I know some of you have seen it, most of you have heard about it, some of you are nervous to watch it. I was that nervous one. As a gigantic animal lover, I can't handle things like this. I cried when I watched the trailer, I lost my shit when I watched Food Inc., and I scroll fast past animal abuse pictures that pop up on my facebook. I can't deal. I lose it. 

Last night I finally swallowed my nerves and I watched Blackfish. Now, if you haven't heard of this movie, it is basically a look at the truth behind Sea World. And that truth is pure evil. I tweeted some of my reactions last night as I watched it... 

The abuse, and the secrets, and the lies... HOW DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS STAY OPEN?! High five to every single whale that ever attacked one of those people. I don't care how much you sit there in this movie and say you love them, and how sorry you are now... YOU DIDN'T STOP IT! You deserve for them to attack you. They were warning you, begging you "LET ME OUT!"

I have never been to Sea World, but I have wanted to. That is no longer an option, I will NEVER buy a ticket that pays into this abuse. FUCK SEA WORLD. And after all this, if you buy a ticket, knowing this is happening, you are no better than them and you should be highly ashamed of yourself. 

And ya know what, the Zoo is no different. And I LOVE going to the zoo. I fed a giraffe on my birthday this year at the zoo!! But seeing how they capture these Orca's and how they treat them, why should I think capturing zoo animals is any different?  I'm so distraught by this I can't even think straight. 

You know what's awesome though? These posts by Rachel from With Love, Rachel. She went to Africa and she got to spend time with some of the world's most amazing and beautiful animals. Lions, Cheetahs, Elephants.... And she got to do it in THEIR HOME, where THEY ARE HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE. 

Rachel is one of my favorite bloggers, because she really lets us into her world. She loves to travel, hike and climb mountains, share recipes, and of course she loves animals! But I wanted us to see just a little bit more into her world, so I asked her a few questions and had her share some of her favorite posts. 

1. Why did you start blogging?. I started blogging as a project that I was assigning my English 101 students, where we all kept weekly blogs to keep up on writing outside of the classroom. I don't assign that project any more, but I like the way that it forced me to keep writing and to be creative, so I started up again and haven't stopped.

2.What is your blogging goal? My goal would be to build an engaged audience who I can connect with. I love how blogging brings people together, and I want to create content that is interesting and useful for people.

3. You recently went to Africa and got to hang out with some of the coolest animals ever! What was your favorite part of that trip?  Ooh, tough one! While seeing so many animals up close was AMAZING, I think that the time we spent visiting orphanages and a children's hospital were more life-changing. It really wakes you up to the blessings that we have here, and also shows you just how complex the situation can be in developing countries. 

4. Tell us two random facts about yourself. I cannot whistle. I have been trying all of my life, and it just doesn't happen. I could also eat pizza every day, for every meal, and be happy. The Ninja Turtles were on to something there, and the diet clearly worked out well for them.

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  1. My fiance' and I watched it last week and I was traumatized. I grew up in Orlando and never realized how awful this company is. I was absolutely horrified hearing the former trainers say they were never informed of previous could Sea World not disclose that information to new hires?!? It's unbelievable.

  2. or that to be hired, they just had to be great swimmers. not marine biologists!

  3. I've been wanting to watch this documentary! It seems like it is everything a documentary should be, eye-openning and well shot. I totally cried watching the trailer too!

  4. It was really hard to watch but I'm so glad you did! I feel like if more people educate themselves maybe SeaWorld will go out of business and leave the whales alone.

    If someone were treating me that way I would attack too, these animals are intelligent and loving under natural circumstances.

  5. My husband and I watched it. It was very sad. I felt so sad and angry just watching it. I do feel terribly for all the trainers and their families that got hurt or killed. Sea World lied to them too. It's so greedy how it's all about the money. That's the bottom line. They can't see beyond anything else and they will do whatever they have to in order to keep it coming. I have been to Sea World but I see it in a totally different light now.

  6. Yikes. I really, really want to watch it but I don't think I can bring myself to. Animal cruelty stories stick with me for weeks and months and I find I can't stop thinking about them :/ but maybe I will get up the courage. Either way I loved Sea World but will never be going back after what I've heard from this movie.

  7. Noooooo. I hate it. I hate it so bad. I'll never spend another dollar there again. This is just the saddest thing ever and I never even watched the movie.

  8. It's absolutely sickening. I cried when I heard the mother orca crying.

    So many lies. I'm glad they included the history in the documentary. People need to know that it started a long time ago and needs to end.

    I think I read that one of the parks even renames the new orcas with the same name so we won't know when one had died from health issues.

    My heart breaks.

  9. not sure i can watch movies like that! i still cry when i watch bambi or the lion king :(

  10. Wow I don't think I could watch it.. I'd lose it too.

  11. I can't whistle. I've always heard bad things about Sea World, but I am too scared to watch this.

  12. I can't watch. I just can't. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry, vomit.... awful. :(


  13. I wish I was one of those people who could be strong and watch it... I have to be careful though because of my depression problems, because if I get too sad (which I will... I can't even read a fictional book where the dog dies) it can mess me up for weeks... but I wish there were other things I could do without watching it... and I know I will never go to Sea World. It sucks because I love animals, so naturally I want to go anywhere that HAS animals so I can be near them... but then you find out things like this. :(

  14. I cant watch Blackfish because I think it will make me cry.

    Also I'm scared of whales.

  15. Yeah I have seen Food Inc. It DID break my heart, and I literally think of those images every single day. No joke.

    I might have been slightly prepared for it, because I became vegetarian for those very reasons/images & I've done papers for school about the food system. Awful!