Tonight - Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - CNN will be airing the documentary film “Blackfish” from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET (and again from 12:00 am to 2:00 am ET). If you haven’t seen the film or aren’t familiar with it, you can watch the trailer HERE.
Similar to “The Cove,” the film paradoxically “illuminates” the dark abusement park industry and the lies to coverup errors and avoid shutdown and/or public or conservation scrutiny. In this case, the culprit is Sea World and their insidious practice of hunting, abusing, killing and ultimately forcing whales into captivity with disregard to their psychological conditions for the “public benefit” of “entertainment.”
Related: 'Blackfish' Sparks Debate Over Taking Kids To Animal Parks
After seeing this film myself, I can honestly tell you that it’s a black and white representation of the impunity perpetuated by a capitalist society propelled by loose regulations, inhumane practices, crimes against humanity and more importantly, the well-being and conservation of the majority of species who have been here much longer than we.
Some of you may remember the wave of statements released by Sea World’s public relations team before the film was released, which backfired and drew much more media attention to the film than Sea World may have originally intended. An example of this here:
"The uncharacteristic preemptive strike by a major company against an independent documentary could very well be a sign the SeaWorld is indeed worried about how this film will affect its profits. Could it be because there are facts in the film SeaWorld has worked hard to cover up? Quite possibly. Could it be because we have seen how powerful documentaries can be about raising public awareness on animal rights, with The Cove being an excellent example? Very possibly." [source]
Well, an independent documentary film being aired back to back by a worldwide news organization should tell you something about how powerful the film is and what our species has learned amidst the increasing knowledge being gained within the fields of zoology, biodiversity, oceanography, evolutionary biology/development, genetics, neuroscience/biology and indeed, conservation.
To accompany the television broadcast event, a simultaneous “Tweetstorm" is taking place to trend the event for wider media exposure via Twitter. See below, follow the link to join and if you have the ability and/or time - even if you’ve already seen the film - tune in tonight.
What is a Tweetstorm? Learn more HERE. Countdown to Tweetstorm HERE. Tweetstorm Time Announcer HERE.
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”[…] the phrase pro life is an excellent example of a ‘buzz word,’ meant to inflame rather than illuminate. There is no right to life in any society on Earth today, nor has there been at any former time (with a few rare exceptions, such as among the Jains of India).
We raise farm animals for slaughter; destroy forests; pollute rivers and lakes until no fish can live there; hunt elk and deer for sport, leopards for their pelts, and whales for dog food; entwine dolphins, gasping and writhing, in great tuna nets; and and club seal pups to death for ‘population management’.
All these beasts and vegetables are as alive as we.
What is protected in many human societies is not life, but human life.
And even with this protection, we wage “modern” wars on civilian populations with a toll so terrible we are, most of us, afraid to consider it very deeply.
Often such mass murders are justified by racial or nationalistic redefinitions of our opponents as less than human.”
— Carl Sagan; ‘The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
Further reading: Blackfish | A Chilling Doc On Captive
Killer Whales; CNN FILMS Broadcasts ‘Blackfish’ and ‘Pandora’s Promise’ in October, November.
This is a positive step for humanity as we breach a new era in history where animal sentience is surfacing as an issue that highlights our species’ ability to mature and evolve alongside our genetic kin of the natural world we inhabit together.