York, United Kingdom
SeaWorld is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year but it also marks another anniversary – 50 years of holding orcas captive for ‘entertainment’ purposes.
Orcas live in tight family groups who usually stay together for life. SeaWorld ripped many of these wild families apart in the 60s and 70s. Although they don’t capture from the wild anymore, they now breed orcas from as early as 6 years old. In the wild, orcas do not start breeding until they are around 15. Impregnating orcas so young hasresulted in many mothers rejecting their calves or being aggressive towards them and mothers not knowing how to nurse properly which leads to their calves dying within the first few months. Surviving calves often have to be raised by trainers. Without any bond to their mothers, these orcas do not learn how to nurse and cannot bring up their own offspring.
Captivity causes orcas mental distress, as seen in Tilikum (pictured above), who was involved in the death of three humans, and Kasatka, who dragged her trainer Ken Peters under water multiple times in an attempt to drown him in 2006. I do not want to see these beautiful creatures suffer any longer. I also do not want to see another human being die in these theme parks just because the owners of these parks cannot let go of their traumatised star attraction.
WDC, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, a charity I am a supporter of, are backing my calls for British Airways to stop working with SeaWorld. In response to WDC’s recent campaign, Virgin Holidays are looking carefully at their future relationship with the captivity industry. I hope BA will step up to the mark and do the same. We ask BA to stop selling trips to SeaWorld. After 50 years of making millions of dollars profit for SeaWorld’s Shamu Stadium, we want to see a better future for these magnificent, intelligent and socially complex whales.
BA responded positively to WDC’s campaign asking cargo airlines not to transport live whales and dolphins captured in the wild. We hope they will extend their positive response to our wish for an end to the suffering these orcas endure in confinement in the name of ‘entertainment’.
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Thank you for sharing this with us. I did not know any of this. Education is a powerful tool. I have never enjoyed “animal” shows for this very reason.
There was a time when the public were duped into believing that animals enjoyed performing for humans. Now there is a more widespread knowledge about the cruelty inflicted on them in order for businesses to make money.
There are images in my mind from YouTube clips that tend to keep coming back to me. One is of a baby elephant at a circus being tortured to “break” it. The other of an elephant trying to stamp on her newborn to kill it, because she knows what is going to happen to it. She was unsuccessful because three of her legs were tied and the baby was pulled away. There was a look of glee from a female circus worker who was involved.
As a kid I had no idea how cruel it was for the animals. I’m glad that we are starting to become aware of these problems. Thanks for spreading the word.
It has been a clever illusion for a long time that performing animals are happy and well cared for. Instead they are lonely, terrified and in pain.
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