Orcas In Captivity Essay

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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. These fascinating animals should not be kept in captivity for our entertainment or for any other profitable reasons.
Killer whales live shorter life spans when kept in captivity. On average,
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Orcas in the wild travel over 100 km, or 62 miles a day, and that is impossible to do in a tank. According to PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals), an orca must swim 1,208 laps around the perimeter of the park’s largest tank, to equal the same distance the orca would swim in one day in the ocean. A side effect being in captivity is that the orca’s dorsal fin will collapse. This mostly happens with males though it is not uncommon in females as well. A collapsed dorsal fin is a sign that the orca is sick or unhealthy. As Dr. Astrid van Ginneken stated in an interview, less than 1% of killer whales in the wild have collapsed dorsal fins, and as Katherine Ripley concludes, being kept in captivity is not the only reason why orcas have collapsed fins when kept in captivity. Leading back to the original point, captive orcas have collapsed dorsal fins because they do not have enough room to swim at their maximum speeds of up to 34 miles per hour. “At that speed, the resistance of the water could help keep the fin strong, encouraging it to stay upright.” says Katherine Ripley. The less than 1% of the orcas that have collapsed fins in the wild, are the orcas that are getting older and weaker, and can no longer reach those speeds, causing their dorsal fin to
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