“Can you imagine being in a small concrete enclosure for your life when you’re used to swimming 100 miles a day?”-Blackfish
The controversy concerning SeaWorld is becoming quite popular day by day. We are aware of the tortures SeaWorld and other entities implement in their programs towards whales. However, when whales “attack” humans, we must understand why they do so. What is the reason behind this? Captivity.
The documentary film Blackfish focused on Tilikum, showing that his captivity caused his outrage. Captivity leads to stress. Such horrific stress will obviously lead to such aggressive behavior. It is ignorant to blame the whales. Tilly has gained high popularity since the release of the film. Not only that, but Tilly is also the largest Orca whale in captivity, weighing over 12,500 pounds and measuring over 22 feet in length. Tilly was snatched away from his family and home at the age of 2. He now spends his enslaved life in a depressing, cement pool that is less than a fraction of 1% of his natural habitat.
Compare this situation to living in a bathtub for over 28 years. You would go insane.
Tilikum is currently 30 years old and dying. Orcas are expected to live as any human– up to 100 years (dependent on the orca’s sex) in the wild. However, the average male orca dies at about the age of 17 at SeaWorld. 92% of SeaWorld’s orcas did not survive past the age of 25. Tilikum has a collapsed dorsal fin, a sign of an unhealthy and stressed orca. He is now sick from a deadly bacterial infection. Such bacterial infections are not uncommon in such captive settings where the care for animals is absolutely zilch.
How in the world can we possibly say we are “protecting” the animals by capturing them from their natural environment? Animals reside in their natural, individual environments for a reason. Those environments are specifically designed for them. We cannot continue to destroy nature with the excuse of protecting it. Tilly’s outrage was completely justified. These trainers who are dying from whale aggression do not deserve it. It is not at all the trainer’s fault nor is it the whale’s. It is SeaWorld and its management, its carelessness and greed.
“All whales in captivity have a bad life. They’re all emotionally destroyed. They’re all psychologically traumatized. So they’re ticking time bombs.”
Now, let me be honest. I visited SeaWorld when I was young (age 10) and uneducated on the severity of the issue. I visited SeaWorld on a family trip like many families do when visiting Florida. Nonetheless, years went by, and I became of aware of such heinous crimes.
It is unethical to take such an intelligent creature from his home only to use in a forced captive breeding and entertainment business. SeaWorld is a place for animal cruelty and slavery. We are showcasing such beautiful creatures for our own entertainment. We are snatching such animals from their natural habitats with the excuse of “protection.” We are snatching them from their families for our own “benefit.” What SeaWorld practices is disgusting, and it’s about time we say no.
#freetilly #freethewhales #saynotoseaworld
“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer,
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