Bindi Irwin Slammed For Teaming Up With Orca-Abusing SeaWorld

Fri, March 7, 2014 1:51pm EST by 10 Comments
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After ‘Blackfish’ showed how horribly Orca whales were treated at SeaWorld, fans are extremely angry that Bindi Irwin would team up with the amusement park!

After Bindi Irwin announced she was working with SeaWorld, she received hundreds of angry tweets asking her how she could team up with the organization after they were exposed for mistreating Orcas in the horribly sad documentary Blackfish. Bindi, who is the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, wants to carry on her father’s legacy — but this may not be the smartest way to do so.

Bindi Irwin’s SeaWorld Work Under Fire

Has Bindi seen Blackfish? The documentary that premiered at Sundance in 2013 caused worldwide reaction since CNN streamed it, and revealed the horrifying conditions Orcas live in at parks like SeaWorld.

So, when Bindi announced she’s pairing up with them for Generation Nature, it’s no surprise there was a backlash. She explained the initiative as being “all about encouraging kids to get involved and be game-changers for wildlife in wild places.”

“I’m so excited to be carrying on in dad’s footsteps and making sure that everything he worked so hard for continues for the generations to come,” she said. “That’s why I’m thrilled to be empowering kids, because as kids we are the next generation, we’re the next voters, we’re the next decision-makers, and the next generation to really be changing the world.”

SeaWorld also released a statement saying how excited they were to have Bindi help “encourage kids to take part in helping to save wildlife.”

But not everyone’s that happy.

Bindi Attacked On Twitter

Here are some tweets on how people feel about her new partnership — read them, then let us know: do you think it’s right for Bindi to team up with SeaWorld?

— Emily Longeretta

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Smith John

Posted at 4:34 PM on March 9, 2014  

These extremist nutjobs are terrorist supporting criminals.Does the likes of Rod Coronado or Camille Marino mean anything? PETA and ALF support terrorism that has maimed, beaten and tried to kill people.Why hasn’t our law enforcement put more of these evil radical animal rights dirtbags in prison?

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Posted at 3:08 PM on March 9, 2014  

I was just as angry as every other activist but ‘think positive’ she will learn the ‘Wrongs’ of SeaWorld and ‘fight’ back…hopefully and don’t forget those still captive have to be rehabilitated towards ‘Freedom’ and this takes time….ask Dr. Ingrid Visser.

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Smith John

Posted at 4:35 PM on March 9, 2014  

Oh BS grow up and quit spewing urban radical animal rights stupidity.

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Posted at 12:28 AM on March 8, 2014  

She explained the initiative as being “all about encouraging kids to get involved and be game-changers for wildlife in wild places.”…..can no one see the irony here? Being a ‘game changer” means standing up against place like Sea World…..not getting paid by them to try to woo people back to their crappy park. I am so disappointed in this it is unreal.

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Sally Newell

Posted at 8:32 PM on March 7, 2014  

Bindi version
It is so disappointing they Bindi Irwin (read Terri Irwin) has chosen to disgrace the Irwin family name by an alliance with SeaWorld with a knock on effect of whitewashing SeaWorld’s disgraceful central meme – making money from cetaceans slaves.

Even if SeaWorld does a few animal rescues and rehabs this does not excuse SeaWorld’s core business of profitable cetacean slavery. Bindi Irwi is to be exploited as a piece of greenwash (we are really only a little bit bad because elsewhere that we do a lot of good) missing the main point – that cetacean slavery is not ok, and that it is immensely cruel. SeaWorld could transition into a highly profitable marine themed, human adventure centred business with no loss of jobs or amenity to the local area, without imprisoning highly intelligent family oriented beings and cutting short their lives.

Why would anyone decide to go to SeaWorld? From the glossy surface of SeaWorld’s PR machine, parents are offered a pinnacle experience with a chance to connect with nature, a guaranteed feel good factor.

Yet under the glossy facade there lies a horrifying tale of kidnappings murders and unbelievable cruelty. Started in 1970’s SeaWorld ripped hundreds of Orcas from their families, many died. After weighted bodies washed up the outcry led to legislation that forbade US Orca captures. Despite the no captured policy many SeaWorld dolphins have Taiji DNA. 17 dolphins die per one kidnapped, the $160,000 or so paid for a “trained” dolphin underwrites this  barbaric genocidal slaughter, with agonising 10-20 minute deaths. The kidnapped dolphins are starved then force-fed with a mixture of drugs and dead fish, an then conditioned to do tricks with food deprivation. Many of these dolphins, or their offspring, find their way back to Western countries.

