The death toll at SeaWorld continues to rise as another captive orca dies unexpectedly at the park.
Kalina, a 25-year-old orca at SeaWorld Orlando, died suddenly of unknown causes two weeks ago. She is the fourth orca to die at a SeaWorld park in the past four months. In addition to Kalina, a male named Sumar died in September, and a pregnant female died while giving birth to a stillborn calf at the beginning of the summer.
Kalina was showing no signs of illness the day before her death, and died within hours of anyone noticing that she appeared in bad health. SeaWorld hasn’t released necropsy reports, but denies the conditions at the park are responsible for her death.
Orcas aren’t the only ones dying at SeaWorld parks. Orcas have killed trainers, as well as park trespassers foolish enough to climb into their tanks. Aggressive, violent behavior from a huge animal confined to a tiny chlorinated tank should not shock anyone. We as humans are incapable of understanding the frustration and stress these animals are under.
With the deaths of so many animals and humans over the past two and a half decades, you’d think SeaWorld would be coming to realize that not only is their enterprise inherently cruel and distasteful, but dangerous. But they aren’t.
SeaWorld continues its blanket denials of a connection between the recent deaths and continues to insist the orcas live in a man-made paradise. This is typical of zoos and circuses that exploit animals for human entertainment. To keep their customers pacified and supportive they assert their animals are pampered and well cared for, despite all evidence to the contrary.
SeaWorld’s history with orcas for the past 25 years is full of incidents like this. Twenty-four orcas have died in the past 25 years in addition to a handful of human deaths. SeaWorld has not been legally able to capture orcas in the wild since the early 70s when it used airplanes and explosives in one of its hunts.
Customers who pay admission to SeaWorld parks should know they are giving their money to a company that used explosives to capture wild animals until they had their license revoked. Customers should know that animals bred at, bought by, or loaned to SeaWorld parks are confined in tanks filled with chemically-treated water and fed an artificial diet. They are enormous intelligent animals with tight family bonds who are born with the instincts to roam free in open waters.
Every aspect of an animal’s existence at SeaWorld is stressful, frustrating, and unhealthy and it’s evidenced by the fact that all these animals are dying at half the age they would live to be in the wild. Despite the denials by SeaWorld executives and employees, the conditions in the parks themselves are what are killing these animals.
Animals do not exist for our entertainment any more than they exist for our consumption. Go vegan and boycott zoos, circuses, and all other industries that profit from animal exploitation.
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