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by Barry Kent MacKay,
Senior Program Associate

Born Free USA's Canadian Representative


Barry is an artist, both with words and with paint. He has been associated with our organization for nearly three decades and is our go-to guy for any wildlife question. He knows his animals — especially birds — and the issues that affect them. His blogs will give you just the tip of his wildlife-knowledge iceberg, so be sure to stay and delve deeper into his Canadian Project articles. If you like wildlife and reading, Barry's your man. (And we're happy to have him as part of our team, too!)

SeaWorld and Blackfish: Part 5

Good food, free medicare, mental stimulation, and exercise

Published 03/05/14

The following blog series is a point-by-point rebuttal to SeaWorld, following SeaWorld's critical reaction to the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish. Each blog entry will present an argument made by SeaWorld and a rebuttal by Barry MacKay.

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SeaWorld and Blackfish: Part 4

Investment in orcas

Published 03/03/14

The following blog series is a point-by-point rebuttal to SeaWorld, following SeaWorld's critical reaction to the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish. Each blog entry will present an argument made by SeaWorld and a rebuttal by Barry MacKay.

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SeaWorld and Blackfish: Part 3

Separation

Published 02/27/14

The following blog series is a point-by-point rebuttal to SeaWorld, following SeaWorld's critical reaction to the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish. Each blog entry will present an argument made by SeaWorld and a rebuttal by Barry MacKay.

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SeaWorld and Blackfish: Part 2

Knowledge and appreciation

Published 02/25/14

The following blog series is a point-by-point rebuttal to SeaWorld, following SeaWorld's critical reaction to the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish. Each blog entry will present an argument made by SeaWorld and a rebuttal by Barry MacKay.

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SeaWorld and Blackfish: Part 1

Stock footage, capture, and captivity

Published 02/21/14

The following blog series is a point-by-point rebuttal to SeaWorld, following SeaWorld's critical reaction to the controversial 2013 documentary, Blackfish. Each blog entry will present an argument made by SeaWorld and a rebuttal by Barry MacKay.

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Shifting Baseline Syndrome and White Geese

How Questionable Wildlife Management Devours Tax Dollars

Published 01/30/14

In Canada, we have a federal government infamously downloading or cutting off a myriad of valid environmental research programs—inconvenient facts being an impediment to what’s really important to the right-wing ideologues now in power—while ignoring one area of waste that is quite disposable, but oh, ever so convenient if you don’t mind a total, absurdly wasteful sham.

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What Kathleen Wynne Does Not Know is Harmful to Bears--and to People

Ignorance Trumps Facts in the Interest of Votes

Published 01/21/14

Neither Kathleen Wynne (the Premier of Ontario), nor David Orazietti (the province’s Minister of Natural Resources), nor Bill Mauro (Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay-Atikokan in northern Ontario), nor the staff of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), nor anyone else salivating at the thought of returning to a spring bear hunt, has heard of a document with the pedantic title: “Correlation of Reduction in Nuisance Black Bear Complaints with Implementation of (a) a non-violent program and (b) a hunt, Final Report” by Edward A. Tavss, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University. Either that, or these people are horrifically two-faced opportunists who lack compassion for bears and people.

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National Bird Day 2014: Not a Spectacle as Parrots Go, but Spectacled

Parrots as They are Meant to Be

Published 01/14/14

In celebration of National Bird Day 2014, Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate for Born Free USA and lifelong bird enthusiast, is writing a special six-part blog series in December and January where he will describe some of his favorite avian species. Below is the sixth (and final) installment.

It was the late 1960s, and I was a young adult, recovering from a debilitating illness and trying to prove myself as a field naturalist. I was on my first ever expedition to the tropics.

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