When we put orcas into captivity, we are taking a lot more away from them than we think. A killer whale in its natural habitat plays a big role in its life. They learn hunting and survival skills, and get the proper food they need. Not only are we taking them away from their home, but we are taking them away from their families. People will capture the baby whales in nets and take them away from their pods as they desperately try to escape.
“Tilikum” SeaWorld 's largest orca, is responsible for the deaths of three trainers, which all three deaths could have been prevented if SeaWorld would have recognized the behavior change in Tilikum. The most recent death to occur was Dawn Brancheau, where Tilikum “scalped and dismembered Dawn as well as breaking bones throughout her body before drowning her.” (Prothero) Since Tilikum was the biggest orca in captivity, he need the most space which led to SeaWorld isolating Tilikum into his own tank. This may have looked like a great idea on paper but because of his isolation Tilikum was literally going psychotic. “Stress of captivity drives Tilikum to exhibit abnormal repetitive behavior, including chewing on metal gates and the concrete sides of his tank—so much so that the most of his teeth are completely worn down.” (Prothero) This stress caused Tilikum to exert aggression to other orcas when let out but also toward trainers. Because SeaWorld failed to recognize the abnormal behavior in Tilikum which ultimately led to the death of Dawn Brancheau and many
In his 2005 article “Consider the Lobster and Other Essays”, Wallace brings it to the attention of people that lobsters are the one creature that are usually cooked while still alive. Although many people find this practice unproblematic simply believing that lobsters cannot feel pain. This practice causes Wallace to go into observation and research about the life of a lobster and if they can feel pain or not while being boiled alive. Moreover, this observation leads Wallace to question our justifications for eating lobsters, and indeed our eating of animals’ altogether. Furthermore, within the article, Wallace speaks on intricate ideas of pain and morality and human acceptance of animal cruelty.
In the documentary “Blackfish”, a professional trainer named Dawn Brancheu was attacked by a whale. Dawn was a popular girl not only at work but also in the community. Shocking everyone of her fans and friends. We all have to understand that we can not have our full trust on animals, why? animals or most commonly, pets will get
The film continues to use several different approaches to invoke an emotional response from the audience. Even the choice to name the documentary “blackfish” is not immediately clear to the audience until Dave Duffus, an OSHA Expert Witness and whale researcher, explains that “the First Nations People and fisherman on the coast…called them blackfish. They’re animals that possess great spiritual powers and are not to be meddled with” (Blackfish). By titling the documentary “blackfish”, the audience begins to ponder that, perhaps, the Indians, in their experience with nature, understood something about these magnificent creatures that we do not truly grasp. These large mammals seem to be more complex than the common person may, initially, realize.
After all the propaganda that the public believed, they tried making the atomic bomb sound like something really good and entertaining. After Admiral Blandy announced that experimental animals would be used Bikini , thousands more protest letters from anti anti vivisection societies, church organizations, and individual animal lovers swamped the White house, Capitol hill, and the war and navy departments. “The humane societies all over the country will find any ignorant stupid people from beating their pets or starving them”, wrote a woman from Venice, California, “and yet people in high positions are allowed to plan such fiendish things. As a moral standard it speaks very poorly for America.” This quote barely addresses the terrible impact done to the Bikini Atoll Island and the native people who lived there. This island still cannot be lived on today due to radioactive
Before Dolores meets Thayer, she’s in a very dark place. However, Lamb makes it so that once she gets to know Thayer and falls in love with him, she is reborn. Lamb shows through his writing that the main reason Dolores is in a happy place now is because of Thayer. Thayer takes Dolores whale watching, and this seems to be where Dolores is reborn. She is criscened by the breaching whale, which demonstrates her rebirth.
