Saturday, February 27, 2010

You say killer whale, I say cash cow

Doesn't it seem that this might be the most important fact about Tilikum: "SeaWorld is said to have Tilikum insured for as much as $5 million, and [former SeaWorld trainer Jeff] Ventre said, 'He's worth millions, and he represents the future of the breeding program for SeaWorld. He has impregnated - he's produced 13 calves, I believe.'"

That's 13 little brand mascots. 13 little future star attractions. And what are three human lives compared to that? At least, I think that's what SeaWorld is saying, especially since just three days after the tragedy, the show's back on.

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