Past Meetup

*BLACKFISH*@ Hunter College-a screening w/former SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove

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Hunter College

E 68th St and Lexington Ave · New York, NY

How to find us

Hunter West Cafe--3rd Floor

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"What happens when you take a ten ton whale that's meant to travel as far as 75 miles in a day, and confine it in a tiny tank for years, deprive it of companionship and food, and force it to perform on cue day in and day out?"

The relevance of this film, in exposing the cruelty of the captive industry, and its disregard for the safety of its trainers, cannot be overstated.

Guest speakers to include: Ex SeaWorld trainer John Hargrove, Mickey Z, Ethan Wolf and Dayna Rozental, and Rose McCoy. Please join us.

*Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. A compilation of shocking footage and emotional interviews explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Emotionally wrenching, Blackfish challenges us to consider our relationship to nature revealing how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Hunter College West Building is located on the SW corner of E 68th St and Lexington Ave. Screening to be held in the HUNTER WEST CAFE--3RD FLOOR.

This screening is free and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Vegan food will be of charge

Hunter College is wheelchair accessible

6 Train to Lexington and 68th, or the F Train to Lexington and 63rd and walk to 68th street.

Speaker bios:

John Hargrove

John Hargrove is an ex SeaWorld trainer who appears in the eye-opening documentary Blackfish. John has 14 years experience as a killer whale trainer. His vast experience includes both SeaWorld of California and SeaWorld of Texas where he was promoted to the highest-ranking Senior Trainer called a Senior 1. Trainers at this level must be considered specialists in some area, his being water work and knowledge and application of behavior. This skill set and reputation earned John the privilege of working with and swimming with the corporation's most dangerous killer whales. John gained international killer whale experience as a Supervisor with Marineland in the south of France. In France he conditioned and performed water work with naive killer whales that had never swam with trainers before.

He resigned his position with SeaWorld in August 2012 and currently resides in New York City.

Mickey Z

A vegan since 1995, Mickey Z. has spoken and lectured in venues ranging from MIT to ABC No Rio, from Yale University to Occupy Free University. He is the author of 12 books, including the recently-released "Occupy This Book" (Sullivan St. Press).

Ethan Wolf

Ethan brings more than fifteen years of grassroots animal rights activism experience to Sea Shepherd’s efforts. In addition to his NYC-based fundraising and outreach work as the chapter coordinator for Sea Shepherd's NYC chapter, he has monitored and documented the horrific dolphin drives in Taiji, Japan as a Cove Guardian for Sea Shepherd's Operation Infinite Patience and the harassment of sea lion for Sea Shepherd's Operation Dam Guardian on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

Dayna Rozental

Dayna is a founding member of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s New York City Chapter. Since 2010, she has steered the chapter in its fundraising and outreach efforts. She has also participated in Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardian and Dam Guardian campaigns. As a Cove Guardian, she has documented the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, Japan. As a Dam Guardian, she has observed the harassment and murder of sea lions on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

Rose McCoy

12 yr old Rose is following in her parents' vegan, ARA footsteps. Active in animal rights demos in NYC, Rose, and her mom Emily, protested the SeaWorld floats in the Macy's Parade, and at the Rose Parade, in Pasadena, CA. Their actions to bring attention to the cruelty of captivity resulted in them being arrested, for the cause, alongside several other activists who were protesting the SeaWorld float at the Rose Parade.

“If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little psychotic?” Jane Velez-Mitchell

Special Thanks to:

P.A.L. (Paths to Animal Liberation)


T.G.I.F. (The Green Initiative Fund)

For their sponsorship of this screening of Blackfish