SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment contributes to the death of endangered species. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment needs to be shut down. If SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is shut down, then the number of endangered sea creatures will decrease. SeaWorld exploits animal cruelty by taking innocent whales, seals, dolphins, and other sea creatures out of their natural habitat and into captivity. I am hoping to find if SeaWorld helps their animals, if they perform cruel acts to them, and the number of whales left untouched in the wild. I am also hoping to find SeaWorld’s influence on Zoo’s and farms and learn if all three captivities treat their animals similarly.
Hoyt, Erich. “Dangers to Trainers.” PBS. PBS, 1992. Web. 27 Sept. 2015.
Erich Hoyt’s, veterinarian, article “Dangers to Trainers” talks about how orca whales are wild animals and they occasionally will attack. He explains how many accidents with trainers and captive whales come from the sociological facts that the whale is unhappy and wants to be free. Some injuries are actually accidents from stunts gone wrong. Hoyt also talks about life expectancy.
Moosa, Tauriq. “Is Animal Captivity Wrong? | Big Think.” Big Think. N.p., 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 27 Sept. 2015.
This article talks about animal captivity and the wrongness and righteousness of it. Many animals in the zoo are starving and dying behind their cages. But too often, the causes of suffering tend to smudge our view of what is wrong. Animals in cages might automatically lead to us responding with sadness, but captivity might not be as awful as we think. Some animals that are endangered are being helped in captivity by keeping them alive, but others are slowly dying.
PETA. “10 Things You Didn’t Know About SeaWorld – SeaWorld of Hurt.” SeaWorld of Hurt. N.p., 2015. Web. 27 Sept. 2015.
SeaWorld of Hurt and PETA are working together to persuade Americans to discontinue their visits to SeaWorld. Their website gives mas information as to why SeaWorld is a horrible place. They talk about the dangers that SeaWorld puts the trainers and the whales through, and talks about how much better off the whales are in the wild than in captivity. Their list says SeaWorld covers their whale’s sunburn with black zinc oxide. They kidnap their whales and if killed during the capturing they are drowned. Sea World shortens their lifespan. The animals suffer from crammed, unnatural living conditions.
“Sea World Responds to Blackfish Documentary, Sea Shepherd Sets the Record Straight » EcoWatch.” EcoWatch. N.p., 23 Dec. 2013. Web. 27 Sept. 2015.
This source is an editorial about SeaWorld’s response to the documentary film Blackfish. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment is embarrassed and humiliated by this film. They preach that Blackfish is only focusing on the negative aspects of the park. SeaWorld claims they are helping their captured mammals and are raising them as if they are in the wild while providing a better home. They believe taking an animal out of its natural habitat helps lengthen their lifespan and helps provide them with a better life. Blackfish rebuts everything that Sea World has to say. Sea World says Blackfish is not a documentary, but it is propaganda.
“Free Orca.” Orca Homepage. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Sept. 2015.
The website WWW.orcahome.du shows an entire list of injured or killed humans by captive whales in SeaWorld. The list provides over 100 entries of attacks over the past 50 years. In the wild, there have been zero reports of attacks by orca whales on humans. This website also provides other information. It states that most orcas live off the oceans of Japan, the North American Pacific Northwest, Iceland, Norway, Scotland and Antarctica. There are only one spices of orca but a couple different races depending on where they live. The website talks about identification of the whales and their families. They state that male whales grow up to be about 32 feet long and 10-11 tons while females are about 28 feet long and weight about 7-8 tons. Male dorsal fins grow to be about 5 feet high and females 3 feet high, allowing for easy distinction. Males live a short life than females. This website is very informative and gives a lot of information about orca whales.