SeaWorld Denies Claims Made in 'Blackfish' Documentarythe daily dish
The film "Blackfish," which in large part is critical of SeaWorld and the practice of keeping orcas in captivity, has opened to nearly universal critical praise. Not among the films fans, unsurprisingly, is SeaWorld itself, which has denied claims made in the film about the theme parks, according to the Guardian U.K.
In particular, SeaWorld has taken exception to the film's blaming of the park's policies and practices for the deaths over the years of three people, all killed by Tilikum, an orca who first was captured in 1983. The most notorious of these deaths is the most recent incident, when trainer Dawn Brancheau drowned during a show. "Blackfish" asserts that despite Tilikum's violent history, there are no recorded orca attacks on humans in the wild.
SeaWorld issued a statement denouncing the film, saying, "'Blackfish' is billed as a documentary, but instead of a fair and balanced treatment of a complex subject, the film is inaccurate and misleading and, regrettably, exploits a tragedy that remains a source of deep pain for Dawn Brancheau's family, friends and colleagues."
The statement says that "Blackfish" distorts the facts about SeaWorld that it presents, and omits entirely other important facts about the park, including "that SeaWorld is one of the world's most respected zoological institutions, that SeaWorld rescues, rehabilitates and returns to the wild hundreds of wild animals every year, and that SeaWorld commits millions of dollars annually to conservation and scientific research."
The statement also underscores SeaWorld's commitment to the safety of its trainers, its guests and the animals under its care.
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