Set the Orcas Free from Captivity!

Set the Orcas Free from Captivity!

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It has been a little over five decades later and there have been no changes to stop the devastating and everlasting effects of animals being held in captivity since 1961. Tilikum was a sweet and lovely orca who died at the age of thirty-five, after thirty-three years of being held captive at SeaWorld’s concrete tanks. Shamu, a nine-year-old orca, was pronounced dead after a uterine infection and blood poisoning, at the Sea World’s concrete tanks. Kalina, also known as “Baby Shamu,” impregnated at the age of six and mother of four calves while she was held in captivity, was pronounced dead after twenty-five years of being held captive at SeaWorld’s concrete tanks. The lives of these orcas are no different than if it were a life of a human being, so when has it become morally correct to rip them away from their chance to have a life out in the wild? According to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, as of April 3, 2019, there are a total of 70 orcas held in captivity, where 37 of them were taken from the wild and 33 were born in captivity. Not only are orcas dying in the hands of SeaWorld, but so is their well being and stability because they are solely being used for profit.

Now, we must advocate for change to happen because the lives of many orcas are being ripped away by being held in captivity, where they will face long term physical, mental, and emotional distress. Just imagine swimming every minute of every day in the same atmosphere, with no large amount of space that will let you move freely, for over two decades; soon enough you would feel claustrophobic, anxious, and frustrated. So again, why would an orca’s life, or any of the animals held in captivity, be any different than ours? SeaWorld confines orcas into tanks too small for them to live in because, on average, they swim up to 140 miles a day, and according to SeaWorldofHurt.com that is approximately 4,280 laps in their tank. In addition, many are breaking their teeth, in search of getting out, because of their anxiety, stress, and boredom levels. Can you just imagine the frustration they endure twenty-four hours a day?

SeaWorld is teaching children that it is acceptable to deprive animals of their freedom and forbid them their ability to live a free life out in the wild, for the sake of entertainment. Thus, we need to end this cycle of captivity and advocate for sea sanctuaries, where orcas and other marine animals held in captivity can go to, to have a fresh start at life in an environment that doesn't restrict their mobility. Because taking the orcas back to the wild would be like teaching a child to run when it hasn't even learned to crawl, the implementation of sea sanctuaries can be a start for this new environment they will be introduced into. Not only will they have more space, but they will still have assistant care that will help guide the orcas to improvement and growth.

The goal of sea sanctuaries is to provide a natural environment to orcas held in captivity where they won’t be constricted to a concrete tank, but rather to fresh water and an environment similar to the one they were ripped away from. Sea sanctuaries allow for more movement to swim and drive and it gives them the opportunity to roam freely without the bribes of the workers. We can start to improve the lives of many animals held in captivity and finally put an end to captive life at SeaWorld by saving one orca at a time! Don't be a sponsor to animals in captivity but rather an advocate for sea sanctuaries so that animals can live in peace and with the justice they deserve. Let SeaWorld know you support sea sanctuaries!

 

 

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