I love this.
Whatever your stance on SeaWorld and cetaceans in captivity in general, to deny that zoos and aquaria don’t educate the masses who’d otherwise not give a flying shit about these creatures is idiocy.
Remember Steve Irwin?
Dude spent most of his TV time arguably tormenting animals.
Regardless of your stance on that, he was entertaining, and that entertainment brings viewers, who gain knowledge and bring with them funds that pour into research and conservation.
Yeah, SeaWorld is a business, but the work it does for the natural world both directly from pouring money and manpower to protect it, and indirectly by enthusing people about the world’s oceans, is immense. Kids who go to SeaWorld and see Shamu jumping might go away with an appreciation for those animals they never otherwise would have.
Is that an excuse for abuse? Or for the horrible things SeaWorld has done in the past? No, it’s not, of course it’s not, but we’ve gotta stop this couch activism and ignorance.
What really winds me up is that at Miami Sequarium, there is a single orca that lives by herself in a tank only 60x80x20ft. Her friend killed himself by repeatedly ramming into the wall of the tank. SeaWorld Orlando are currently building a new tank for their whales that is 50ft deep and more than 350ft in length.
Yeah, these animals are big, but that’s way more space than most captive animals in zoos get comparative of body size. No one is up in arms about shitty zoos all around the world getting away with keeping all kinds of animals in terrible conditions - but a documentary comes out about orcas and everyone’s at their keyboards saying how angry they are!
Think. For. Yourself.