23 Jan '17, 12pm

Pro Race Car Driver Banned From SeaWorld for 'Mourning Loss' of Tilikum

On the morning of Jan. 6, one of SeaWorld's most well-known orcas, Tilikum, passed away surrounded by trainers, care staff and veterinarians at the Orlando, Florida ocean theme park where the famous killer whale lived most of his life. Coincidentally on that same weekend, professional race car driver and environmental advocate Leilani Münter was in town to give a speech at a sustainability symposium. Tilikum's death particularly struck a chord; the longtime animal rights activist once drove a Blackfish -themed race car at the Talladega Superspeedway in 2014 to raise awareness about cetaceans in captivity. "Heartbroken" over the news and prompted by her chance proximity to the deceased whale, Münter drove to SeaWorld on the afternoon of Jan. 8 to pay her respects. She placed a sign and 33 roses—one for each year Tilikum spent in captivity—at the park entrance. "May the four...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/leilani-munter-seaworld-tilikum-2...

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