Episode Number: 1076
Episode Guest: Phil Demers
Original Airdate: February 9, 2018
Episode Sponsors: Framebridge, ZipRecruiter, ProFlowers
Guest Bio: Phil Demers is a former professional marine mammal trainer and employee at Marineland in Canada.
Topics Discussed: Phil gives a brief background of himself and his work at Marineland with walruses, Marineland’s mistreatment of its animals, and what led him to eventually quitting; Phil is being sued by Marineland; Marineland legal battles against activists and the OSPCA; Blackfish movie; talk about performing with whales and sea lions; whales and medications; animals are given Valium; Ikaika whale; bear from movies kills trainer; more talk about animals and Valium; Canada to ban capture of whales and dolphins; Bill S-203; talk about countries and the capture of marine mammals; dolphins and whales have complex languages; holding whales captive is like slavery; bill to ban orca breeding in Florida is killed; a Chinese company is Seaworld’s largest shareholder; captive whales can’t be released back into the ocean; dolphins can jump out of their pools while in captivity; one dolphin was outside of her pool overnight; Phil tells stories about trying to get dolphins back into their pools; attendance at Marineland is dropping despite booming tourism in Niagara Falls; Marineland has around 50 beluga whales; intelligence of dolphins and whales; whales respond to verbal commands; Joe talks about monkey languages; Marineland has mass graves with thousands of animals on its property; Marineland kills deers by shooting them; Marineland leased land from Niagara Falls to keep protesters at bay; (1:00:00) Marineland went to shit in 2012; no one wants to speak out against Marineland; Phil has been in a legal battle with Marineland for five years; where Phil sees this lawsuit headed; more talk about his legal battles against Marineland; Phil is raising money to help fund his legal battles; the police approached him about a tweet he retweeted that they said would incite violence; he has support from both hunters and animal rights activists; Joe gave Phil tickets to see a UFC event live; Phil talks about connecting with Rosie O’Donnell who wanted to help him but ultimately did nothing; he considers these lawsuits a violation of his life; more talk about lawsuits and the Canadian government; Phil has an Airbnb for earning money and works as a mailman for Canada Post; how he hopes this will all end; talk about the creation of a whale sanctuary; Joe saw dolphins in the ocean and pulled over to the side of the road to watch them; hunters don’t want animals to be kept locked up in captivity; kids today are repulsed by animals kept in captivity; China is neutral about animal captivity; Joe recommends people watch Blackfish.
These are the movies that were mentioned and/or recommended during this episode:
Last update on 2019-09-15. The above items contain Amazon affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on them. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API.
Podcast Video: Below is a video of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast episode #1076 available for streaming via YouTube.
Podcast Audio: Audio for this episode of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is available through Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, or you can download the MP3 directly to add it to the audio player of your choice.