After watching the engrossing and heartbreaking documentary, Blackfish, I am ashamed to say I’ve been a part of this cruel culture. I remember as a child, going to SeaWorld and sitting in the stadium of concrete steps. I remember squealing as I was splashed with a big wave of water created by an Orca whale. With the innocence and ignorance of a three or four-year-old child, I had no idea just how wrong this show was. Watching it seemed fun and harmless, but since growing up and being interested in animal rights and after watching the documentary, I know that the behind-the-scenes of SeaWorld and its history is completely unmoral.
It is sickening to watch such intelligent creatures being held in captivity. There is nowhere they should be except in the wild with their family, living the life they were meant to live. Humans have no right to mess with what nature intended. If the orcas were never taken out of their natural habitat, the injuries and deaths of their trainers would have never happened. That is a fact that a PR team can in no way sugarcoat.
I find myself in outrage with the fact that no matter how many people have spread the word, SeaWorld continues to function. This multi-million theme park company is making money through inhumane exploitation of animals that are way more complex than they realize.
I’m asking everyone who reads this to please watch the documentary of Blackfish, do some research of your own, and most importantly, do not support SeaWorld. Do not take your children there. Introducing a child to such a covered-up, brutish way to make money will only contribute to foolishness. With the knowledge of what captivity means for these remarkable animals, I encourage everyone to educate their children, family and friends the right way so that in the future, animals will be respected, and as a society we can hold superior morals.
The documentary Blackfish is available on Netflix, or you can rent or purchase it on YouTube. Watch the documentary preview here. I could go into detail and type out the heartbreaking scenes of the whales being separated from their family and the attacks on the trainers, but this is something you need to see for yourself. Trust me…just watch it.
If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little psychotic? -Jane Velez-Mitchell