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What SeaWorld Won’t Tell You About Dawn Brancheau’s Death

February 24, 2016

The following is a summary of the Seaworldofhurt / Peta report which can be seen with lots more pictures at

SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau began her Dine With Shamu show on February 24, 2010, just as she had many times before, but this particular show included a gruesome finale that left Brancheau’s body without her left arm or part of her scalp, among other injuries. Dawn Brancheau was declared dead shortly after the show, but still, six years later, SeaWorld claims no responsibility for the vicious attack. So just how did one of SeaWorld’s most experienced and celebrated trainers end up crushed and drowned by the jaws of the marine park’s largest attraction?

“We don’t know for sure what motivated Tilikum. But there’s no doubt that he knew exactly what he was doing. He killed her.”

Former SeaWorld Trainer Jeffrey Ventre


A Killer Whale Is Born

Former SeaWorld trainer Jeffrey Ventre blamed Tilikum for Brancheau’s death, but the truth begins with the wild orca’s capture near Iceland in 1983. At just 2 years old, he was torn from his mother and their ocean home and sent to the rundown marine park Sealand of the Pacific. Food was withheld from him as a training technique, and he endured attacks from the two dominant female orcas, whom he was forced to live with. After years of performing eight shows a day, seven days a week, Tilikum dragged Sealand trainer Keltie Byrne to the bottom of the pool, where he and the other orcas stripped her of all her clothing and left bite marks and bruises on her skin. It took nearly two hours to retrieve her body. Not long after Keltie’s death, Sealand closed its doors, and its orcas were purchased by SeaWorld.

My understanding of the animal’s past was very limited. In fact, there had been 30 incidents between killer whales, and trainers prior to my being hired at the park. And I didn’t know about any of them until after I left SeaWorld. So I think that’s a serious mistake on SeaWorld’s part that they weren’t letting people know the history of all the animals.”

Former SeaWorld Trainer Samantha Berg

History Repeats Itself

As Dawn Brancheau lay next to Tilikum, petting him in just a few inches of water, she likely had no reason to suspect that she was about to be torn apart. According to one of SeaWorld’s own employees, the event was unpredictable and the orca gave no indication that he was about to grab her. Even if Brancheau had spotted signs that Tilikum might act aggressively, would SeaWorld’s star performer have done anything differently? Maybe not—trainers were expected to continue performances, regardless of any signs that an orca might act out.

In one case, trainers ended a show after an orca began to ignore signals, swim rapidly, and grab at one of the trainer’s arms. In response, SeaWorld’s vice president for animal training criticized their actions in a two-page document claiming that the show should not have been ended early because it brought unnecessary attention to the incident. He argued that the trainers should have used other resources before canceling the show, despite SeaWorld’s official position that trainers could end a show at any time if they felt uncomfortable.

Why were SeaWorld trainers being forced to interact so closely with these enormous wild mammals? This was precisely the issue at the center of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) investigation. The agency cited SeaWorld for multiple violations and demanded that the company stop putting trainers at risk by making them interact with orcas during shows.


The Truth Comes Out

SeaWorld finally gave up on appealing its violations, but not before OSHA presented damning evidence that seems to imply that SeaWorld may be responsible for its own trainer’s death. OSHA found that in the 20 years leading up to Brancheau’s death, the park generated 100 reports of aggression and precursors to aggression—including 12 incidents resulting in the injury or death of a trainer—and according to SeaWorld’s own corporate curator for zoological operations, there were times that the company didn’t document incidents at all, which can be evidenced by SeaWorld’s failure to generate an incident report for Dawn Brancheau’s death and for a third death that Tilikum may have previously been involved with.

More than six years after the “accident,” there are still concerns about Dawn Brancheau’s last day as a SeaWorld trainer that have grave implications. Why did the marine park wait for 27 minutes to call for paramedics after Tilikum pulled Brancheau into the water? Was the park using this time to remove witnesses whose accounts didn’t match the story that SeaWorld was trying to create to make it seem as if her ponytail had triggered Tilikum’s reaction? Perhaps most importantly, why did SeaWorld’s then-owner try to blame his own orca trainer for her death—even after the OSHA investigation uncovered that the same safety measures and recall signals that had failed to prevent Dawn Brancheau’s death had been failing for years? And why did SeaWorld continue to rely on those failed measures?

“Let’s face it, in these types of incidents, I don’t recall any whale responding to any hand slap, food bucket, or any other distraction we tried to implement.”

Internal SeaWorld document

The evidence in the judge’s decision seems to indicate that SeaWorld tried to downplay the risks and dangers that its trainers would encounter while working with captive orcas and to cover up its own failures in the incident that led to Dawn Brancheau’s death. SeaWorld wasn’t even willing to put the life of its own star trainer before profit, so why should anyone trust that it would ever put the well-being of its captive animals first?

