Moby Doll was the first-ever orca whale to be kept in captivity, courtesy of the Vancouver Aquarium. A whaler was hired to kill an orca for use as a model to build a fiberglass replica for a new public display. The orca was harpooned but she didn't die. So the aquarium directed the whaler to tow her -- by the line attached to the harpoon still stuck in that poor animal -- for 80 nautical miles through rough seas to Vancouver docks. There she was placed in a makeshift sea pen until she starved to death a couple of months later.
Annelise Sorg became an animal rights activist in 1987 when she started working as a director of the Vancouver Humane Society in charge of the Animals in Entertainment Committee. Annelise has also served as executive director of the British Columbia Environmental Network and vice president of the Canadian Marine Environment Protection Society. Annelise is a co-founder and president of the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nowhales.incaptivity" rel="nofollow">Coalition For No Whales In Captivity</a>. <br> <br> Annelise was instrumental in the success of local campaigns such as the banning of wild animals acts in circuses in 1992; the closing of the Stanley Park Zoo through a public referendum vote in 1993; enacting a municipal bylaw restricting the importation of whales and dolphins into Vancouver parks in 1996; the closure of the Vancouver Aquarium orca whale exhibit in 2001; and an investigation that lead to exposure of the unauthorized importation of dolphins from Japan into Vancouver in 2005.
Remember Tilikum, the orca that was shipped from Victoria's Sealand to Orlando's SeaWorld after the death of a trainer? "Blackfish" shows us that wasn't the last tragedy associated with this killer whale. I watched the whole movie with a big stupid grin on my face, because I know this whale tale all too well, and there it was unfolding beautifully for public consumption on the big screen. Sitting in the theatre, I couldn't help but think of the reaction that "Blackfish" will cause within the industry, the public and the government. And that made me smile. I figure if all goes well, "Blackfish" will sink SeaWorld's captive orca whale program, just like "Free Willy" sank the program at the Vancouver Aquarium.
08/01/2013 02:02 EDT
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