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Waz Up III?

“Waz Up III?”

Have You Been Following What’s Been Going On in June at Mark Sonder Productions?

Logo of Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.The month of June continues to see another year in the business (29 and counting) plus a new large client (The Los Angeles Dodgers), and an academic appointment for Mr. Sonder!  Because of this growth, the company has announced an additional office location will open later this summer in North Carolina.  

This month we have published four (4) press releases. Please click them below,

Mark Sonder of Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. Invited to Instruct at The George Washington University

Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. Will Open A New Office in North Carolina

The Los Angeles Dodgers Tap Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. for Music at Dodger Stadium

Happy Anniversary to the Nation’s Leading Music & Entertainment Agency, Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.

Much to our delight, these have been picked up by an average of 280 media outlets each including:

– The Boston Globe
– The Miami Herald
– The Los Angeles Daily News
– The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
– Worth Magazine
– Hollywood Industry Magazine
– Kansas City Star
– The Cincinnati Enquirer
– The International Business Times
– The Sacramento Bee
– Top40-charts.com

They can all be viewed at www.marksonderproductions.com/pressreleases.

To book entertainment for your meeting, convention, trade show, exposition or event, please call +1-540-636-1640 or email inquiry@marksonderproductions.com.

 

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Waz Up II?

“Waz Up II?”

Have You Been Following What’s Been Going On in May at Mark Sonder Productions?

Logo of Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.After a strong start to the 2nd quarter, the month of May continues to see much action.  So we wish to address the question of Waz Up in this month of May.

This month we have published four (4) press releases, plus an article created by the Dover Post.  Please click them below,

Learn How to Increase Your Chances of Winning The Lottery with Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.

Super Music and Entertainment Agent Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP Continues His Worldwide Guest Lecturing

Drifters and Marvelettes to Wrap Up The Schwartz Center’s 12th Season

Is It “Just My Imagination,” or is “My Girl” Going “On Broadway?”

“Event Entertainment and Production,” Celebrates a Decade of Success as The First and Only Book on These Topics for Meetings and Events

Much to our delight, these have been picked up by an average of 275 media outlets each including:

– The Boston Globe
– The Miami Herald
– The Los Angeles Daily News
– The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
– Worth Magazine
– Hollywood Industry Magazine
– Kansas City Star
– The Cincinnati Enquirer
– The International Business Times
– The Sacramento Bee
– Top40-charts.com

They can all be viewed at www.marksonderproductions.com/pressreleases.

Stay tuned, as we figure the last month of Q2 will be as strong with continued great music and entertainment coming out of our office!

To book entertainment for your meeting, convention, trade show, exposition or event, please call +1-540-636-1640.

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Candles Enhance Entertainment by Roxanne Sonder

Candles Enhance Entertainment

Candles stimulate the senses in many ways…certain scents evoke Happiness, aromatherapy inspires Calmness, Café candles can evoke a sense of Comfort and some make you want to DANCE!

by Roxanne Sonder

BizBash Fragrant CandlesHere’s a steal-worthy idea:

“An idea inspired by fashion: an important gala took inspiration from Yves Saint Laurent, and more specifically, from the designer’s Moroccan home, the Jardin Majorelle. To evoke the exotic setting, a scented fountain filled with oranges and candles spruced up the dance floor.” –BizBash January 31, 2014 ~ 10 Best Ideas

Candles can greatly assist in creating an experience that you and your guests, registrants and attendees will start to enjoy as soon as they walk into the room as they take in the fragrance and enhanced ambiance that candles provide.

When your musical or comedic entertainment starts, or your caterer presents their creation, the room has already been set with the best mood and atmosphere that a meeting or event has to offer.

Roxanne Summer CandlesMake every meeting or event special with candles as they enhance your entertainment.

To stock up for your meetings or events or for your Wedding clients, Holiday events, Hostess Gifts and let’s not forget Independence Day visit https://scents-and-sensibility.mygc.com/Home.

Buy in bulk for the rest of the event year so you’re never without illumination.

Burn times up to 200 hours!

 

Roxanne USA Candles

Roxanne Sonder is the wife of Mark Sonder of Mark Sonder Productions, Inc., and a national Fragrance Consultant. You can reach her at Roxanne.goldcanyon@gmail.com

 

 


Photos: (top) Cheri Eisenberg and Mary Clare; (middle) a summer event; (bottom) Independence Day Freedom Celebratory Candles

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Waz Up?

