FIN STREAM REVIEW: Walrus & The Whistleblower a heart-wrenching doc

Quite frankly, The Walrus and the Whistleblower made me absolutely sob. It was so difficult — so traumatizing — that it took me an hour to recover post-viewing.

This story of an ex-trainer at MarineLand who begins fighting for the animals’ rights at the theme park see Niagara Falls man Phil Demers trying to gain independence for the walrus he trained, Smooshi.

Demers became one of a few whistleblowers who speak out against MarineLand’s treatment, practices and the captivity of the animals, and he’s paid dearly during his life for it.

The part-time mail man, full-time advocate has been trying to free his walrus for years, and he’s spoken to Joe Rogan, has a legion of Twitter followers, and has testified to the Canadian Senate about the practices of MarineLand.

As he fights owners, gets sued for $1.5 million by the corporations and keeps going against authority, he wants one thing: Smooshi’s freedom.

This documentary is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever see, and it’s a story of the attempted suppression of Phil and the mistreatment of the animals. It’s an incredible story you won’t soon forget.

4.5/5 Stars

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