Release Whales In Captivity
Release Whales In Captivity
You have the orca dolls, you have been to every show, you know the orcas are happy. But, what if there's more that goes on behind the scenes? Orcas are harmed, blamed and kidnapped from their families! Trainers make the dangerous choice to work with these wild animals. Orcas should be leaping in the wild, not in a bathtub.First of all, the orcas are harmed at SeaWorld, an aquarium that keeps orcas in captivity for shows. They are not in a family at SeaWorld, thus causing to anger with orcas. Sometimes, orcas die from serious attacks from another orca. “Wild orcas rarely fight with each other at this extent.” many orca experts claim. Another way they are harmed is by chemicals. Orcas live in places like Orlando, Florida at SeaWorld. They get badly sunburned due to the fact that they can’t hide from the heat like they do in the wild. Therefore, SeaWorld uses a chemical called, Zinc Oxide that they use to cover up the sunburns. This can damage the orca's skin badly. Lastly, at many parks that keep orcas captive, they use a punishment system. They would put a non- trained orca with a trained orca and tell them to do the same behaviors. If the non- trained orca failed, they would not give both orcas food. They would be food deprived and the trained orca would attack the non- trained orca, giving him rakes and injuries like I mentioned earlier. “No aquarium, no tank in a marineland, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea,” stated Jacques Yves Cousteau, a researcher who explorers all life in the sea. No orca deserves to be harmed like this
Boom. Crushed under an 8,000-pound orca. The public blames you, the orca. It is not your fault, yet you are blamed. That is just one of the injuries that happened with an orca. Have you heard about the death of Dawn Brancheau? The trainer at SeaWorld that was killed by the orca named Tilikum? On February 24, 2010, at Orlando, Florida. Dawn Brancheau was in Tilikum’s pool when all of a sudden, Tilikum grabbed Dawn’s arm and dragged her into the pool. She drowned as well as cut and scalped from the orca. According to an article by John Couwels, the producer at CNN. That was the third trainer Tilikum had killed. On February 20th, 1991 21-year-old Keltie Byrne, a champion swimmer and part-time worker at Sealand of the Pacific was drowned and killed by Tilikum, Haida, and Nootka. Stated an article written by Vivian Juo, a reporter at CNN. Another case is when a 27-year-old man was found dead in Tilikum’s tank. Security cameras show that Tilikum scarred and killed the man. There are about 14 serious injuries and deaths that have happened with orcas and people. However, we cannot blame the orcas for these deaths and injuries. If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, would you not go a bit psychotic?
Orcas are taken away from their families, calves separated from moms, orcas can’t do anything about it. They use bombs to heard the orcas in, then they just pick out the young ones. The mothers scream and cry, but there is nothing they can do. In only 1970, they took about 307 orcas from the wild. Claims SeaWorld of hurt, a website that closely looks at marine parks and their animals. They have taken at least 156 orcas from the wild in 1961 and 129 of those orcas are now dead. States WCD (Article about The Fate of Captive Orcas) Another thing SeaWorld does that separates families is, separating calves from mothers. When a normally quiet whale has her calf taken away from her, she hides in the corner and screeches calls that have not been heard before. SeaWorld should not be separating families, that is not fair and causes problems with orcas.
Everyone should know, it is dangerous! The court laws are going back and forth to stop shows. Osha, a organization that is fighting to end orca captivity, claims that, “These are wild animals and they are unpredictable because we don’t speak whale, we don’t speak whale, we don’t speak tiger, we don’t speak monkey.” One the other hand, trainers love working with these animals. You grow a very special relationship with your whale. But, they have trusted these animals too much. These animals are wild animals. They belong in the wild. It is dangerous to even attempt to train these animals. These are animals, that belong in the wild, swimming with their families. But in captivity, anything can happen. Some trainers claim that it is worth the risk. If anything happens, well you signed up for a dangerous job. No. Anytime there is an accident, who gets blamed? The orcas. They have no power in a concrete space. PETA made a poster saying, “He will let go, If you will let him go,” This dangerous job has nothing to do with orcas. It is a choice the trainers make.
We should be ashamed that we let these horrible things happen to orcas. These animals are highly emotional and loving. They are not happy in captivity. Harmed, blamed, involved in trainer deaths and involved in dangerous things. Orcas don’t belong in theme parks they belong to mother nature. Let them be wild, leaping happily.