“Waz Up?”

Have You Been Following What’s Been Going On at Mark Sonder Productions?

Logo of Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.After a somewhat sleepy Q1 to commence the year, the 2nd quarter has seen much action.  As many are just coming out of their winter cocoon, we ask you Waz Up or also fondly known as “Wassup?”

 

This month we have published four (4) press releases.  

Coming to America DJane Sexation Will Make it a HOT Summer and Beyond
“Get Ready” for “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” with The Temptations Revue: A Tribute featuring Hall of Famer Nate Evans
It’s Summer Tour Season with Linwood Peel’s Tribute to The Drifters
Spray Paint Street Artist ATOM: World’s Fastest Painter Compared to Banksy

Much to our delight, these have been picked up by an average of 270 media outlets each, with one receiving over 300 pickups, including:

– The Boston Globe
– The Miami Herald
– The Los Angeles Daily News
– The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
– Worth Magazine
– Hollywood Industry Magazine
– Kansas City Star
– The Cincinnati Enquirer
– The International Business Times
– The Sacramento Bee
– Top40-charts.com

They can all be viewed at www.marksonderproductions.com/pressreleases.

Stay tuned, as we figure the rest of Q2 will be as strong with continued great music and entertainment coming out of our office!

To book entertainment for your meeting, convention, trade show, exposition or event, please call +1-540-636-1640.

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Mark Sonder Productions Batting 1000 Plus…Claim your FREE Checklist

Mark Sonder Productions Batting 1000

Plus…Claim your FREE Checklist

 

 

sonder-logoRight now at Mark Sonder Productions we are batting 1000! We want to share our good news with you and let you know of a current campaign we are running. We just set a goal to get 1000 “likes” on our Facebook page as well as 1000 “followers” on our Twitter page. Can you please help us continue to “Bat 1000?” Click and like/follow us today and checkout our good news below, as well as claiming your FREE Checklist!

1. We are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the publishing of the most relied upon text in the area of entertainment for meetings, conventions, trade shows, expositions and events in the world. That book is, “Event Entertainment and Production,” written by Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at Mark Sonder Productions.

2. Speaking of anniversaries, next year will be the 30ieth anniversary of the creation of Mark Sonder Productions (originally Mark Sonder Music), commencing business in New York City in 1985!

3. A year of good business worldwide:
– This week the company is providing music for a large association at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, as well as a new product introduction for a corporation in Arlington, VA.
– Next week the company is sending speaker Nathan Schulhof, inventor of the MP3 Player and President of Future Technology Company, to India to deliver a keynote presentation at The Indian Institute of Technology.
– In addition, the company lists 21 cities in 15 States in the US that they will be placing musicians/headline entertainment in so far this year plus working in Europe and India.

4. Innovative Booking Practices. In Q4 2013 and extending into Q1 2014 sending out a speaker at no free (including no hotel and no r/t airline tickets) for corporate and association clients as Mark Sonder Productions lined up a Sponsor for this speakers expenses and fees!

MarkSonderBW“I am both honored and fortunate to continue to be relevant in this industry, where corporations and associations call on my company to provide them with world-class musicians, headline entertainment, speakers, and production support,” says Sonder.

Click here for your FREE checklist.

Thank you again for liking us on our Facebook page as well as following us on our Twitter page.

Have Mark book your next meeting/event which requires music or entertainment +1-540-636-1640 or msonder@marksonderproductions.com.

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The Birthday Bash (of Howard Stern), by Bob Lefsetz

The Birthday Bash (of Howard Stern)

written by guest contributor and blogger Bob Lefsetz

 

 

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What kind of crazy f____d up world do we live in where Howard Stern gets a better tribute than the Beatles?

One in which Adam Levine does a spot-on rendition of “Purple Rain” and establishes his rock and roll bona fides overnight.

I was planning on hearing this on the replay, but my flight was canceled by snow and I find myself…unable to stop listening.

What a crazy world we live in. Wherein Howard hypes this low-rent celebration of his sixtieth birthday and the straight media completely ignores it and more celebrities turn out and reveal themselves than at the Golden Globes, the “gold standard” for celebrity looseness.

