If you’ve listened to The Dougherty Report for any length of time, you’ll know that the issue of whales and dolphins being held in captivity is an issue that hits close to home for Elizabeth Dougherty.    In fact, elsewhere on this site you’ll hear several interviews that will help you understand her passion for these creatures.

In April, the killer whale known as Tilikum at Sea World in Orlando grew ill.  The media stopped carrying stories about the condition of the whale so Elizabeth called Sea World directly to ask if the whale was even still alive.  The very next day, Sea World announced that it was ending its practice of artificial insemination of the animals.

But what to do about the 31 killer whales around the world that are being held in tanks around the world?  Many were bred and raised in captivity so simply releasing them into the wild would be a death sentence.

Elizabeth spoke with Dr. Lori Marino, president of The Whale Sanctuary Project whose mission is to construct cold-water sanctuaries for these whales.  With the help of private funding, The Whale Sanctuary Project hopes to take away that last excuse Sea World (and other sites) use to justify holding on to these creatures.


About elizabethd

Almost every talk show host has the dream of national syndication, Elizabeth Dougherty has accomplished it.  This Bishop Moore High School and NYIT grad grew up listening to Orlando radio and now hosts her own syndicated show "The Dougherty Report."  In 2010, Dougherty created the "Florida Favors Radio Show” and "Food Nation Radio Network" to talk about food, restaurants, trends and evolving food safety policies. Sensing the need to cover more relevant subjects, she changed the name and focus of the program to “The Dougherty Report” and developed an entertaining yet informative show that discusses social issues and public policy.  The show is about people, not politics, and Dougherty breaks down for listeners the collusion between government and big business versus the average citizen.  Having spent years among representatives on Capitol Hill, networking in one of the most private business clubs in D.C. and a former member of Reagan's Presidential Roundtable, Elizabeth brings an insider perspective to share with her audience on "The Dougherty Report." 

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