SeaWorld claims to educate their guests about the animals that live inside their aquariums, but Blackfish, an 83 minute documentary, has taught people more about killer whales than SeaWorld has in 40 years of exploitation.
Here are just five reasons why Blackfish is more educational than SeaWorld:
1. SeaWorld teaches that we have the right to keep animals in captivity – SeaWorld, along with zoos and aquariums, teach the public that we have the right to keep animals in captivity for our amusement. As hard as they try to make us believe that their visitors leave with a greater appreciation of the sea and marine life, with the help of documentaries like Blackfish more and more people are waking up to the truth, which is that real education comes from learning about the natural lives of animals in the wild.
2. SeaWorld pushes misinformation to cover up devastating facts – When you watch Blackfish, you will see that any form of education one would receive from a trip to SeaWorld is questionable at best. Some of the most common lies that they tell their guests include orcas in the wild don’t live as long as orcas in captivity, that collapsed dorsal fins are a common occurrence in the wild, and that their animals perform tricks simply because they enjoy doing so, not because they are forced.
3. SeaWorld breaks up families, leaving them in despair - SeaWorld claims that they do not separate killer whale moms and calves, but that’s a lie and they know it. David Kirby, author of “Death at SeaWorld,” writes extensively on the topic, bringing to light the painful and interrupted lives that young whales are forced to lead at the hands of SeaWorld.
They state that “on the rare occasion that a mother killer whale cannot care for the calf herself, we have successfully hand raised and reintroduced the calf,” but most killer whales under the care of SeaWorld are shipped all over the world and never reunited with their mothers. Blackfish shows us how these sentient beings react when their family are taken from them. From the cries of the mother and calf, to the mental anguish and depression, it’s not hard to see that families belong together.
4. SeaWorld denies animals their natural instincts, causing physical and psychological damage – Whales and dolphins who often swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild are confined to minuscule tanks that will never provide the stimulation that these animals need; as a result, they display depressive and aggressive behaviors towards each other and their trainers.
SeaWorld states that this swimming is not integral to their health and wellbeing and that “they adapt very well to life in a zoological setting.” If that’s the case, why when viewing Blackfish do we see the exact opposite of these claims? All the money in the world cannot build oceans or repair the damage that SeaWorld has inflicted on these creatures.
5. SeaWorld doesn’t inspire people to make a difference, Blackfish does – How many people walk away after being splashed by Shamu, one of SeaWorld’s star orcas, feeling inspired to go out into the world and make a difference in the conservation and protection of these magnificent creatures?
Compare that to the number of people that watched Blackfish and starting taking immediate action to spread the word, sign petitions, protest and share the truth about what life is really like for animals in captivity and it’s pretty clear who has made the biggest impact.
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