SeaWorld demands sexual services from its  highly intelligent cetaceans, infamously inbreeding direct kin; and the sad results include stillbirths and maternal deaths, and SeaWorld pools echo with the long sad cries of mothers when their babies are taken away from them. Merely saying that Tilikum’s offspring do not share his aggressive tendencies, or that SeaWorld has taken “extraordinary steps” and is evolving its training protocols ignores the fundamental issue that it is wrong to keep cetaceans in tank only several times bigger than their body lengths when they are used to swimming 40-100km per day in the wild and interacting with their whole families for all of their lives.

Dolphins and whales are highly intelligent and call each other by name. Captive cetaceans have remembered their family members names even after twenty years. Their language is so complexly structured that we may have difficulty in deciphering it for quite some time, and it appears that they use non-linear maths everyday in acquiring food.

SeaWorld imprisons cetaceans in tiny tanks, and shortens their lives. Instead of living 50-100 years, they are force-fed and drugged, or ripped from their mothers early and live only 9 years on average. It is so wrong to imprison such powerful magnificent sea beings in reflective tanks that effectively blind them.

SeaWorld defends its existence citing “conservation efforts and research” but they spend much less than 1% of their gross on conservation. SeaWorld has never released an Orca back to the wild. SeaWorld pays for severed Beluga male organs thus funding Beluga slaughter, for their inbreeding program. Going to SeaWorld is as educational about cetaceans as a visitor from Mars looking at humans in solitary confinement, or asking the Kings College Choir to sing Three Blind Mice. Where else do animals have to perform mindless tricks to even get fed except at a circus. This is not conservation, but exploitation! SeaWorld paid part owners Blackstone 657 Million dollars from less than one year’s take. The directors have been dumping stock and SEAS is on the nose, as the general public wakes up to the awful cruelty at SeaWorld. Being ripped from your family and being forced to swim in tiny circles rather in the open ocean to do silly tricks for human entertainment, and huge profits for SeaWorld owners, directors and shareholders, could be only be described as modern day slavery.

Bindi please respect yourself and dump your alliance with SeaWorld – promoting cetacean slavery is so wrong and cruel. Please have a heart and become educated!

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Smith John

Posted at 4:37 PM on March 9, 2014  

Oh bull sorry the world simply does not buy into extremist radical animal rights stupidity.Doubt you are a marine biologist so why don’t you S T F U?

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Sally Newell

Posted at 8:14 PM on March 7, 2014  

Perhaps this was what went down..
Movie Brainwave!!

Setting: Big Jim’s Special Mountain Retreat

BCU on BJ “Well guys, I pay you enough, you have to come up with something”

Pan shot sliding over many folders cups of coffee, pizza boxes, to a gleaming expresso machine apparently the size of a railroad car

Reflection shot: BJ stands and bellows “No one is leaving until we have the cure” Heavy silence – camera slowly sides along the machine until there is an out of focus dark screen with odd white shapes appearing and disappearing ..” When you look into their eyes..

“Shut it” Camera on BJ’s eyes – screwed up in pain – “I heard the bloody thing a million times – we have to come up with something GREAT.”
He paces at the window – looking up at snowy peaks – “who could we think of who would have more “spiritual power” ? Roaring now “Come on – think of your stock options and your bonuses!”

Rustles, scribbles, muttering .. someone ventures up and is glared at..

Slow pans over stock analysis figures, empty coffee cups.. The light starts to fade..

“That’s it” “I got it” swelling music and cheering slowly mounting in the background

“Our very own Dolphin Rescue Movie!!
Starring Bindi Irwin”

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Posted at 2:49 PM on March 7, 2014  

what Brian explained I am inspired that people can make $4300 in 1 month on the computer . see page.

>>>>>>>> WWW.B­­A­­­Y­­­­9­­­­­1.C­O­M

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Posted at 1:24 PM on March 7, 2014  

She should know better.

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Mister Baja

Posted at 12:59 PM on March 7, 2014  

so Sea World wanna stay young?

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