STOP SEAWORLD FROM PROFITING OFF ORCAS

STOP SEAWORLD FROM PROFITING OFF ORCAS

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Seaworld is known for advertising promotional videos encouraging people to come and visit their whales. Recently, on January 28, 2019 one of their Orcas, Kayla who was 30 years old and well known by their audience/visitors,  passed away at Seaworld. According to People from the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), she’s now the 42nd orca to die during the amusement park’s watch. According to Seaworld, her death was due to lung disease, but as most of us don’t know, it was due to Seaworld Orlando’s poor environment, and how Kayla was kept in captivity. Seaworld misleads the public about the Orca lifestyles and mentions how they try to protect the animals from extinction, but the film Black Fish shows a different side and exposes how SeaWorld behave towards Orcas and forcefully have them in captivity. My purpose is to have Seaworld stop using sea animals as entertainment. 


 Going back to Kayla’s experience, the fact that she was born at Seaworld San Antonio in 1988, yet not reaching the age of three years old before being taken away from her mother and being moved to Seaworld Ohio. Normally,  in the wild, the babies Orcas always stay on their mother’s side which takes responsibility for their protection. Kayla lived her entire life trapped at Seaworld. She never got to experience the wild and even if she wanted to, she wouldn't know how to survive by herself because of her being kept in captivity for her entire life. This is a result of her never being taught by her mother since Seaworld tore them apart before Kayla learning how to survive on her own. PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman told the Post, “After being hauled from park to park, performing tricks in chemically treated waters for a reward of dead fish, miscarrying a calf and losing another, and enduring forced artificial insemination, Kayla’s suffering has come to an end. She died well shy of her normal life expectancy, stuck in a tiny tank at SeaWorld. PETA and local members will hold two memorials for her this week because while we recognize that it’s too late to help her, it’s not too late to call attention to SeaWorld’s other orcas, who must be released into seaside sanctuaries as soon as possible.” It’s upsetting to know that this lifestyle is nothing that an animal or even a human would ever want. Kayla also had babies of her own who experienced the same fate as her, simply because Seaworld does not care about whether they’re happy with their babies or in a good environment. They only care about Orcas being in good condition for their performances and profiting from them. Most likely, when Kayla’s babies become mothers as well, their babies will be taken away and so on, but we can help shut down this tragic cycle by spreading the word to our friends and family because, although it might be too late for Kayla, it's not too late to call attention to SeaWorld's actions.  


Orcas in the wild have a life expectation of 30 to 50 years and the average age of Orcas that have died at SeaWorld is 14 years. Most captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins because unfortunately, they have no space in which to swim freely and are fed an unnatural diet like frozen fish. SeaWorld claims that “having their dorsal fins collapsing is common” although very rare condition in wild for Orcas, which means they are not happy and healthy. After, BlackFish disclosed the reality of animals in captivity at SeaWorld, New York Times published an article of SeaWorld reacting to BlackFish, “SeaWorld Agrees to Pay $5 Million in ‘Blackfish Effect’ Case,  SeaWorld responded with a public-relations campaign, including a letter to movie critics that said Blackfish was misleading and agenda-driven. In 2016, SeaWorld said it would phase out orca performances and stop breeding the animals. Tilikum died last year. SeaWorld now has 21 whales at parks in Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio, Travis Claytor, a spokesman, said. He said the animals have lived in human care for most of their lives.” This demonstrates how Seaworld is willing to pay these people to continue profiting and not get exposed to the public. Today, people don’t support SeaWorld’s animal captivity because they are beginning to be aware of their practices and dishonest ways. Staying updated, sharing and getting people to avoid Seaworld, the sooner these animals can be released into the wild that’s more suited to their needs. If the park truly wants to renovate its business and recover its reputation, it needs to stop using these innocent animals. These Orcas that are being kept in captivity deserve to enjoy the wildlife that they’ve been denied for so long. It’s not too late for SeaWorld to make better choices. Join us in making a change for the best for these animals.

 

 

 

 

 

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