But it’s not surprising, when Howard specializes in extracting nuggets from others we’re dying to know but are way too creeped out or afraid to ask. Like were your parents virgins when they married?

That was one of the questions Mr. Stern put to his parents twenty years ago, it was featured in the replay of bashes past on his second channel, Howard 101.

By putting it all out there himself, Howard has license to ask you…

Howard SternHow much money you make.

How frequently you have sex.

Whether you’re going to invite him to your wedding.

That’s what Howard asked Katie Couric. Who showed up with not only Whoopi Goldberg, but Barbara Walters. Along with Mariann from Brooklyn and so much of the rest of the Wack Pack.

But not Eric the Midget/Actor.

Don’t know who he is?

That’s just the point. In the Stern world, Eric is a star, with more airtime than a movie star. We know Eric and his peculiarities intimately, whereas the celebrities the mainstream media promotes are airbrushed to the point where when TMZ reveals the tiniest blemish, everybody goes OOH!

But we’re all imperfect, we all have blemishes, we all fart. Otherwise, why would we click the linkbait of stars without their makeup?

Jewel sang her rendition of Howard’s adolescent composition, “Silver Nickels and Golden Dimes.”

And Train may have covered “I Feel The Earth Move” at the Carole King/Musicares tribute, but here the band performed what we really wanted to hear, its spot-on take of Led Zeppelin’s “Ramble On.”

And unlike the Grammys, Bon Jovi sang his big hit, the soundtrack to “Deadliest Catch,” “Wanted Dead Or Alive.”

John Mayer didn’t utilize the occasion to promote a single, but covered Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.”

Although hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman made an appearance, and revealed why he made up with Jay Leno.

And at this late date, hours into the bash, a Google news search of “Howard Stern” reveals nothing other than the appearance of Chris Christie.

But not tomorrow. Tomorrow this will be a big story. When the herd media decides to go on it, since they’re interested in whatever stars do.

But not Howard Stern. Because they don’t want to consider him a star.

Because he’s not beautiful.

He’s not a great singer or actor.

He’s just like them.

And that’s why it’s Howard Stern’s time. You stay in the game long enough and your moment arrives.

In the cacophonous world we inhabit you only rise to the top and sustain if you’re constantly in the public eye, doing new things. And Howard’s creating twelve hours of new material every week, at an insanely high level, since he’s honed his craft for forty years.

Yes, while music focuses on the barely pubescent, when it lauds Miley Cyrus, with songs written by old men, the truth is it’s a long way to the top if you truly want to rock and roll.

And listening to the free stream on my computer it’s reminiscent of nothing so much as a 1970’s FM simulcast. Real, but at a distance.

I didn’t think I needed to be there.

But I was wrong.

Packed with celebrities, John Fogerty is singing “Bad Moon Rising” right now, the show is fast-paced, but loose. There’s none of the airiness or phoniness of network TV.

But that’s not hard to believe, because Howard Stern is the biggest star in America.

And you either know it or you don’t.

He’s America’s Number One Interviewer. A bigger star than Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’ Brien and David Letterman.

Because he’s got the audience.

But you don’t see the Sirius mindshare/listeners in the Nielsen reports.

But that does not mean it’s not real.

What do they say, you judge a star’s wattage by the fanaticism of its audience?

Just read the tweets.

This is bigger than the anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan. Because this ain’t history, this ain’t calcified, Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash is life itself.

http://blog.siriusxm.com/2014/01/31/howard-stern-birthday-bash-live-and-free-starting-this-evening/

Ed. Note:  I personally wish to thank Bob for allowing me to re-publish his work here with us at Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.

Bottom Photo:  King of All Media, Howard Stern giving the thumbs up sign.

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Blogging on a Book: “Event Entertainment and Production” Written by Award Winning Music & Entertainment Super Agent Mark Sonder, Ten Years Later

Blogging on a Book: “Event Entertainment and Production” Written by Award Winning Music & Entertainment Super Agent Mark Sonder, Ten Years Later

Author Mark Sonder CSEP book still relevant in the meetings, events, hotel and hospitality industries a decade after publication.

