OK Orca lovers…. This is something that shouldn’t need to be said.
I got a question. We’ve all probably seen Blackfish by now. The story of about really one mean whale and a few others, and it showed us that while they are in captivity, their lives suck. Now if you needed to see a movie, or jump on the pop culture band wagon to realize this, give your head a shake. While I’ll agree it’s cruel and shouldn’t happen, I as a child did see them several times in various locations. Even had a girl get kissed by one! And now I have a huge respect for them! By seeing their plight, it makes it easy to understand. They are no different than an elephant, zebra or tiger in a zoo. So this movement could be about anything in captivity.
That being said. Boycott Marineland, Seaworld and the rest. But what about the whales, and other aquatic life there? Again, this shouldn’t need to be explained, but they sell admission to see all the creatures, which makes them money, and allows them to feed and house them, even if it not up to anyone’s standards. They train them to do tricks, so you’ll be entertained, and maybe get a better understanding about them.
Boycotting them means they won’t have enough money to feed them, or clean the tanks. So boycotting them only hurts the creatures. So your taking the last piece of a crappy life from them, and making it worse! Sure, their stocks will fall, the fat cats in the ivory tower will make a bit less. Probably not though. You really think they won’t just lay off workers? If they are the evil bastards that their made out as, will they take the hit, or just start feeding the whales stray cats instead of fish and vitamins? Think about it! Or do you think they can just pop em back in the ocean? Dead in a week.
The answer? I’m not sure. Maybe get Sea Shepperd to stop with their heroic smash-em crash-em antics and spend some money lobbing government to pass a law stating no more Orcas, or anything can be captured for…..anything! If the whales in captivity all die, so be it, no more whale shows. But I’m sure they will get the whole breeding in captivity thing down pat by the time that happens.
Yea it sucks. But they are there. They are staying there, or will be dead.