Keltie was the first to be killed by Tilikum's stress and frustration. After Byrne death they closed down SeaLand and put Tilikum for sale. SeaWorld purchased him for their breeding program. The 54% of the Orcas at SeaWorld have Tilikums DNA.
They say that the population of Loggerheads is going to far up but just wait. In a few years Loggerhead Turtles can become extinct if we don’t act fast. They are almost endangered but not yet. Many people are killing turtles for money. That is not cool because this may kill the population and do you want to be known as the man who killed the rest of the Loggerhead's.
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. In the documentary Blackfish an Orca researcher named Howard Garrett described how the whales tried to prevent their young from being captured.
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. Other people might say it might non’t affect it
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. Frequently animals become mentally disturbed, frustrated,
Alligators who stay in the slaughterhouse are mentally unstable (Slaughtered and Skinned). Many show signs of stress by fighting with other alligators. Others pile on top of one another which is another sign. All of these things are what is causing the alligator population to go down. Alligators should be wild, free animals who should not be worrying about what is going on around them.
One example is that some animals can get a disease called zoochosis and it is shocking what zoos will do when trying to hide it. For instance, “As Dr Keith Lindsay, a biologist with more than 30 years of experience in elephant research and conservation, has said, these are symptoms of “pathological, stereotypical behaviour that is common with disturbed animals in captivity, but which is never seen in the wild”. There are also cases of animals being given antidepressants to hide their unhappiness from visitors. In 2015 Auckland Zoo euthanised a gibbon, Iwani, because he was “severely depressed” and the zoo admitted they could not meet his welfare needs. ”(An unnatural environment)This is significant because it shows that when zoos commit wrongs and take problems into their own hands it most often ends up worse.
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
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.
Blackfish is a documentary that came out July 19, 2013. This documentary describes the conditions of orca whales at seaworld. It was filmed in a point of view that shows that seaworld is harmful to orca whales and that the whales suffer from being kept in captivity. After this came out, Seaworld wrote an article saying that Blackfish is propaganda, not an actual documentary. Seaworld claims that they are beneficial for orca whales because they perform research that benefit whales in the wild.
Aside from the otters, dolphins, and seals there are Shamus that are being taken out of their natural habitats. When this happens it causes unnecessary mental stress which can cause deaths of Shamus or trainers. For example, a notorious Shamu named Tilikum just recently died in captivity January 6, 2017. Tilikum was involved in the death of three people: a trainer at the now-defunct Sealand of the Pacific, a man trespassing in SeaWorld Orlando, and a Seaworld Orlando trainer. This is what happens when animals are held in a small confined area.
Whales Aren’t Pets There are a few breeds of whales that have been kept in captivity for too long. Many of their lives started in captivity and they are unable to make the transition back to their natural habitat. Some of them are kept in captivity because of injuries, for research, and even for entertainment. Whatever the reason for their captivity, they aren’t meant to be captive.