In an interview with CNBC this past January, Stephen Schwarzman -- CEO of Blackstone, SeaWorld's primary shareholder at the time -- said that orca trainer Dawn Brancheau "violated all the safety rules" SeaWorld had in place at the time of her death. Facing intense backlash, SeaWorld was immediately forced to distance itself from Schwarzman's comments.
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SeaWorld and marine parks profit off keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity -- despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviors in whales, but also endangers trainers. Join us in pledging never to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks until they empty their orca tanks.