October 25th, 2013
01:05 AM ET

Jack Hanna and Gabriela Cowperthwaite discuss captivity

After making the film "Blackfish," Gabriela Cowperthwaite makes the argument "the most important thing that we learned from having whales in captivity, is ironically that they should not be in captivity." Jack Hanna questions the definition of what many people consider to be captivity.

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  1. David Powell

    I'd like to know how many of Hanna's critics have done as much to preserve species and spread knowledge of them as he has. The scenario in Blackfish was a sum of disasters, it doesn't mean people's knowledge cannot change, or the way that animals are treated.

    October 28, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  2. Karen Felts

    I was in my 30's when I visited Seaworld in Orlando & felt like a five year old who had the best Christmas of my life. I was so happy watching the whale show I cried with joy. But now knowing how these animals live naturally in the wild I fell a deep sadness and hope as a compassionate human beings we can stop the capture of these magnificent animals & be content with study of them in their natural habitat and family groups.

    October 28, 2013 at 9:23 am |
  3. Stella van der Lugt

    As a tourist I have visited sea world with my family and saw the show, bought shamu souvenirs and enjoyed my stay. After seeing the documentary I am horrofied and convinced of one thing, these animals do not belong in an aquarium . Luckily there is a solution . If we all stop buying tickets to these events there will be a happy ending to this, no more deaths of trainers and the animals kept where they belong: in the wild with their families. Thank you cnn for broadcasting this documentary , keep showing it until everyone has seen it and does the right thing

    October 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
  4. Eden

    For years I have congratulated Jack Hanna's efforts in conservation and animal preservation. However. after tonight's post-documentary discussion, I wonder if his years in the captivity of television production have not slanted his view towards the captivity of the wild animals that I know in my heart he longs to protect.

    October 25, 2013 at 2:33 am |
  5. Gil Baker

    Profiting from the misery of the brilliantly intuitive Orca. Men can no longer enslave other men in the American South. But there are no laws against enslaving innocent animals .

    October 25, 2013 at 2:32 am |

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