People can’t quite seem to grasp the concept that whaling is just not okay. Anti-whaling activism has a short history compared to other forms of activism and environmental awareness. Early members of environmental organizations began protesting whale hunts around the world in the 20th century. Greenpeace doesn’t believe in violent acts of protest where as my team the Sea Shepherd conservation believes whaling has gotten to such a point that violent outbursts need to be taken to bring awareness.
Countries such as Japan and Iceland are illegally killing hundreds of whales a year. There is still much to be learned about these beautiful creatures, but one thing is for sure: whaling without regulation will result in the extinction of many whale species. Whales are one of the most mysterious creatures in the ocean and it is sad to think of a world without them. Before we decide that whaling is completely evil and should be stopped immediately, one must remember that aboriginal
We can 't be certain that whale populations can survive large-scale hunting as well as the other daily threats they face. Ban or no ban, whaling remains inhumane and whales are unsuitable for use by humans in this way.” On The Nature Publishing Group they say that “ Major disadvantages of whaling include the potential extinction of some whale species, the unsafe levels of mercury that whale meat can contain and the potential harm to ecosystems that removing whales can cause. In addition, whale watching is a lucrative business in many parts of the world, and whaling could have an impact on that activity.
While in Moby Dick the whale is portrayed as evil, Chillingworth is the evil one in The Scarlet Letter. Captain Ahab spends his life attempting to rid the world of the whale. When he gets the chance to kill Moby Dick, he uses human blood on the harpoon and chants prayers in latin. The chants baptize the whale to rid it of its sins. Chillingworth in The Scarlet Letter is unsatisfied by Hester’s punishments.
Likewise, banning this hunt would eliminate the traditional ways of life set hundreds of years back to the rural inhabitants. For them , this hunt is a vital way to endure survival physically and economically. Finally, seal hunting is done in a humane, regulated manner despite much of the negative influence shown to mislead the public about this hunt. Many are not aware, but seals are overpopulated enough already.
Norway acts in a much more humane way than the fisherman of Taiji. Norway has had a long tradition of whaling and using whale meat for food and blubber for oil, especially in harsh, cold northern regions. Norwegian fishermen patrol their waters with explosive harpoons that kill most whale instantaneously. The Taiji fishermen on the other hand unnecessarily slay thousands of dolphins by bombarding them with agonizingly loud noises. These sounds panic the adults and babies alike and forces them to be driven to the shore where they are promptly slaughtered.
In the film Blackfish by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the scene in which Seaworld trainer Kenneth Peters, almost died when he was repeatedly pulled and dragged under the water by the killer whale kasatka, was by the most breathtaking and disturbing footage presented throughout the film. Based on this scene, the director is arguing that the captivity of Killer whales is inhumane, because the emotions humans contain and express are equivalent or inferior to those of animals, which can lead to extreme mental instability. Similarly Mark twain also touches upon the ideas of animals being equal or superior towards humans in “The Lowest Animal”. Furthermore, Twain brilliantly and satirically describes the animal kingdom and the placement of humans on it. He argues that Animals are the lower species when he states that “ the higher animals have no religion.
She also noted that whales will act noticeably different with certain people (Lee). However these are still wild animals and are completely unpredictable. People all over are now protesting that the whales be out of captivity or at least stop having shows. Protest have been a contributing factor for ending the shows around the globe. Joel Manby, chief executive of SeaWorld is finally starting to listen.
Entertainment, Profit, and Educational Effects of Seaworld Although, as “Blackfish” states, the way that Seaworld is imprisoning orcas to use for entertainment and profit is harmful, studying the orcas for education is a reasonable activity, but only in their natural habitat. The organization, Seaworld, is holding and training whales to put on shows for the entertainment of their guests and the profit for themselves. Seaworld holding orcas is harmful to both the trainers and the whales in many ways. They also tend to use them for the education of and advancement for society.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about Hester and her sin, as the novel goes on you find out Roger Chillingworth was her husband and he finds out who the father of Hester’s baby is, Arthur Dimmesdale. Moby Dick by Herman Melville is about Ishmael and his journey on a whaling ship and an obsessive captain, captain Ahab, who only wants revenge on the whale that took his leg, Moby Dick. Roger Chillingworth and Captain Ahab are both evil characters with many similarities. Roger Chillingworth is obsessed with Arthur Dimmesdale, the father father of pearl. Chillingworth goes to Arthur Dimmesdale and tells him he can help him with his sickness.
Killer whales have no choice but to perform all day. “In his first home, Sealand in British Columbia, he was trained with other whales using punishment: if he mess up a trick, they’d all have their food withheld” (Lewis Helen). Other killer whales began a strong dislike at this and would scratch them with their teeth so hard he would bleed. They are forced to do tricks for people and they get frustrated because there enclosures are nothing compared to the wild.
They use footage from different sources, showing trainers in the pool with the orcas and on the background a 911 call plays while these scenes are shown. Here Blackfish is raising the audience’s tension to believe that was the moment of that trainer’s demise. Various former SeaWorld trainers are then interviewed, and say the incidents with the trainers happened due to the aggressive behavior of the whales trying to harm the trainers. Dr. Dave Duffus also states that these attacks were a cause of the rigorous training the whales go through, making them aggressive towards the trainers. On SeaWorld’s response they state that these events were accidents, and that the cause of death was not due to the whales, but because of the trainers’ negligence.
SeaWorld has been in the spotlight for several years now. Whether it is negative or positive publicity, someone is talking about SeaWorld; from the new animal births at their facility, killer whales attacking their trainer and the sudden unexplainable deaths of many of their animals. In 2013 the documentary “Blackfish” explained how SeaWorld’s animals and staff are really treated. Since the release of Blackfish, SeaWorld’s image and attendance has gone down the drain. SeaWorld San Diego’s attendance is down 12% and SeaWorld Orlando is down 8% (Weisberg, 2015).
How can anyone look at the whale crying and think that is morality because it is not. Whale ate one of the trainers. Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of 3 individuals, including a top killer whale trainer, Dawn Brancheau. Blackfish shows the devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity. They knew Tilikum was dangerous because in his profile information it states, “Sometimes lunging toward control trainer” 70 plus killer whale trainer accidents but no one talks about them.