In the recent months the news that SeaWorlds breeding of whales was ending has become a major headline. No, we shouldn’t derail this achievement but, we should consider the facts. Both orcas and killer whales are no longer breed in captivity. The company simply stated they’d stop the breeding of the animal and put an end to the killer whale performing; what’s not being looked at is the new “show”.
It’s important to note that a large portion of the public is misinformed. Many activists have worked to educate the public via protests, social media, organizations, and more. The belief that SeaWorld has solely good intentions isn’t debatable. Yes, aiding wildlife back to health is good but, keeping them in captivity with harsh conditions and using them for personal gain such as entertainment isn’t.
Orcas aren’t the only ones in trouble. Many lesser known animals ,such as pinnipeds, are in danger. Organizations such as MAR and IFAW work to rescue and aid wounded marine animals. Reports of neglect, abuse, and more have become repetitive in SeaWorld. Breeding animals so that all they now is captivity is only damaging to their lives. Locking them up and forcing them to perform is not “protecting” them in any way.
Many trainers have spoken out about their past working at SeaWorld and they’ve all said something similar; animals can’t thrive in captivity. Documentaries such as Blackfish have exposed the company for its cruel morals and practices. It’s important to learn about companies that work with animals such as zoos and aquariums in order to realize the truth.