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Elizabeth Batt

Digital Journalist based in Coram, MT, United States, United States. Joined on Nov 30, 2011
Expertise in Charity & volunteer work, Women's health, Pets, Teen culture, Environment & green living,   see all» Books

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Op-Ed: Sean Hannity's 'debate' on orca bill evolves into full-on bashing

A new orca protection bill proposed in Sacramento yesterday generated immense media attention including a 'debate' on the Hannity show last night. Presented with few facts and a questionable guest, it became a deplorable display of bullying.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Vet documents show SeaWorld uses valium-type drugs for cetaceans

Still battling controversy in the wake of the documentary Blackfish, court-filed documents reveal that SeaWorld has doped several killer whales with benzodiazepines — a class of drug that includes Valium and Xanax.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

International team to tackle world zoo & aquarium organization

Gland - An international team of dolphin advocates opposed to the Taiji dolphin drives will gather at the headquarters of the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA) this week, to discuss the exclusion of one of its members.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

UK travel industry targeted for selling trips to marine parks Special

A dolphin and whale advocate is taking on one of the world's leading leisure travel groups over selling tickets to UK tourists looking to visit marine parks located abroad.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

'Blackfish' doc inspires legislation to ban orca shows in Calif.

Los Angeles - In another blow for SeaWorld, a state lawmaker introduced new legislation that would ban the use of killer whales during performances in California.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Incident report into park trainer's death raises concerns Special

Puerto De La Cruz - Two months prior to the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, another SeaWorld-owned orca killed trainer Alexis Martinez. The official incident report filed after the accident, revealed several concerns.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 9 comments

Op-Ed: Filmmaker who documents Taiji dolphin drives detained in Osaka

Osaka - BBC filmmaker and personal friend Martyn Stewart has been detained at Kansai Airport in Osaka on his way to document the dolphin drives that take place in Taiji, Japan. Stewart, known for his powerful filming, is being accused of eco-terrorism.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 12 comments

Op-Ed: WAZA overlooks JAZA members in condemning dolphin drives

In response to international outrage over the dolphin drives in Taiji, Japan, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) issued a strong statement condemning the drive hunts. But they completely overlooked the main culprit — JAZA.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Ric O'Barry: Taiji dolphin drive hunts are not a tradition

Taiji - Ric O'Barry, star of The Cove movie, is refuting the Japanese Government's allegations that dolphin drive hunts are a part of Japanese tradition.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Japanese groups pressure WAZA to act against dolphin drives

Three Japanese conservation groups are placing pressure on the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to take action and ask the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), to comply with the WAZA Code of Ethics.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Fiftieth anniversary of 'Flipper' overlooks the truth

Miami - As Miami Seaquarium in Florida gears up for a year long celebration of the television show 'Flipper', the story of the real Flipper was nothing to celebrate.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Protesters to hit Western Australian beaches over shark cull Special

The Entrance - A state government plan to set 72 drum lines to ensnare sharks is drawing the ire of Australian activists. Captured sharks longer than 3 meters in length will be shot and dumped back into the ocean.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Op-Ed: How low can you can go? Did SeaWorld skew online poll?

When you can't win in the court of public opinion, then skew the results. According to the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ), SeaWorld may have done just that to win a poll vote against the documentary Blackfish.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Best achievements in cetacean advocacy for 2013

The documentary Blackfish certainly made it the year of the orca, but there were several other notable achievements for cetaceans in 2013. These are the accomplishments voted on by advocates themselves.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Filmmakers of 'The Cove' respond to SeaWorld's ads

After SeaWorld bought defensive full-page ads in major US newspapers last week, criticism of the marine park chain is intensifying. The Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), producers of the movie The Cove, fired another shot for advocacy yesterday.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Former SeaWorld trainers counter SeaWorld's ad claims Special

Orlando - Blaming the withdrawal of several musical acts on pockets of "radical activists," SeaWorld took out full-page ads in eight major newspapers yesterday defending its operations. Two former SeaWorld trainers quickly offered a rebuttal.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Supporters hacking SeaWorld's public relations image

Yesterday, the Florida Attractions Association (FAA) in defense of SeaWorld, stepped in to battle the backlash caused by the documentary Blackfish. They were supported by Theme Park Insiders.com who labeled activists as lazy.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Florida Attractions Association battles Blackfish Effect

Orlando - Following news yesterday that an eighth act had withdrawn from SeaWorld's Bands, Brew and Barbecue event, the Florida Attractions Association (FAA) is taking action on SeaWorld's behalf to negate what it calls "radical extremist groups."
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: 'Blackfish Effect' continues, seven acts cancel SeaWorld gigs

Miami - SeaWorld continues to encounter backlash in the wake of the documentary, Blackfish. Rather than dissipating since premiering to record viewers on CNN last October, the Blackfish Effect is gaining momentum.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Tippy, the squirrel who constantly topples over, goes nuts

It took five days for video of Tippy the squirrel to reach viral status, but after more than 156,000 hits, the little black rodent who cannot seem to keep his feet, is stealing hearts and gathering concern.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 5 comments
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