Okay whether you like Blackfish or not, Dawn still died. Kandu V still died from a fatal blow that likely would have never happened in the wild. Lolita’s tank is still not regulation size. A huge percent of male orcas in captivity still have collapsed dorsal fins while a fraction of that percent have collapsed dorsal fins in the wild. The orcas still die abnormally early. The tricks that the orcas and dolphins have to perform are still not natural, no matter how you try to justify it. (Trainers standing on their rostrums, wow, so natural!) Whether or not you agree with Blackfish, the message that it stands for is not false. You can hate Blackfish all you want but you can’t ignore the facts that are behind it.
There is no need for those because if you visit a park (not letting your views influence your visit), you’d be an eye witness for yourself.
If you speak with trainers who currently work with these animals and not ones from literally 20 years ago, you’d realize everything they say is false. It’s contradictory to the behaviour of captive orcas, and even wild orcas.
If you visit scribd, or even just google search SeaWorld Orca Profiles, you will come across along line of seaworld documents. Unbiased, it talks about the animals different personalities, it’s your job to read them, and analyze the behaviour of animals, apply their personality, likes and dislikes, to situations and get your answer as to why certain things happen.
I know there are some anticaps out there still struggling with their desire to support large corporations yet deal with all the evidence of cetaceans’ unsuitability with captivity. Well, put all those unhappy feelings away because I’ve finally cobbled together a game plan for those who are still on the fence. Follow these easy steps for a ignorant, blinkered life of uninterrupted bliss.
How to Support Captivity in Five Easy Steps:
1. Don’t do research.
2. Empty your head of logic or any preexisting knowledge you have about the animals’ natural behavior and habitat. Why are even listening to scientists and biologists anyway? When did they ever ride on an orca’s face?
3. Listen to the sales pitch. Be flattered. Buy something. Seriously, just squeeze an orca plushie and tell me captivity is bad for you - I mean them.
4. Anthropomorphize the whales to explain away any troubling behavior, i.e., if the whales are highly aggressive or unreceptive to trainers’ commands they’re not acting out of frustration or stress; they’re just being ‘hams’ or ‘little shits.’
5. Ignore any new research or testimonies on untoward effects of captivity on cetaceans. Theme parks have all the testimony you need already and nothing new will ever come along to change your mind. Trust me.
This…this, is GOLD!! Perfection!!
"Please post scientific articles in support of captivity"
"There are no need for those"