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 that were captured and brought into captivity were separated from their pods. Pods are the group of orcas that an orca will travel with for the entirety of their lives. The only time that these orcas would leave their pods was to breed (Henn). When orcas began getting captured the wild the pods began to catch on.
Zoos do not educate nor do they empower or inspire children to become conservationists”(Jenson E.). This proves to be significant because although some say zoos are educational they prove of no worth to the amount of information we as humans obtain. Also when children see how these animals were taken out of their natural habitats and put in synthetic homes it can damage the kids. For instance, there have been cases of bacterial infections that could possibly put the children and adult sin danger. On example of this is e. coli bacteria which can be found in some reptiles areas in the zoo.
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 experienced whale, and when he would not perform the trick correctly the workers wouldn’t allow them to eat. This caused the other experienced whale to become frustrated with Tilikum and she would rake her teeth across his body, forming many scars.
Freeing Willy: A Rhetorical Analysis on Blackfish the Documentary The documentary film Blackfish, by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, is a daring venture, which claims that orcas in captivity become dangerous to human beings, as well as to other orcas. Cowperthwaite points to SeaWorld, in particular, since this world-renowned tourist attraction has had many examples that support her claim. In producing this film, Cowperthwaite hopes to bring about an end to SeaWorld’s practice of using killer whales as performance animals since the limited environment is ultimately doing more harm than good for both the whales and their trainers. The purpose of this rhetorical analysis will be to determine whether Blackfish offers a compelling argument. To begin with,
The Reflection Paper on the “Sharkwater” The Sharkwater is a documentary created by Rob Stewart in 2006. The movie raises an important question about the survival of sharks, one of the most ancient creatures on the planet. It makes people look on these creatures from different point of view. I cannot say I treated sharks only like monstrous characters from films like Jaws or Sharknado before I saw this documentary. But it made to think more about the fate of these animals.
In the article “Do You Really Want a Baby Tiger?”, the author states “A wild animal is never 100 percent predictable. An animal that has behaved one way for many years cannot suddenly change. Domestication is not something that happens in one or two generations: it takes hundreds or thousands of years (Lewis).” Exotic pets have a specific environment and climate that they are supposed to adapt to instead of living as a caged animal inside of someone’s home. Many may argue that exotic animals should be allowed as pet because people find them controllable when they are immature. According to “Do You Really Want a Baby Tiger?”, “Most people who own exotic pets find them irresistible-and manageable-when they are small (Lewis).” However, soon enough an adorable cub becomes a powerful adult.
The island was becoming to grow to big financially for its own good, hence why Jaws came. Jaws was there to give the mayor the idea that money is not everything. Human lives are not worth the extra green and by the end of the movie the mayor got the message and spent more money to send Sam Quint off to capture the shark. Also if anyone had found out that the mayor had been harboring knowledge that an aggressive shark was present but did not do anything about it, he could have lost his job or maybe sued. Either way he took off more than he could chew and deserved all
During the winter, crayfish go to the nether levels of the water, but will come back to the shores during the warmer summer months. “Unfortunately,” says Dr. Sudeep Chandra, a biology professor at the University of Nevada in Reno, “getting rid of the crayfish completely is nearly impossible with our current techniques”. Traps have been used to try and catch some of the crayfish, but nevertheless, only limited amounts have been captured. There have been experiments to find a deterrent for the crayfish. Although some have been discovered, they are too virulent to use near other species.
The reason for the controversy is the possible harm involved. The people involved and uninvolved with this form of therapy for the most part have very different opinions. Many parents look to dolphin therapy as a last resort for their child because it is very expensive. The families of patients mostly say that their relative benefitted from it and that the dolphins seemed to be in a happy healthy environment. One woman wrote,” My autistic cousin benefited greatly from it.
To begin lets remember that this are wild animal that can easily kill a human, they are not safe and the people that work with them shouldn’t discuss about individuals passing away, they where the ones who select to work with the creatures. In captivity they will usually have been separated from their families, often in cruel hunts and some when they are very young. Wild whales can swim up to 100 miles a day, hunting and playing. This important because the mental, emotional and physical stress that a captive whale suffers can weaken their immune system and make them prone to disease. Even though captive whales and dolphins are kept in an environment free of predators, pollution and other threats, they die young.
Tilikum was not the only orca mentioned in the documentary but since he is well known (because of SeaWorld) caught they eye of many. Former Sealand trainers interviewed say that the park’s female killer whales would aggressively gang up on Tilikum especially when they were confined in a 20-foot-by- 30-foot pool overnight (Halverstadt). Aggressive behaviors has led to three deaths by Tilikum. Many say that this behavior comes from a aggressive side of Tilikum that is a side that doesn’t want to hurt anyone but has such a anger because he is being held captive.To be taken out of your water and away from your normal everyday living is very disturbing but what causes lots of emotions to go up is when we see that orcas are getting separated from other orcas they have lived with their entire lives or even birthed. The story that made it around the world and back, caused quite the controversy about whether orcas should be putting on shows was the senior SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau.