Therefore, if release is not possible, it is tempting say that the killer whales remaining in captivity should be protected and put in better tanks and that they should not be forced to perform. This would still, however, violate the five freedoms under the animal welfare act. Thus, the only other option when release is not possible, is humane euthanasia. This would clearly not go well with the public, as they would just see the overriding organization that put the act into motion as heartless murderers, when in reality, they would be trying to do what is best for the killer whales. Furthermore, I feel that an animal welfare act should be declared to prevent further capture of killer
Some people argue that exotic animals shouldn’t be allowed to be kept as pets because the negatives strongly outweigh the benefits of having one. Owning a wild animal is arguably cruel to the animal in a way that owning a domestic animal isn’t. In fact, owning an exotic pet can be extremely expensive and the average pet owner cannot provide the care they need in captivity. Housing,
146 orcas have died in captivity, and 48 of those orcas have died at SeaWorld. The average person believes that orcas, also known as killer whales, are in captivity for their own well being, or to research their species, but that is false. Killer whales are tortured to do our bidding, for other people's entertainment and greediness. The orca trainers limit their food rations so that they become hungry enough to want the “food treat” after they do the tricks that are force upon them. Orcas do not belong in captivity, they belong in the ocean not in a tank.
Japan sells the whale meat at high rates. They also mark the meat purposely, wrong so that the customers won’t know that it’s actually a whale that they’re eating. Japan also use whales for soap, tobacco, dog food, and other supplies. They say that they use whales for research, but stabbing and killing them, doesn’t sound like any research to me! Also, instead of using the money, given to them, for the poor, they use it for whaling.
I think Killer Whales should not be in captivity because, of the injures they can get in their tanks, how they get stressed out and they are better in the wild. The first reason why I think should not be in captivity is of what happens in their tank. The first piece of evidence from the PETA practical “Aquariums and Marine Parks” is that since the tanks for the orcas are usually small for them, they get insane because of the echolocation they use. This makes me think that since their fin sometimes curves, that they would get injured while swimming. In addition, this might make the whale die faster than what they are supposed to live to.
I am pro animal testing because animals repopulate In the wild and in captivity so,testing won't hurt. Animals are or needed for testing in order to keep humans out of harm's way. Using animals prevents people from dying and could save more depending on the medicine being tested. Animals must be used in cases when ethical considerations prevent the use of human subjects. When testing medicines for potential toxicity, the lives of human volunteers should not be put in
Orcas in Captivity Orca care today has drastically worsened and is not suitable for the minimal care needed to provide for the orcas. Some may argue that keeping animals in captivity will improve their quality of life. However, animals that are reintroduced into habitats after being held in captivity fail to respond to the wilderness with optimal success. Allowing animals to survive, provide, and thrive in their natural habitat not only provides for their psychological needs, but it helps to keep the quality of the environment around them more desirable. Protecting animals in their natural habitat is a more rational plan that is prone to succeed than holding animals in a cesspool of captivity.
Zoos are highly unsafe for animals. Every day animals are being forced to entertain the public. 62 orcas have died at SeaWorld for the entertainment of selfish people (Krushel n.p). Colin Bairone one of Tilikum’s old trainers said, “I think everyone has a better understanding of the natural world and the intelligence and social infrastructure of these amazing animals and that concrete pools are not a place for them to be,” (Baker n.p). Not only do animals die for the entertainment of the people, they often become depressed.
Orcas with different backgrounds and dialects are placed together without much thought about how this could affect them. A killer whale named Tilikum was placed in Sealand and he was expected to perform tricks that he had never done, and if he performed them incorrectly all of the whales were withheld food. “This annoyed the others, so they would rake him with their teeth, causing him to bleed” (Lewis). In the wild, when a dominant orca begins showing aggression the other orca has thousands of miles to swim away and flee the scene. However, these animals are in pools where they do not have that option.
Are You Safe? People shouldn’t be able to keep exotic animals as pets. Exotic animals are wild and dangerous. It doesn’t matter if they were well taught as babies, because of their natural behavior they will still attack. It’s a big responsibility to take care of an exotic animal and it’s a risk to your life.
Blackfish is a film that touches on the subject of whales in captivity. It turned into a very controversial matter, starting protests against SeaWorld on the streets, and questioning its care for the animals they keep. It even reached a point where SeaWorld had to make a document claiming the film being inaccurate, and false in its testimonies. The most relevant issues discussed in Blackfish and SeaWorld’s response are the health of the orcas in captivity, the possible causes of their aggressive behavior, and their involvement in the trainers’ injuries and death. The health of the orcas in captivity is one of the first topics that appear on Blackfish.