Just Keep Swimming: SeaWorld Board of Directors, 2013

Crisis Director: Christine dePenaloza

Chair: Katelyn Balakir

Vice Chair: Aralia Pawlick

Available January 1st, 2020

Crisis Committee

The SeaWorld Board of Directors will take place from November 2013 until 2015-2016 at the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment headquarters in Orlando, Florida. The focus of committee will be dealing with the aftermath of the release of Blackfish, a dramatic documentary about SeaWorld’s captive orcas, the ethics of such captivity, and how this captivity lead to one whale, Tilikum, to attack and kill his trainer in 2010. The documentary was a major attack against SeaWorld and resulted in significant financial losses through drops in share prices, ticket sales, and a wave of public criticism. The challenges of committee will be dealing with the aftermath of Blackfish, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (which sued SeaWorld for allegedly knowingly putting trainers in danger by having work with the orcas in the water), and the perception of the American public.

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