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SeaWorld has long had a big impact on our region’s economy and national reputation.
That presence took a hit when filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite released her damning documentary, “Blackfish.” SeaWorld was forced to deal with a heightened degree of scrutiny from a growing base of critics, and we wanted to know what that meant for San Diego.
READ MORE: What We Learned About SeaWorld
To cap off our quest, a series that dove into the ethics, economics and fate of the park, we’re gathering a few invested parties to talk through the issues. Tickets are $20, but the event is free for VOSD members. Register here.
Joining us on stage June 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla:
We Stand Up For You. Will You Stand Up For Us?
From what I've seen of the lineup, looks like the pro-SeaWorld side is over represented and the anti-SeaWorld side has just one spokesperson. Three to one. I am disappointed that it is not a level playing field.
@OrcaSOS omg I'm sure people will get drunk on all the spinning.
@OrcaSOS I wish I could go
A well-known and -respected elected leader very clearly stating her support for AB 2140:
“In my 20 years as a San Diego County Supervisor, and 4 years as Encinitas Mayor and City Councilmember, I have been motivated to use the public forum to do good work on behalf of animals and the natural world. I am happy to have had the chance to have a public voice on this and other matters. I also had the chance as a teacher to educate children and families. And it is clear to me now that no matter what your walk of life, you can make a difference by living your beliefs. It really is simple and so very liberating to do so, and I encourage everyone to support AB 2140. It is truly the right thing to do."
These are some of the things I would like Seaworld to answer as there is a lot more to this than Blackfish. People were protesting long before Blackfish was thought about and despite asking numerous times, no one will answer as I suspect as in the case of Kalina in this file, if they did, they would have to admit some of the things they have stated are simply not true as the truth is there in their parks. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.435814693190089.1073741838.410988929005999&type=3
After the debate, experience the facts. Join us this summer just off the coast, and see the world as it really is.
Great event! But it's actually not the first time Sea World is talking to the public after Blackfish. UC San Diego's Associated Students Concert and Events did a Sea World debate/panel on April 14th where they brought in Dr. St Leger, Corporate Veterinarian for Pathology and Research for Sea World, to debate a UCSD Professor and answer questions from the public.