End Orca captivity
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Ever since 1961 people around the world have been capturing Killer Whales from out of the waters in places such as British Columbia, California and many other places. They began to become popular attractions at public aquariums and other places like that. They were captured due to their intelligence, trainability, striking appearance and other reasons. One of the first killer whales to be captured was a female Orca named 'Wanda' in November 1961 by a collecting crew from Marineland. The 17ft orca was put into a tank at Marineland where she kept crashing into the walls. She died the following day. This was just the start of danger for Killer Whales in the wild. Killer Whales swim up to 100 miles a day and eat tonnes of fish and other cetaceans. In captivity in order to swim what theyd swim in the wild in a day they have to do 1,208 laps around their tank. Imagine being locked in a room and having to go around 1,208 laps a day just to at least try and get exercise. Wouldnt it drive you crazy? Orcas are one of the most sociable species of animals on this planet. They have to socialise with 2-50 other Killer Whales. Like humans Orcas have their own languages. Seaworld are quite happy to throw orcas in a pool together but the trouble is they come from different pods so they would have different types of whistles and clicks and ways to communicate. Orcas suffer physically and mentally just to amuse people around the world. Seaworld arent the only marine park that treat the orcas as if they are clowns. In Florida, in 1970 Miami Seaquarium captured Lolita, a female orca. She had a tankmate named Hugo, unfortunately on 4 March 1980 Hugo died after constantly smashing his head against the tank, reported as an act of suicide. In the wild orcas have never been known to 'commit suicide'. Lolita has been alone ever since and to this day has been in captivity for just over 40 years. Now Seaworld and other marine parks portray themselves as 'helping' orcas and developing peoples understanding of them. Keeping them in a tank that is no where near big enough for them is no way to 'educate' people about them. Many people hear stories about the bad things Killer Whales do in captivity but no one will ever hear their side of the story, they cant speak, we dont know how they feel getting locked in a tank, deprived of food if they do something wrong, living in horrible conditions, having no family, no one to socialise with. How would you feel? No one knows the truths behing Seaworld, there are so many lies. They say Orcas live to be 30-50 in the wild and in captivity they survive longer. Thats no truth. Male orcas can live to over 60 years old and female orcas can live to over 100! We as humans have no right to take an animal out of its natural habitat and claim it 'ours' because the truth is it isnt. You can buy a Killer Whale, stick it in a tank and give it a name but that Orca belongs to the ocean, its family, not humans. The way Orcas are made out to be in captivity is wrong. Killer Whales dont 'just attack' people. For instance Dawn Brancheau(killed by Tillikum) before the show he didnt follow one of the commands therefore, he wasnt given any fish and you could tell he was getting agitated and he could hear that the bucket was getting empty. Its not right to deprive orcas of food for not following a 'command'. As of December 2014 there were a total lf 57 orcas in captivity including captive born ones. There needs to be an end to this all, and soon. Please share this with as many people as you can and help make a difference. Learn more by watching blackfish the documentary.
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