Ralph Munro

long-time whale advocate

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Former Secretary of State for the State of Washington, and a long-time whale advocate

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At  SeaWorld  in Orlando, Florida yesterday, a killer whale snatched a trainer in its jaws and thrashed her around under water. She was  drowned  in front of a horrified audience.

The Plight of the Orca Held in Captivity

At SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida yesterday, a killer whale snatched a trainer in its jaws and thrashed her around under water. She was drowned in front of a horrified audience.

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