SeaWorld Has Lost Its Compassion – It is Up to You to Help (Video)

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In the wild, these orcas would be living in family based groups, culturally adapted to manage aggression and conflict.  At SeaWorld however, young whales are torn from their mothers and throughout their lives they are moved from place to place, group to group, and are mixed in with others that don’t use the same dialects in communication.  This results in relentless stress, requiring over-management by amusement parks as the orcas break their teeth on the metal bars separating their enclosures, or try to swim over the concrete walls to get at each other in some cases.  In other cases – lonely, frightened or battered – they just want to be with their family members.
SeaWorld’s solution to the swim-overs by the whales is to embed bolts into the tops of the walls, gentler but similar in effect to the razor wire put on fences or the broken glass embedded in the high walls that surround estates in some parts of the world. They seem determined to dismiss the concept that Nakai could have been bitten by another whale, yet experts think this is a real possibility.

Equivalent to orca captivity.

By using carnival tricks such as distraction and loud music, amusement parks count on the visitors to be gullible – fooled into thinking the whales are happy and that this kind of abuse is in anyway acceptable.  But if you strip away the smoke and mirrors and imagine instead of water filled pools that you see the reality – cement pits – what animals would the public tolerate watching in that circumstance?  Elephants running around the concrete cage doing tricks for peanuts?  Gorillas?  Even horses?  Absolutely not.
The truth is, because we can’t hear them crying or see tears, because their faces don’t show their emotions, people believe that whales and dolphins don’t have emotions, but science has proven otherwise.  We need to take the blinders off and face the cruelty that captivity causes in the name of entertainment.
People are helping – PETA is calling for a boycott of SeaWorld’s San Diego park on Wednesday, October 3rd 2012, and has requested an investigation into young Nakai’s injury.
The experts working to help captive orcas are surprisingly approachable and take time to communicate with anyone seeking more information. David Kirby, author of  “Death at SeaWorld” will be on Anderson Cooper 360 tonight (10/2/12) talking about his book and will no doubt address SeaWorld’s orca management as well.  He will be available for book signings on the east coast this month (please see his FaceBook page for the schedule).  His Orlando presentation will include experts Humane Society Senior Scientist Dr. Naomi A. Rose, and Colleen Gorman of The Orca Project, who will be able to answer your questions if you are able to attend.
The whales can't speak, they are relying on you to see past the hype and recognize their plight.

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