With footage of the 2006 Killer Whale attack of a trainer being released, this interview with David Kirby and Anne Marie Van Dijk couldn’t have better timing.  David, who is the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm and Animal Factory has released a new book Death at SeaWorld which documents and effectively engages with the fierce debate about whether it is good and right to keep killer whales (orcas) in captivity at marine theme parks for the purpose of entertaining the public.  This is a topic that has struck the passion chords of many people as well as celebrities.

Death at SeaWorld centers on the battle with the multimillion-dollar marine park industry over the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity. Following the story of marine biologist and animal advocate at the Humane Society of the US, Naomi Rose, Kirby tells the gripping story of the two-decade fight against PR-savvy SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.  Kirby puts that horrific animal-on-human attack in context. Brancheau’s death was the most publicized among several brutal attacks that have occurred at Sea World and other marine mammal theme parks.  Death at SeaWorld introduces real people taking part in this debate, from former trainers turned animal rights activists to the men and women that champion SeaWorld and the captivity of whales. In section two the orcas act out. And as the story progresses and orca attacks on trainers become increasingly violent, the warnings of Naomi Rose and other scientists fall on deaf ears, only to be realized with the death of Dawn Brancheau. Finally he covers the media backlash, the eyewitnesses who come forward to challenge SeaWorld’s glossy image, and the groundbreaking OSHA case that challenges the very idea of keeping killer whales in captivity and may spell the end of having trainers in the water with the ocean’s top predators.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with David Kirby and SuperModel Anne Marie Van Dijk (Who has become an enormous advocate for this cause) in NYC to talk about this incredible cause and his new book “Death At Seaworld”, which has received critical acclaim and widespread buzz.  Many of the world’s biggest advocates and celebrities have rallied around this book and cause so enjoy Kade Nation!!

Here is David on CNN with Anderson Cooper and FOX Business talking about his new book!

And Diane Sawyer talking about the Seaworld attack footage being released on ABC News..

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