Editor:The issue of SeaWorld’s “Orca pens” is on the agenda at today’s – Thursday Oct. 8th – California Coastal Commission meeting up in Long Beach.
Here is Ken Stone’s piece from Times of San Diego, re-published here with permission:
Killer Clash: SeaWorld’s Fate May Hinge on ‘Blue World’ Vote
By Ken Stone / Times of San Diego / October 7, 2015
The fate of SeaWorld’s $100 million Blue World Project — a doubling of killer whale space — rests in the hands of the California Coastal Commission on Thursday in a showdown being framed as the most crucial in the history of orca advocacy.
“There has never been a more important time to speak up for the orcas held captive at SeaWorld,” said Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
For Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment, Blue World’s OK represents a chance to reverse its business slide in the wake of the critical “Blackfish” documentary and former trainer John Hargrove’s book “Beneath the Surface.”
Via an email blast Tuesday, Newkirk called on backers to skip work to attend the daylong meeting and “help us make this the largest SeaWorld protest ever.”