After 25 years at SeaWorld Tilikum started to show an abnormal and repetitive behavior where he would chew on metal gates and on the concrete sides of the tanks which has caused his teeth to warn down. The stress of being in captivity has also caused him to be aggressive towards humans and because of that there have been 3 death: One being Keltie Byrne in 1991, the second attack was to Daniel P. Dukes in 1999 and the most resent one the death of Dawn Brancheau in 2010. In my opinion the death of Dawn has been the most famous in SeaWorld because there is more information about her death than the others and also is the most recent death at SeaWorld. According to the documentary "BlackFish" Dawn died when Tilikum grabbed a hold of her upper arm and pulling her underwater while he was doing that he dismembered her and broke most of her bone then he
Since the display of captive whales has begun, one hundred and fifty-four people have either been injured or killed by a whale attack (Jacobs). For instance, Dawn Brancheau was killed by the tix ton bull orca whale, Tilikum (”Should Orcas Be Kept in Captivity?”). Tilikum was separated from his mother when he was two years old and had been moved from park to park his entire life. The separation issues from losing his mother and never having a true home had an immense physiological effect on Tilikum that caused him to lash out and kill one of the most experienced trainers at Sea World. Another instance of a deadly killer whale attack happened in Spain.
In 2013, Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the documentary Blackfish. This documentary is about Tilikum, an orca from SeaWorld that has taken the lives of many trainers. The documentary makes the claim that orcas should be freed from captivity. While in captivity they are causing harm to both themselves, humans, and the other orcas. Blackfish is a great example of an argument that can be rhetorically analyzed because it has pathos, ethos, and logos.
Why is that? Other’s imagine animals in a cramped cage as they are treated poorly, but that is not the case. Zoos had existed for a while and they have been helping animals ever since. Zoos should not be illegal because it keeps all animals safe and well fed, is very educational for kids, and prevents animals from extinction. People who oppose zoos think that it is cruel towards animals.
Parks claim that conservation is the main reason they are open, but nearly half of all organizations spend 1% of their revenues in conservation (Zoos Hurt Conservation). So what does that really say about zoos and sea-parks? Ultimately, zoos and sea-parks should be banned. The limited space given to animals is not enough for any of them, it is like being imprisoned. The enclosures lack plenty of the nature found in wildlife.
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
However large animals are confined in small spaces when kept in captivity for circuses. With little to none movement, a large elephant is forced into a narrow cage. "The animals, most of whom are quite large and naturally active, are forced to spend most of their lives in the cramped, barren cages and trailers used to transport them, where they have only enough room to stand and turn around" ("Circuses: Three Rings of Abuse"). As humans, the fear of claustrophobia is accepted and respected by many, but for animals used in programs, these fears have become a reality. In an attempt to create a captivating show, several animals are forced to live a life of pain and fear.
And although there are benefits for animals in captivity, it could also be very bad for them. Zoos can be like prisons for the animals inside them, also living in a zoo could restrict natural behaviors that an animal would usually need, and also animal habitats have gotten destroyed and as a result, people put the surviving animals in zoos when in fact there is a much better alternative. Zoos can be like a prison for animals. In the article “Do Animals Loose in Zoos?” it references that a zoo is like a prison for an animal, and that is the truth. Animals need room to soar and run and play around and instead they are kept in a cage all day and aren’t given a lot of room to move and play around as they would please.
On the other hand, some people argue that animals should be kept in zoos but put yourself in their shoes, how would you like it if you got taken from your habitat and family and got put in a cage, locked up where all you do is stare back into the eyes watching your every move. Zoo animals are big, exotic and beautiful but what many forget is that they are still wild. Wild animals are called “wild” animals for a reason. If wild animals
Zoos might help with protecting these endangered animals, but it turns their mind into something else. When animals get moved into these small spaces and caged to be viewed by hundreds of people, that might drive them a little mad. Even though zoos try to give animals enough room to roam, fly, run, climb and swim, It doesn’t seem to be enough. Due to this, many larger animals have been seen not behaving as they would in their natural environment. Making their natural instincts become suppressed and even forgot over time.