Δευτέρα, 1 Ιουλίου 2013

David Kirby: Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity (2012)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Evidence of Harm and Animal Factory—a groundbreaking scientific thriller that exposes the dark side of SeaWorld, America’s most beloved marine mammal park.
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.

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DAVID KIRBY is the author of Evidence of Harm, which was a New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2005 Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) award for best book, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and Animal Factory, an acclaimed investigation into the environmental impact of factory farms which NPR compared to Upton Sinclair’s classic work The Jungle. His latest book, Death at SeaWorld, was previewed by Library Journal, which wrote: “Lives are at stake here, and Kirby can be trusted to tell the story, having won a passel of awards for his investigate work.” Booklist called the book “gripping” and “hard to put down,” while Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove, labeled it “entertaining, engaging — and enraging.” An article Kirby wrote for Discover Magazine, “Made in China: Our Toxic, Imported Air Pollution” is included “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012,” edited and with an Introduction by Dan Ariely; (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2012).
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Kirby has also been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post since its founding in 2005, and has been a professional journalist for more than 20 years. He has written for a number of national magazines and was a foreign correspondent in Mexico and Central America from 1986-1990, where he covered the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and covered politics, corruption and natural disasters in Mexico. He has also done extensive consulting with the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Report Office and UNESCO.

Kirby also worked for New York City Council President Carol Bellamy as a special assistant for health care, cultural affairs and civil rights, followed by employment as chief scheduler to Manhattan Borough President David N. Dinkins and senior staff adviser to Dinkins’ successful 1989 run for Mayor of New York City. From 1990-1993, Kirby was Director of Public Information at the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR), where he acted as press spokesman for Chairwoman Elizabeth Taylor, and witnessed firsthand the inner workings of Congress, the White House and powerful Federal agencies like the FDA, CDC and NIH.

Kirby has appeared on such national and international programs as Meet the Press, Larry King Live, The Today Show, NPR, AC360 with Anderson Cooper, MSNBC, BBC “Panorama,” BBC2, Fox News Channel, Fox and Friends Weekend, Imus in the Morning, The View, Montel Williams, Air America and dozens of local radio and television stations. Kirby has also contributed to, been interviewed by, and/or reviewed by outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, Financial Times, O Magazine, Bloomberg, Newsday, The Lancet, Salon.com, NPR.com and much more. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

To learn more about David visit some of his websites:

Books:
http://animalfactorybook.com/
http://deathatseaworld.com/
http://www.evidenceofharm.com/

Media Coaching Business:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Kirby-Writing-and-Media-Coach/518550164854929
http://www.davidkirbycoaches.com/
TakePart.com Articles
Huffington Post
Links to our previous interview with David Kirby about his book, "Animal Factory"
Death at SeaWorld page on Voice of the Orcas

Samantha Berg talks about "Death at SeaWorld" at Fireside books in Palmer, AK
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