SeaWorld is educational. If you're against captivity you're against education. Also, we wouldn't have as many chances to get so close to such beautiful creatures if they didn't keep them captive.
SeaWorld’s not educational. Here are some reasons why:
They ‘teach’ us that orca only eat fish - dead fish if you ‘learn’ from watching one of their Shamu shows. In the wild depending on the orca’s origins they have been known to feed on fish, stingray, seals, penguins and even other cetaceans.
If SeaWorld was educational why do they house both transient and resident orca in the same tanks when in the wild these animals would not mix?
In the wild orca don’t mate within their families. Once a calf is born it never leaves its mothers side - meaning pod’s are made up of mothers and their children. Fathers remain with their mothers and siblings. In SeaWorld orca are inbred causing premature death, more stillborn births and other complications much less common in the wild.
If SeaWorld were educational would they not refuse the sale of Tilikum’s sperm given his past psychotic and aggressive behaviour (due to being cooped up in a tin can for the majority of his life) instead of allowing him to father 21 SeaWorld calves purely for profit (having trained him for artificial insemination).
If SeaWorld were educational why would they impregnate their female orca’s before they’re mature enough and why would they impregnate them so soon after previous births? In the wild Orca wait 5+ years between births.
Why would they allow pregnant mothers to slide onto the slide-out putting unnecessary strain and weight on their unborn calves causing miscarriages and stillbirths?
Why would they let any orca use the slide-out considering the weight is known to damage their internal organs?
If SeaWorld were educational why would they show us WILD animals in cages performing ridiculous tricks for our ‘entertainment’? These are not natural wild behaviours - they are not natural behaviours at all. Why wouldn’t they sell wild orca tours or show educational videos?
If SeaWorld were educational why would they allow us to see animals with extremely sensitive sonar being tortured by constant loud music, clapping and fireworks?
I could go through a similar list of questions/facts for all animals kept at SeaWorld but, I think I’ve made my point.
SeaWorld are a number of things. Greedy and selfish to name just a few. But there’s one thing SeaWorld definitely isn’t: SeaWorld is not educational.
Finally, this planet is not OURS. The oceans are not OURS. We are not the sole inhabitants of this earth. The things that live here with us do not belong to us. They are not here to provide us with entertainment. If you want to see an orca in the flesh go out to sea - wait. Don’t spend a ridiculous amount of money to sit in a stadium watching these beautiful animals perform mindless tricks instead of swimming hundreds of miles in the open ocean.
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