SeaWorld is finally putting its mouth where its money is.
On June 5 at La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art, a representative from SeaWorld will take on two prominent critics of the park to “talk through the issue” of keeping killer whales in captivity, according to Voice of San Diego, organizer of the unprecedented event.
“As far as we’ve seen, this will be the first time SeaWorld answers questions and offers its perspective directly to the public,” says VOSD’s website. In the past few years, SeaWorld has dispatched staff members to participate in panel discussions on captivity at a few marine mammal conferences, and company representatives have testified before Congress and a recent California Assembly Committee considering a bill to ban orca display in the state.
Now members of the general public will have an opportunity to grill a company rep as well as two captivity critics: Naomi Rose, marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, and Susan Gray Davis, a former UC San Diego professor who wrote the 1997 book Spectacular Nature: Corporate Culture and the Sea World Experience.
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It is amazing what people are doing with drone cameras! Watch this beautiful short clip of whales in Hawaii….. WATCH HERE
Using my Dronefly and Gopro Hero 3+, I was able to catch these beautiful whales enjoying the ocean over 3 separate days on the North Shore of Oahu, my favorite being the pod of whales swimming through the wave lineup at Pipeline. While I filmed from land, the whales ranged anywhere from a mile out at sea to close to the shore. A truly awesome experience.
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The man above , Mario (patient last name withheld), is a 54-year-old volunteer who worked with the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands for years. He has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and had one wish: To say goodbye to the animals he had cared for.
Thanks to a Dutch organization called the Ambulance Wish Foundation, Mario is one of a few lucky people that are granted a final wish when they are terminally ill. The photo, which was shared on the AWF Facebook page Thursday morning, shot to the front page of Reddit only a few hours later. Much like the American organization Make-A-Wish, AWF operates thanks to the kindness of volunteers that work together to bring people’s dreams to fruition.
EMPLOYEES deserve a fair wage!
Like Walmart, many of Target’s employees are underpaid, forced to work part-time schedules and are forced to resort to safety nets like SNAP, housing assistance, Medicaid, and EITC while shareholders reap the benefits of their hard work and Target’s CEO, Gregg Steinhafel, makes almost $14,000 per hour–(that’s $3,000 per hour more than Walmart CEO Mike Duke)
So naturally TARGET, like corporate welfare queen Walmart is TERRIFIED of unions coming into their stores
Now, Target has updated its anti-union training video that every Target team member is forced to watch–and it’s one of the worst things you will ever see.
SEE IT ALL HERE
A little store in a Hollister, Missouri shopping center is offering the basic needs — clothing, hygiene items and baby supplies — at incredible prices. They’re all free.
The shop, called Selfless Blessings, was started by Andrea Berdine after she witnessed a thrift store turning away a man who asked if he could have one of their coats.
“He wasn’t asking for money,” she told KY3 news. “He was cold, and he was wet, and he needed a coat.”
Like many of us, Berdine was compelled to act. “I found him, gave him a coat… (and) told him how sorry we were, couldn’t believe that happened in our community,” she says.
After posting her frustration on Facebook, a new group was born, wanting to do good for those in need.
Now she runs a shop of her own where people throughout the community come to drop off bags of used clothes and household items so Andrea and her volunteers can give them away.
“We have supporters come in and drop a $10.00 donation and leave with nothing but a hug,” Andrea told the Good News Network. “We have others who come in and leave with bags full of food and toiletries and pay nothing, but a thankful hug.”
“A lot of people told me I was crazy, but crazy has turned into a perfect storm of giving,” she added. “There have been trials as far as funding, but it always seems to come out in the wash.”
The Facebook group is open to all at SelflessBlessings.
(WATCH the inspiring video at KY3.com)
DONATE: (Selfless Blessings, Inc. has applied for, but not yet received, 501C3 non-profit status):
– 153 1st Street, Turkey Creek Junction, Hollister, MO. 65672
– Make cash donations through Paypal or credit card at www.selflessblessings.com.
– Anyone wishing to receive a written acknowledgment of your donation will need to ask for the same at the time of the donation.
Everyone needs to see the new documentary BLACKFISH. And if you have kids, have them watch it also.
Country star Trace Adkins has decided not to sing at SeaWorld to
avoid controversy over how the Orlando, Florida, theme park treats its
Adkins joins a long list
of musical acts who have canceled shows that were scheduled as part of
SeaWorld’s “Bands, Blues & BBQ” in February and March.
Protestors and contract-shredding musical acts haven’t been enough to slow the turnstile clicks at SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS).
The controversial operator of marine-life parks revealed on Monday that
it enjoyed a wave of record attendance levels at its three namesake
There have been 70 “accidents” with killer whales in the last 20 years.
This must stop!
Would YOU want to live your life inside a 50ft square box? It’s the same thing.
idea that’s been around for centuries. Yet at times we’ve also done the
opposite by selling our species short and throwing in the towel early.
Towards the end of the 1800s, for example, conventional wisdom suggested
that all the great scientific discoveries had already been made and
that there wasn’t much left to do beyond some “tidying up” of existing
Patent Office, boldly asserted in 1899, “Everything that can be invented – has already been invented.”
Only Make Believe is the New York City and newly, Washington D.C., based
non-profit organization that brings laughter and imagination to
children suffering from chronic illnesses and disabilities. Since
1999, this organization has brought interactive theater performed by
professional actors to over 35,000 children and families in 52 hospitals
in the NYC metro area and 3 hospitals in the D.C. area.
support from Jude Law, Mike Myers, Sir Ian McKellen, Julia Stiles, Rachel Weisz, Alan Cumming, Kathie Lee Gifford, Chistopher Meloni, Petra Nemcova, and
more, Only Make Believe has brought joy and hope to the hearts of
families and children facing hard times. With the recent opening of
their Washington D.C. sector, they have already brought the healing
power of laugher to almost 300 children in Washington D.C. within one
year and do not plan to stop now! For more information on the
organization, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org.
Dena Hammerstein founded the non-profit Only Make Believe in 1999 in memory of her late husband, Broadway producer and director James Hammerstein, son of Oscar Hammerstein part of the legendary musical writing and composing duo Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The organization was created to bring live interactive theater
free-of-charge to children living with chronic illnesses and
disabilities. Only Make Believe provides theatrical workshops
conducted by teams of professional actors, once a week for six weeks,
free-of-charge to hospitals and other medical institutions.
Make Believe’s interactive live performances encourage children to
participate and perform alongside actors, transporting them from a
hospital to the enchanting world of make believe. Director of Child Life
at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center explained, “It
was truly wonderful to see the patients clapping, singing and dancing to
the music when often times we just see them lying in bed.” While Only
Make Believe does wonders to help bring happiness to the lives of
children suffering from chronic illness and disease, it also helps to
bring joy back into the hearts of parents. One parent explained, “After
each play, I feel like a new person who’s ready to face life. This show
helps me gain my sense of humor again.” For children and their families,
Only Make Believe strives to uphold the principle that freeing a child’s imagination is a valuable part of the healing process.
For more information, please visit: www.OnlyMakeBelieve.org