 

BookCoverFinal2Author, speaker, super agent and lecturer Mark Sonder, MM, and Certified Special Events Professional as well as President of the award winning music and talent agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the John Wiley & Son’s publication of his first book, “Event Entertainment and Production.”

This 433 page hard cover book has become the best form of “how to” book on the subjects of music, entertainment and production for meetings, conventions, trade shows, expositions, and events around the world and has already been translated and published in Russia.

Used by colleges and universities around the world in their hospitality management diploma programs, this relevant text still provides the necessary skills and written experiences required to plan and execute a successful program using entertainment and production support.

Furthermore, Sonder is a Lecturer in Tourism Studies at The George Washington University’s Master of Tourism Administration degree as well as their Event Management Certificate program.

“I am so honored that many of my colleagues have supported me throughout my continuing career and this book,” said Mark.  Some of those testimonials are below:

“Mr. Sonder has crafted an important new body of work which is an essential for every event professional.”
—Richard Aaron, CMP, CSEP, President, BizBash Media

“I think it’s a quality piece of work that is a strong education tool. Anyone interested in producing great events should have it in their library.”
—Vincent Alonzo, editor-in-chief, Successful Meetings Magazine

MarkSonderBW“I always feel like I’m in good hands when working with Sonder…Mark really knows his stuff.”
—Eddie Money, recording artist

Patti Shock calls Mark, “…one of the country’s leading suppliers of headline entertainment for meetings and events. Clearly Sonder’s book is still relevant today as a basis and foundation for event entertainment and production.”

“Happy New Year and Happy tenth anniversary Mark! Yes indeed, your book is an industry classic. Your work has truly touched the world! This book is the most comprehensive compendium of entertainment and production art and science that has ever been assembled.”
—Professor Joe Goldblatt, PhD., CSEP, FRSA, father of the Special Events Industry

If it is not already on your shelf, here is the information you need:
Title: Event Entertainment and Production
Author: Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP
Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Copyright: 2004
ISBN: 0-471-26306-0

Order directly from Amazon.com.

Photos: Top, Event Entertainment and Production book cover; Below, Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP

Editors note:  A press release making this announcement was pickedup by well over 100 media outlets througout the United States!

 

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Entertainment or Slavery? UPDATED INFORMATION!

Entertainment or Slavery? UPDATED INFORMATION!
Documentary Prompts Performers To Cancel SeaWorld Gigs

 

 

The below, reported by the Associated Press, is a follow-up to the subject matter I wrote about on October 27, 2013. See original Blog at http://marksonderproductions.com/blog/entry/52-entertainment-or-slavery

Documentary Prompts Performers To Cancel SeaWorld Gigs
Posted: Mon., Dec. 09, 2013 02:46:35 PM MST

SeawordOrcaORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The rock bands Heart and Barenaked Ladies along with country singer Willie Nelson have canceled their planned performances at SeaWorld in Florida, citing the recent documentary “Blackfish,” which raises questions about the effects of captivity on whales.

Joan Jett on Monday also joined the list of recording artists distancing themselves from the marine park when she sent a letter to SeaWorld President Jim Atchison asking that the park stop using her song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” as the opening music for its “Shamu Rocks” show.

“I’m among the millions who saw ‘Blackfish’ and am sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals,” Jett said in the letter.

A SeaWorld spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about the letter.

Heart was the latest act in the past week to cancel appearances at SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & Barbecue music series in February, making their announcement over the weekend. The series is held over several weekends and features top classic rock and country acts.

A posting on Heart’s official Twitter page said the decision was influenced by the recently-released documentary “Blackfish.” The documentary raises questions about the effects of captivity on killer whales at marine parks such as SeaWorld.

SeawordEntertainmentNelson and Barenaked Ladies made their decisions after fans launched Change.org petitions urging them not to perform at SeaWorld.

Barenaked Ladies said in a statement provided by their spokeswoman: “We watch movies too, ya know!”

“This is a complicated issue, and we don’t claim to understand all of it, but we don’t feel comfortable proceeding with the gig at this time,” the statement said.

SeaWorld officials “have been gracious, and extended us invitations to the park to learn more about what they do, and how they do it,” it said.

SeaWorld spokesman Nick Gollattscheck said in a statement that marine park officials respect the performers’ decisions but added that they were disappointed that “a small group of misinformed individuals” was able to influence the performers.

