Documentary Exposes Controversial History of Sea World's Role in Captive Dolphin and Whale Industry


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A new documentary talks with scientists, biologists, animal trainers and activists to uncover the long history of Sea World's role in the whale and dolphin capture industry, which has never been without serious controversy. Watch the trailer after the jump.

A Fall From Freedom trailer from OdyseeTV on Vimeo.

According to the press release announcing the film, "Sea World is responsible for the death of thousands of dolphins and whales, so states former Sea World biologist Dr. John Hall." It is this issue, which is at the heart of activism to end capture and display of whales and dolphins, that is explored in A Fall From Freedom.

The documentary explores the role Sea World plays in the deaths of dolphins in Japan, where they support the annual hunts that also provide their parks with replacement animals; the idea that dolphins are sentient beings and cannot, nor should not, be kept in captivity; and that the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums has "worked tirelessly to reduce government oversight on the health and well-being of captive whales and dolphins."

The film will be screened in September in San Rafael, CA, and can be purchased online in DVD or MP4 format.

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