Friday, May 31, 2013

Battle of the #Blackfish Posters

Just today, Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite sent us the new poster for her movie, and we love it. However, it did stir an internal debate. Of the 5 former SW trainers / cast members that commented, 2 liked the old version, 2 liked the new version, and one liked them both about the same. So now we need your help. 

Here's how it shook out: John Hargrove & John Jett voted for the original poster, as best version. Carol Ray & Jeffrey Ventre voted for the new poster. Samantha Berg liked them both about the same. 

JJ: I like the old one.  Just my two-cents. 
Carol: OMG, I LOVE this! Now I really want a t-shirt. [I] loved the other one too, don't get me wrong, but this is fantastic. And, I love the, 'Don't capture what you can't control'....awesome!  
JV: Pardon my French, but Holy F-ing Shit. Amazing. Thx Gab! 
JH: I like the old one too! But this one isn't bad. 
Samantha:  Oh wow!  I love it!  I get chills just looking at the poster. Powerful.  I do miss the old picture, but the tag line is PERFECT. 

Thus, with the voting 50:50, we need your help settling the score. Please let us know what you think. You can leave a comment down below or let us know via Twitter @Voice_OT_Orcas


Original Version

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Multimedia From Marineland to Blackfish & Non-Human Personhood

One of the reasons we formed Voice of the Orcas website, and Voice of the Orcas blog, was (is) to serve as a depot for information related to marine mammal conservation and captivity. As the wave of public awareness  grows, more and more material continues to flood the news media as well as social media.


This post is put together to capture a handful of the interviews and videos that touched us this past month, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. 

Enjoy these bits of audio & video. Many thanks to the artists who crafted them, and feel free to suggest others in the comment section. We'd love to add more. 

Who Are Anti-Captivity Activists? by DolphinSerenity

Former SeaWorld Trainer John Hargrove (19-years working with captive killer whales) does a solo Q&A Session after Blackfish Movie at HotDocs in Toronto

We LOVE this Great Marineland Smackdown by Mike Garrett 

Sundance London: VIDEO interviews of Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Manny Oteyza, Director & Producer of Blackfish

Sam Simon's Radio Show from Friday 26 April 2013

Toronto HotDocs Q&A with Gabriela Cowperthwaite of Blackfish, by TheFestivalCircuit 

Steve Wise: What's Behind Opposition to Animal Rights by Non Human Rights Project

Impressive Interview with John Jett PhD 

The Killing Circus - Behind the Glass by AnaGirlEmpath

Red Carpet Interview of Four Former SeaWorld Trainers from Sarasota