“The bands and artists have a standing invitation to visit any of our parks to see firsthand or to speak to any of our animal experts to learn for themselves how we care for animals and how little truth there is to the allegations made by animal extremist groups opposed to the zoological display of marine mammals,” Gollattscheck said.

“Blackfish” explores what may have caused Tilikum, a 12,000-pound orca, to kill veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010. She was killed when Tilikum pulled her into a pool. The orca was also involved in two other deaths.

Tilikum was one of three orcas blamed for killing a trainer in 1991 after the woman lost her balance and fell in the pool at Sealand of the Pacific near Victoria, British Columbia. Tilikum was also involved in a 1999 death, when the body of a man who had sneaked by SeaWorld security was found draped over him. The man either jumped, fell or was pulled into the frigid water and died of hypothermia, though he was also bruised and scratched by Tilikum.

The documentary released this year chronicles past incidences of killer whales in captivity acting aggressively toward human trainers and other orcas.

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For all the wrong reasons, I am delighted that this very important humanitarian entertainment issue has gotten legs. It is the hope of this blogger and company to let animal abuse by humans cease.

Other animal abuses that are getting well documented point the finger at Tysons Foods, Wal*Mart and DiGiorno Pizza.
Please view these very disturbing videos. After you finish vomiting, please cease to purchase from these companies as well as share on all your social media accounts in the hopes that public pressure will start to make a difference in their bottom lines and therefore cause change.

– Cows Kicked, Stabbed and Dragged at DiGiorno Pizza.  http://youtu.be/8UaN6wZ1cBA

– Pigs Kicked, Punched, and Spiked Like Footballs at Tyson Factory Farm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T48yOYjz5sk

Thank you all.  Wishing our readers a happy and healthy holiday season and beyond.

 

 

 

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Live Entertainment That Fits!

Live Entertainment That Fits!

By guest blogger Simone Poetscher, Founder of the Corporate Event Blog Mona’s Event Dos & Don’ts

SimonePoetscherWith virtual and hybrid events steadily gaining momentum over the past years, planners of live events are focusing on one of the advantages that keep live events competitive: the personal experience.

While attendees may also consider facets such as the registration process, event location, and the quality of food & beverage, I believe the key to creating a lasting impression is event entertainment.

Entertainment matters!
Event entertainment comes in many shapes and forms. Aerial artists surprising guests at a cocktail reception, an “Idol” type contestant entertaining during a networking event, Atom: World’s Fastest Painter welcoming arrivals before a lecture, or Sir Elton John showing up as surprise guest at a fundraiser. [Find more about selecting “The Perfect Sounds For Your Corporate Event” at Mona’s Event Dos & Don’ts.] It’s these live experiences that will create lasting memories for guests. Memories that will make them want to spread the word about their experience and return for more.

Diversity, diversity!
Companies have many options when it comes to selecting event entertainment. For evening events, organizations could feature a TED talk, panel discussion; or expert presentation. Social events could feature a DJ or live music entertainment. Conference hosts could give their attendees a chance to break away from a day of presentations while enjoying dance performances, acrobat shows, magicians, or a comedian.

With the broad range of entertainment available to the events industry, narrowing down viable options for a specific event sometimes becomes a strategic challenge. The Corporate Event Blog Mona’s Event Dos & Don’ts has collaborated with Mark Sonder on showcasing that corporate entertainment production can help organizations ease the process of finding event entertainment. Find details in the blog post “Spice Up Your Corporate Event! – The How, What, And Why Of Using Corporate Entertainment Production”.

MicsStuartMilesThe perfect match!
Planners may, however, opt to tackle the challenge of finding the perfect match on their own. As they are starting to determine the best fit of entertainment for their event, I see many planners employing a similar process.

I. Corporate image and goals
First, a planner will focus on the host company’s image and goals that should be represented and reached. Is the event host innovative, conservative, adventurous, authoritative, fun, or cautious? Should the audience be informed, entertained, encouraged to try new products, or focus on networking?

