Protests at Three SeaWorld Locations Sparked by a Six Year Old Who Watched Blackfish

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Once young Cash sneaked a peek at the film Blackfish, he was determined to see the whole movie. The film is upsetting even for adults, yet his parents wisely chose to help him put what he learned into a larger life lesson; everyone has the power effect change.

Cash turns seven years old today, and is doing his part to make a difference.
Cash turns six years old today, and is doing his part to make a difference.

Just five years old at the time, Cash decided to make a little film of his own (shown below) asking people to stay away from SeaWorld on his birthday (December 22nd, 2013).
The powerful documentary that sparked this junior activist is Blackfishit “traces a 39-year history of killer whales in captivity leading up to the 2010 killing of Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau by the 12,000-pound orca, Tilikum, a whale previously associated with the death of two other people. Blackfish chillingly shows that this incident of violence is hardly an isolated one, along the way exploring the extraordinary nature of orcas, thought to be one of the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom.” CNN
Cash’s parents speak about his request on YouTube:

Our 5-year-old son Cash loves Animals, Nature and Science. While we didn’t mean for him to watch it, he snuck in the living room recently and caught a few minutes of the CNN Films documentary “Blackfish” (completely unbeknownst to us). We paused it immediately, but after talking to him about it at length, we decided it would be best for him to watch it start to finish.
It’s an amazing story and it affected him in a way we’ve never seen before. He demanded nobody go to Sea World for one day and wondered how we could tell “everyone in the whole wide world” about his Blackout idea.
We felt a video would be best….whether it reached 5 people or 500,000. This was completely Cash’s idea. We helped him with the script, came up with some creative locations, shot it on an iPhone 5S and cut it together with iMovie. The rest was all him.
We hope to change at least one person’s mind but would prefer many many more…..thanks for watching.

Cash’s engaging video has been shared far and wide, and in honor of his birthday wishes, protests were scheduled today at all three SeaWorld locations: San Diego, Orlando and San Antonio. Fins and Fluke’s Heather Murphy reported that the Orlando event was a huge success, which included a truck-mounted screen that circled the block playing the Blackfish trailer, and ended with everyone singing happy birthday to Cash.

Approximately 100 protesters showed up in honor of Cash's birthday request (notice the sign on the left).
Approximately 100 protesters showed up in honor of Cash’s birthday request (notice the sign on the left).

For their part, SeaWorld recently took out full-page advertisements in newspapers across the country countering the points made by Blackfish and by the book Death at Seaworldbut the ad was punctuated with inaccuracies and falsehoods.
Apparently they are no match for a little boy with a big dream.  Happy Birthday, Cash.
Blackfish can be seen on Netflix, Itunes, and Amazon.

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