To help all animals held captive by SeaWorld, please never buy a ticket, visit the parks, or support SeaWorld in any other way, and urge the marine park to stop raping orcas!

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Iceland: 27/2/16 – Iceland Cancels Whale Hunt.


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Iceland Cancels Whale Hunt

An Icelandic whaling company says strict Japanese regulations prevent it from selling contaminated meat from endangered fin whales.

Endangered fin whales in the far North Atlantic Ocean have received a reprieve from being hunted—at least for now.

On Thursday, the Icelandic company Hvalur hf said it will cancel this summer’s hunt for fin whales, the world’s second-largest animal. The company, Iceland’s leading whaling outfit, had planned to kill up to 155 whales this year. Most of that meat was to be exported to Japan.

Iceland’s whale hunt is conducted in violation of the International Whaling Commission’s global ban on commercial whaling.

Fin whales are listed as endangered throughout their range under the United States’ Endangered Species Act.

Kristján Loftsson, managing director of Hvalur, blamed Japanese import regulations for making sales of whale meat in that country difficult, if not impossible.

“Our problem with the Japanese is that they are analyzing for PCB contaminants in the blubber of the whales, using methods that are 40 years old and very inaccurate,” Loftsson said. “We have to give up because we don’t know what will come out of this analysis.”

Loftsson said Japan is the only country not to use updated methods for testing whale meat for PCBs, as established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

But Kate O’Connell, a marine wildlife consultant for the Animal Welfare Institute, said Loftsson’s claim was “misleading.” She said Japan previously blocked whale meat imports from Hvalur because of contamination with pesticides and that the regulations on pesticides do not apply to marine mammal meat.

“In 2013, a shipment of Hvalur whale products was tested and found to contain levels of [the pesticides] aldrin and dieldrin above the Japanese food safety limits,” O’Connell said in an email. “As a result, Japanese officials have stated that they require testing of whale shipments both prior to and following import due to concerns about contaminant levels.”

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Japanese food-safety laws are among the strictest in the world, O’Connell said. “The ‘permissible’ levels of aldrin and dieldrin in Japanese foodstuffs are lower than what would be considered acceptable in many other countries,” she said. “Their methodologies do require more lengthy and in-depth testing and take longer, but I imagine consumers in Japan are grateful for this.”

Whatever the reason for Hvalur’s decision, wildlife conservationists applauded the move.

“This is fabulous news that Mr. Loftsson, who is the driving force and individual behind the Iceland hunts, has decided he’s not going to hunt whales this year,” said Phil Kline, senior oceans campaigner for Greenpeace.

Vanessa Williams-Grey, senior whaling campaigner at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said in a statement, “Harpooning fin whales and shipping their meat halfway round the world to Japan has always been as crazy as it is cruel.”

“It is well documented that whale meat contains high levels of toxins, and much of the meat exported by Loftsson’s company sits, unwanted, in frozen stockpiles,” Williams-Grey added. “It seems that Kristján Loftsson has finally realized that his fin whaling has no future. The end of commercial whaling has moved a step closer today.”

Although Japan has rejected whale meat from Iceland in past years because of high toxin levels, Kline said that was not the only reason for Hvalur’s decision.

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“They are under pressure in multiple other ways,” he said. “The U.S. government has maintained diplomatic measures against Iceland in the past couple of years, which has been bothersome to politicians who have to discuss whales when meeting with U.S. officials.”

Kline added that Icelandic whale meat had been blocked from entering some European ports in the past and that some major shipping lines have refused to transport the product.

It is not clear whether Hvalur will resume hunting fin whales.

“We should remember that Loftsson stopped whaling before in 2011 and 2012, yet resumed whaling in 2013,” O’Connell said.

Loftsson said if the Japanese “change their attitude, we’ll start again. But if they don’t, we will not do anything.”

He added that his decision had nothing to do with international pressure against whaling.

“I don’t care about these people, this anti-whaling movement,” Loftsson said. “They are against everything. You name it, they don’t support it.”

Even if Hvalur permanently cancels its fin whale hunt, other Icelandic companies still slaughter minke whales for their meat.

“It’s predominantly consumed by people visiting Iceland,” Kline said. “But if tourists would go there to greet the whales rather than eat them, [the Icelanders] would no longer hunt them.”


SAV Comment – Taiji dolphins contaminated with Mercury; contaminated whales as we read here – good old man; gradually destroying everything and killing this beautiful planet ! – what about destroying the human species and trying to put things right again ?