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Move over, Tilikum; a new captive beastie is about to take your place on the silver screen.

Tilikum is the killer whale at the heart of Blackfish, the searing documentary that exposed the danger posed by killer whales at SeaWorld. Three human deaths have been attributed to the bull orca, and in relating the story of those deaths, the film quietly built a case against the practice of keeping killer whales in captivity. SeaWorld was quick to dismiss the film, but when it proved difficult to dismiss, they set about debunking its claims. Apparently, that didn't work too well, either, as the company's profits have dropped nearly 30% in the year since the film's release.

A FOX Films representative dismissed any similarities between the two film posters are "totally coincidental," calling the comparison "a typical liberal media tactic."

Now, SeaWorld is partnering with fledgling film studio FOX News Films to produce White Tusk, a film that the company insists is in no way intended to do to the San Diego Zoo what Blackfish did to SeaWorld. White Tusk tells the story of Mila, an African elephant who arrived at the zoo in 2013 from New Zealand — where, in 2012, she killed her trainer while visitors watched in horror.

"Her trainer tripped while exiting her enclosure, and for some reason, Mila picked the woman up with her trunk and crushed her to death," explains director Rex Ployt. "Perhaps it was because Mila spent years in the wretched conditions of a traveling circus, much as Tilikum spent years in wretched conditions at a British Columbia water park. Not that the one has anything to do with the other, of course. Anyway, the zoo closed, and there was talk of euthanizing this dangerous animal. But at the last minute, the San Diego Zoo stepped in and smuggled her into the country amid a cloud of secrecy. Much the way SeaWorld…um, never mind. Anyway, my point is that, if Mila isn't a 'killer elephant,' then Tilikum certainly isn't a killer whale. I mean, he is a killer whale, but he's not a 'killer whale.' In both cases, the problem was trainer error. The important thing is that this story be presented to the public in a full and transparent fashion, preferably before next summer's tourist crush. Did I mention that the Zoo was originally intended to be free to the children of San Diego?"

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Move over, Tilikum; a new captive beastie is about to take your place on the silver screen.

Tilikum is the killer whale at the heart of Blackfish, the searing documentary that exposed the danger posed by killer whales at SeaWorld. Three human deaths have been attributed to the bull orca, and in relating the story of those deaths, the film quietly built a case against the practice of keeping killer whales in captivity. SeaWorld was quick to dismiss the film, but when it proved difficult to dismiss, they set about debunking its claims. Apparently, that didn't work too well, either, as the company's profits have dropped nearly 30% in the year since the film's release.

A FOX Films representative dismissed any similarities between the two film posters are "totally coincidental," calling the comparison "a typical liberal media tactic."

Now, SeaWorld is partnering with fledgling film studio FOX News Films to produce White Tusk, a film that the company insists is in no way intended to do to the San Diego Zoo what Blackfish did to SeaWorld. White Tusk tells the story of Mila, an African elephant who arrived at the zoo in 2013 from New Zealand — where, in 2012, she killed her trainer while visitors watched in horror.

"Her trainer tripped while exiting her enclosure, and for some reason, Mila picked the woman up with her trunk and crushed her to death," explains director Rex Ployt. "Perhaps it was because Mila spent years in the wretched conditions of a traveling circus, much as Tilikum spent years in wretched conditions at a British Columbia water park. Not that the one has anything to do with the other, of course. Anyway, the zoo closed, and there was talk of euthanizing this dangerous animal. But at the last minute, the San Diego Zoo stepped in and smuggled her into the country amid a cloud of secrecy. Much the way SeaWorld…um, never mind. Anyway, my point is that, if Mila isn't a 'killer elephant,' then Tilikum certainly isn't a killer whale. I mean, he is a killer whale, but he's not a 'killer whale.' In both cases, the problem was trainer error. The important thing is that this story be presented to the public in a full and transparent fashion, preferably before next summer's tourist crush. Did I mention that the Zoo was originally intended to be free to the children of San Diego?"

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They said they were going to publish the first 125 names, but I only count 61 in print. What's up with that?

March 11, 2010

Isn't this a remake of the Elizabeth Taylor film, Elephant Walk? ;-)

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Nov. 22, 2014

Truth amid the joshing: the World Famous San Diego Zoo, back when it was just the plain San Diego Zoo, really WAS supposed to be free to San Diego kids. Today it costs nearly $100 for a tyke to go through the turnstile. (That's softened by calling the ticket a three-day pass or some such dodge -- but who wants to bring their kid back for another zoo visit within three days?) Plus, the City of San Diego subsidizes the Zoo annually from the General Fund, even though the Zoo rakes in plenty of dough without it. We could talk about rampant commercialism inside the walls, too, but enough negativity for now.

Nov. 23, 2014

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