II. Target groups
The next step in the process is taking a close look at the target groups. Knowing their age groups, gender, education, and cultural backgrounds helps determine preferences as it pertains to being entertained. Once these questions are answered, the planner can determine the event format: panel discussion vs. gala, networking event vs. product presentation, etc. Also, the type of entertainment that should be secured for the event can be determined: headline entertainer vs. local dinner dance band, content speaker vs. clown, musicians vs. aerial artists, big band vs. laser show, etc.

III. Budget and event location
Lastly, planners need to know where they stand in regards to their entertainment budget, and be aware of any restrictions their preferred event location may impose on event entertainment.

Armed with this information, it’s time to research options either through personal networks or the internet, before reaching out to a corporate entertainment company or individual artists/speakers/entertainers, negotiating terms & conditions, and contracting the perfect fit.

More than ever, providing a unique and all-around positive live event experience for attendees is essential. I advise to not skimp on the time, effort, and funds it takes to do it right. I am convinced that securing your live entertainment and finding the perfect fit can make all the difference.

– Mona

This guest blog post courtesy of the Corporate Event Blog Mona’s Event Dos and Don’ts. Find more tips and tricks on managing your events via http://www.MonasEventDosAndDonts.com/blog.

Photo: Mona
Image of microphones Courtesy of Stuart Miles / www.freedigitalphotos.net

 

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Entertainment or Slavery?

Entertainment or Slavery?

I must apologize to the readers of our blog, as this blog is not about bands or DJs, speakers for meetings, or business theatre. It is a commentary on event entertainment and man’s behaviour throughout the ages and definition of entertainment.

Blackfish[Ed. Note: originally published in 2013] Last week, as I watched the TV Show Crossfire which was hosted by former Speaker of The House Newt Gingrich talk about the upcoming documentary Blackfish where SeaWorld, although invited, choose not to participate, then watched the actual 2 hour documentary, again where SeaWorld elected not to be interviewed or filmed, and then watched Martin Savage with his expert panel of 4 continue the conversation for 1/2 hour post viewing the 2-hour documentary, again where SeaWorld, although invited according to Mr. Savage, elected not to send someone to be on his panel, it got me thinking. As I am a national entertainment industry expert, it really got me thinking about the price a society pays for entertainment and its very definition and I asked myself a question. Is it entertainment or slavery?

According to Wikipedia, slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work.[1] Slaves can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to demand compensation.

From pre-historic times through the slave trade in Arab countries, from the USA’s slave trade through Africa to the beginning of the 20ieth Century Belgium control over the Congolese to just over 65 years ago the Nazi’s control over Jews in Europe, man’s inhumanity to man has been deplorable. While it has taken most of human history, slavery has been theoretically outlawed in most societies. Or has it been?

Although not new, slavery still continues to exist in all human societies on earth, and, it is totally legal. Instead of man’s inhumanity to man, I am speaking of man’s inhumanity to animals. From the well-documented farm animal’s deplorable conditions and treatment, to the well-documented cases of abuse of domestic animals and cock fighting to the well-documented animals serving time for no crime committed as marine mammals “living” in theme parks.

From a single man owning a “dancing bear” with a leash tied to the bear’s nose ring in India and Pakistan; to a roadside tiger, “living” in a small cage in Tennessee; to multibillion dollar corporations torturing large marine mammals such as orcas by housing them in small cement enclosures, such as at SeaWorld, man’s behaviour is both unethical and immoral. And why? All for the mighty dollar. These animals are the slaves of its owners’/corporations’. SLAVES!

Blackfish2At face value, the large corporations, such as SeaWorld, present an electrifying show with its many ton marine stars — while at the same time managing not to deliver a higher pedagogical message about their lives, their stress levels living in their situations, ripped from their mothers and general coping under pressure to perform for food while the company continues to make millions of dollars. Sad.

Zoological studies…research…examination…I get it. Setting them up to do tricks for humans is difficult to understand. Now that the research and studies have been done in captivity, it is time to release these beautiful creatures in the hopes that they may be able to resume their last few years back where they belong. SeaWorld has done some great work bringing back unhealthy animals from the brink and reintroducing them back to the wild. They have done this for possibly millions of marine lives. Now it is time to add just a few more highly intelligent marine mammals to these millions and abolish slavery forever!

Thank you for reading this rant. I promise the next blog will be in line with our readership’s expectations and more in support of my company’s mission. Just gets you thinking about event entertainment…

–Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP
Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.

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