In 2013 the controversy of marine mammal captivity was brought into a new light because of Blackfish, a CNN-produced documentary that took the United States by storm by showing a different side to the family-friendly park shows. No longer were killer whales viewed by all as cute stuffed animals to be played with and put on display, but as intelligent and sentient creatures who have been affected significantly by their continued imprisonment. The depth of their social relationships, behaviors, and mental capacity, perhaps only second to that of a human 's, results in the conclusion that orcas are not being protected, as institutions like SeaWorld claims, but are being hindered in their growth of their innate behaviors. This topic has been the
In her writing “Visible and Invisible,” anthropologist Erica Fudge focuses on the tendency of humans to associate an animal with an identity after it becomes relatable to the human experience. This grants the animal a moral value above that of the multitude of other animals suffering by humankind’s hands. When Blackfish revealed Tilikum’s tragic backstory and framed him as a child stolen from his family and imprisoned by a corporation, he was no longer seen as property or the violent beast described by his title “killer whale.” Instead, he gained recognition as an emotionally and intellectually complex individual who deserves better than what SeaWorld had been putting him through. This individuality enhanced the public perception of Tilikum and pushed the general population to condemn SeaWorld’s actions. In the end, this humanization of Tilikum forced SeaWorld to effectively end its orca
After watching clips about whales, dolphins, and the effects of keeping them in captivity from neuroscientist, Lori Merino, on Youtube, I have learned that keeping whales in captivity causes them to do things they wouldn’t do normally in their habitat. Being trained, punished, and tortured causes frustration and anger for he whales, which makes them act out and attack their trainers and other whales, as we saw in the film. In the wild whales usually stick with their pods and rarely approach/attack other whales. Another side affect of keeping whales in captivity is their dorsal fin end up collapsing and flopping over as shown in the film. In their normal habitat this almost never happens.
In 2013, a documentary called Blackfish was released to the public. This film was produced, written, and directed by a lady named Gabriela Cowperthwaite, as a way to show the world how poorly whales are treated and why they do not belong in captivity. Blackfish also shows how little people really know about the beautiful and highly intelligent orca whale itself. Her film was seen by many, and touched the hearts of a lot people, taking the debate of the topic to a higher level. The movie hits on a lot of main issues about captivity, told by reliable people, along with proven statistics to go along with them.
I, myself, have been to SeaWorld and have seen the way the animals are treated, with love and respect. Although it is terrible to see such beautiful animals out of their natural habitat, SeaWorld are unable to return them to their homes, as for many animals in the SeaWorld parks, it is their home. Many animals in captivity, such as the infamous Tilikum and Katina, are now too old to be returned to the sea, and frankly, too big. Many of these whales were in fact captured by fishermen many years ago, and have lived in a tank since, but to remove them from the environment at this stage in their life is unfair and would cause great trauma to
Everyday all around the world whales are being kept in captivity against their will. Sure, attraction parks such as Sea World are an amazing experience for everyone. Every child wishes to experience large mammals up close doing acrobatics, splashing, and interacting with the trainers. However, whales are not choosing to participate. They are being forced, and rewarded with food, love and attention.
Hannah Ton Mrs. Braun Honors American Literature 1 November 2015 SeaWorld Orca Breeding Should Not Be Continued When Dr. Heather Rally, a veterinarian who specializes with marine mammals, visited SeaWorld, she witnessed an orca with a severely collapsed fin and asked an “educational” guide why its fin was bent. The guide replied that it was a genetic trait just like curly or straight hair. However, Rally knows the truth, scientific evidence suggests that the high rate of dorsal fin collapse in captive orcas is due to conditions of captivity. These include spending an abnormally long time at the surface in direct sunlight and continuously swimming in tight circles. Recently, a law was passed by the Coastal Commission to allow SeaWorld to expand
In Karen Fowlers We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, she questions the reader into asking yourself is it ethical to do experiments on animals. Fowlers use many different ways to show how harmful testing and experimenting can be on animals. But all animal rights and activist’s groups do that, what Fowler does differently from those groups completely changed my view on experimenting with animals, and I think it is the most persuasive argument I have ever read. Fowler introduces Fern who is a chimpanzee as her sister, she doesn’t clarify that Fern is not human until a quarter of the way through the book. She describes her in all truthful ways except for the fact that she is not a human.