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BLACKFISH has a name, it’s TILIKUM

Yes, Orcas aren't fish. "Blackfish" is the English translation of a word Pacific Northwest indigenous peoples gave to killer whales, holding them in respectful regard while keeping a traditional safe distance. BLACKFISH is also the title of a new docummentary about how the sea mammals are mistreated by Sea World Marineland circus zoos and about instances of animal rebellion, instigated more often than not it turns out by one captive male named TILIKUM whose record of fragging trainers has been obscured by an entertainment system desperate to sanitize the plush-toy image of its "Shamu" brand. Documentary director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accuses Sea World of carelessly humanizing the ocean's top predator, albeit whose social evolution appears to have exceeded that of humans. When it becomes apparent to audiences that Tilikum is actually the title character of Cowperthwaite's expose, isn't it unfair to refer to him in the generic? Yes "Blackfish" is a catchy title, but outside its Native American context the term is sinister and sub-mammalian. Let's not vilify actions with which audiences find sympathy. Tilikum murdered his trainers wilfully and with premeditation. If we excuse him of murder it should not be because that's his animal nature but because we understand

How Beastly-Animals in Revolt…

Also titled "Unbearable" and "revolting animals". The story, COLUMBIA STATION, Ohio A bear attacked and killed its caretaker at the home of a man who kept a menagerie of dangerous, exotic beasts and ran afoul of animal regulators a few years ago by staging wrestling matches between bears and humans. How wonderful. By the way, they offed the bear too. Like Momma Bear in Yellowstone. Forget Teddy Ruxpin and Paddington and Winnie the Pooh. Those are toys and works of pure anthropomorphic fiction. Bears are NOT humans and don't even think the way humans do, otherwise they'd take the guns from the first three or four humans and the rest would be horrendous. 19538

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