Imagine living in a bathtub your whole life. Feeling like you just need so much more room! That is how an Orca feels in captivity! There are a lot of aquariums around the world with Orcas and many other animals that are being held captive. Captivity needs to stop because the Orcas don’t live as long, they take the Orcas away from their natural habitat and families, and most of all they need space to swim.
These orcas are ripped away from their families and brought into an unnatural environment which could be quite stressful. Orcas are highly sociable and emotional animals as a result of “a part of an orca whale’s brain extend[ing] outward adjacent to their limbic system into what neuroscientists call a paralimbic cleft, which processes emotions” (Wise). These are animals that are commonly known as friendly and social, but in captivity, they “exhibit such disturbed behavior as chewing the sides of their tank or swimming in exactly the same pattern for hour after hour” due to anxiety and depression (Visser). These actions that they present are the equivalent to compulsive behaviors in humans with psychological issues such as locking and unlocking doors, obsessively washing hands, or repeating a specific task multiple times a day. Keeping orcas in an obviously psychologically stressinducing environment has no true
The Negative Effects Captivity has on Orcas Orcas, also known as killer whales, have been captured and placed in captivity beginning in 1961. Not only were orcas captured and brought into captivity, many were born into captivity. An increasing amount of Orcas in captivity has started a serious conversation on whether Orcas are benefiting or suffering from being held in captivity. There are differing opinions about captivity having a positive or negative effect on the Orcas well-being. There are numerous amounts of negative effects resulting from orcas being captured and kept in captivity including: separation from pods, aggression towards other whales, aggression towards humans, a shortened lifespan, lack of exercise, tooth decay, lack of natural enrichment, unnatural reproduction, food deprivation, and the drugging of orcas.
Orcas were not the only animals at SeaWorld exhibiting aggressive behavior. Several instances have been documented in which dolphins have acted aggressively to both a SeaWorld trainer and SeaWorld patrons. According to USA Today’s article, “Captive animals ' attack on trainers and public” dolphins have engaged in aggressive behavior. “In 2000 a dolphin entangled a trainer in a net, spun her around and held her underwater during a dolphin capture exercise. The trainer suffered three factures and torn ligaments in her right arm.
An animal in captivity is fed on a regular daily schedule, causing them to lose their ability to hunt for prey, because that is not a valid option for them. Many zoos and nature programs have supervised breeding programs, as referenced in the text of “The Impact of Animal Protection”. Unlike the wild where the animals have the ability to choose their own mates, the animals in captivity have forced breeding like some people in different countries have arranged marriages. Meanwhile, the animals do live safely and are protected from hunters and poachers, but despite this, animal species would probably be better off if people “protect them in zoos for a short period of time and release them back into their natural habitat while they still are wild animals”, as referenced in the text of “Do Animals Lose in Zoos?”. Zoos in many ways are much like a prison.
In many zoos, animals are forced to live in prison-like cages for a large portion of their lives and are deprived of food. Harsh treatment like this can lead to aggressiveness and psychotic behavior. In the documentary Blackfish, which is a film that informs us about what really goes on behind the scenes of Seaworld, a killer whale named Tilikum had been deprived of food along with another whale. Tilikum was a new whale at the park and was training with an
*Photo #2* Caption: Orcas in small containment area covered in bite marks. (Photo courtesy Dolphin Project) Strange and dangerous behavior But in truth. strange and even dangerous behavior is nothing new for SeaWorld 's orcas. — they 've been spotted floating for hours on end, according to the Dodo. They’ve also been spotted "pacing" their tanks, smashing their teeth off on tank walls and seriously injuring each other.
Andre Cole Ricardo Acosta G. English 101 September 22, 2015 Do Killer Whales Actually Belong in Captivity? Ever since wild animals such as Killer Whales have been captured and kept in theme parks and zoos as amusement, there have been issues on whether they should or shouldn’t be kept in captivity. Killer Whales, otherwise commonly referred to as Orcas, have regularly been taken away from the sea at a very young age so they can be trained, raised and kept in theme parks for exhibition. Although theme parks no longer capture whales from the wild, they are still bred in captivity for public display at marine parks such as Sea World (Gorman). Sea World and other theme parks confine whales to tanks that, for them, are about the same size as a
The killer whales don’t know or understand each other so they can’t even begin to try and create the social connections there species have in the wild. As well, killer whales brains have a extra part that taps into there communication and feelings for each other that humans don’t have: “ (killer whales) have a more complex social structure and most importantly need their family network (pod) for a happy and healthy life” (Martinez). The killer whales in captivity need those social interactions and relationships, without them, they become tense, anxious, and hyper-aggressive and they begin fighting with each other, which leads to injuries and sometimes death. The social bonds are crucial to killer whales communicating and getting along with each other, captivity limits there chance to create lasting
The people of the Ethical Treatment of Animals have filed lawsuits on SeaWorld (PETA), PETA claimed that SeaWorld captured 5 orcas from the wild and they are seeking a declaration that those five orcas are slaves and subjected to involuntary servitude. Different rhetorical devices such as extreme exaggeration, ethos, are used to persuade and inform the audience about animals that are being held at SeaWorld in articles Orcas Aren't the Only Ones Being Mistreated at SeaWorld, The Guardian, and As SeaWorld stops breeding orcas, what are the impacts of research?. As seen in the movie Blackfish several orcas at SeaWorld have a collapsed dorsal fin that has the public concerned. According to The Guardian
The majority of the invasive species are introduced through irresponsible owners letting their pets go. If there was a restriction on invasive species easily going out pet store doors, many pet owners would be saved the trouble. If a licence was required, inexperienced people would not even think to just buy an exotic species. With people already currently owning an exotic species that they can no longer handle, their is still an option for them. Every year in florida there is a pet amnesty day in many areas where you can take your exotic species to give up, no questions asked.