Blackfish Backlash

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Wrong.

TripAdvisor claims to be stopping sales to all parks that "display, breed, or transport cetaceans in captivity."

So any park that does any of the above three should be barred from TripAdvisor sales.
That's what the official press release says, but there's a caveat at the bottom of the page that exempts places like Disney.

TripAdvisor and its Viator brand will no longer sell tickets to, or directly generate revenue from, attractions or experiences where captive cetaceans are placed on public display, with the exception of:
Any accredited facility that has made an official and public commitment to implement all of the following practices:
  • Cease and prevent the breeding of cetaceans in its care
  • Cease the importation of captive cetaceans from other facilities for public display
  • Cease the capture and importation of wild cetaceans for public display

Disney hasn't publicly commented on this yet, so it's possible that they may opt to be blacklisted. But that's pretty unlikely.
 
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That's what the official press release says, but there's a caveat at the bottom of the page that exempts places like Disney.

TripAdvisor and its Viator brand will no longer sell tickets to, or directly generate revenue from, attractions or experiences where captive cetaceans are placed on public display, with the exception of:
Any accredited facility that has made an official and public commitment to implement all of the following practices:
  • Cease and prevent the breeding of cetaceans in its care
  • Cease the importation of captive cetaceans from other facilities for public display
  • Cease the capture and importation of wild cetaceans for public display

Disney hasn't publicly commented on this yet, so it's possible that they may opt to be blacklisted. But that's pretty unlikely.
Yeah so basically, they can't breed dolphins or acquire new dolphins. So if Disney agreed to this, they'd basically be agreeing to end the dolphins at Epcot.

That is far more unlikely.
 
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The media backlash likely makes TripAdvisor think the loss in business outweighs the negative publicity of selling tickets to these locations.
 
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It looks like the changes won't be as big as what happened in San Diego, but the other parks will be getting rid of the "theatrical" segments and replacing them with more educational segments. This is for the best in my opinion. Although there are a lot of flaws with Orca Encounter, it's still a good show and shows the public how SW is really into scientific research. The other shows are starting to look like aquatic circuses, which is the opposite of what the company wants to be associated with.
 
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The Simpsons episode from November 3rd titled "Gorillas on the Mast" featured an unflattering spoof of Seaworld. After visting "Aquatraz Water Park" and seeing the animals in captivity, Bart and Lisa freed the killer whales plus a gorilla from another zoo.


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I e mentioned this to others but I think that the reason that sea world has taken so much flak is that they are the only company in the us with killer whales. PETA has found an issue that they can put a face to and drag through the mud. Id imagine it’s much harder to get cultural support for such an initiative when you’re trying to change a culture wide issue like the dolphins we have at dozens of locations across the country.

If only *one* big bad company is doing it, they *must* be the ones who are wrong.
 
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