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Captive Whales Demonstrate Society’s Lack of Morals

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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.

Dawn Brancheau, a whale trainer at SeaWorld Adventure Park, shown performing on December 30, 2005, was killed in an accident with a killer whale.

Dawn Brancheau, a whale trainer at SeaWorld Adventure Park, shown performing on December 30, 2005, was killed in an accident with a killer whale.

If you were in a bathtub for 25 years, don’t you think you’d get a little psychotic? -Jane Velez-Mitchell

Tilikum in isolation after killing his trainer.

Tilikum in isolation after killing his trainer.

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Words of Wisdom from Dalai Lama

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Intro to Dog Fighting

Dog fights

Dog fighting is considered one of the most serious forms of animal abuse. It is a contest in which dogs are placed in pit and forced to fight until they can’t continue because of the pain and injury inflicted. This is a contest used for the spectator’s entertainment and gambling. Most spectators have gambling problems and can make huge profit.

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Many injuries occur during fights, which are both severe and fatal. By the end of a fight, the dogs usually have massive bleeding, ruptured lungs, broken bones, and other life threatening injuries. The instinct to fight is bred into these dogs. (In my research I read a convicted dogfighter’s description of a fight and he said that the dog spent most of the fight on her back and broke her front leg high up in the shoulder, as well as one of her back legs, in the knee joint. The only leg she didn’t break she chewed up completely. The other dog literally scalped her, tearing a big chunk of skin off the top of her head.) Usually the loser of the match dies or is killed inhumanely. And the surviving dog does not see a veterinarian.

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The dogs have very bad living conditions. They spend most of their life in a crate, only being let out to train. “Dogs who are used for fighting are usually kept penned or chained (often with heavy logging chains), and many are taunted and starved in order to trigger extreme survival instincts and encourage aggression.

Dog Chained to Barrel

Dog fighting is a felony offense. It is illegal to own or train a dog for fighting and cause a dog to injure or kill another dog in a preplanned fight. In most states it is illegal to be a spectator. The law is enforced. The punishment can be up to three years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

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Those Cruel to Animals Cannot be Good

Care for Animals

 

I strongly believe that the way a person treats animals reflects their character and says a lot about their morals and intelligence.

What do you think?

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Animal Rights Survey Results

Thank you to everyone who completed the Veiled Life’s animal rights survey! The main purpose of this survey was to get an idea of what The Veiled Life’s followers’ opinions are on animal rights.  Twenty-one people responded. Here are some of the results:

Respondents were asked if they believed that animals should have rights.

Rights

Respondents were asked if they believed animals are equal to humans. (A lot of thought goes into this one.)

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Respondents were asked if they think it is right to use animals for entertainment such as in the zoo or circus.

Entertainment

Respondents were asked if they think it is right to use animals for fur.

Fur

Respondents were asked if they believed animals should be experimented on for scientific research such as cures for cancer.

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Respondents were asked if they would consider a meat-free diet.

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More Info:

Of the people that took the survey, 70% were female, and 30% were male. About 85% were between the ages of 18 and 24, and almost all of the respondents have completed some college education.

 

No matter what, the topics of animals rights are always up for debate, and people will always have different opinions on the matter. It’s interesting to see what people think, and perhaps after learning more about the way animals are used, they will change their opinions.

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Animal Rights Movement

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The Animal Rights Movement is a social movement that was founded around the 70s. The main purpose of the movement is to end immoral animal use and treatment and establish a legal dividing line between humans and animals. The movement has been progressing and expanding for a while and continues to gain more supporters. The ideas discussed are mostly philosophical. Some ways followers of the Animal Rights movement may take action is through advocation or boycott.

Here is a timeline of major events in the history of Animal Rights.

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Top Ten Animal Rights Issues

Today I would like to share the top ten animal rights issues based on their order on About.com.

1. Human Overpopulation

Overpopulation

The human population on Earth is above 7 billion people, according to the world population clock, and it is continuing to grow. This is a major threat to animals and the environment. The actions of humans result in taking away the rights of animals. As the population grows, humans are taking more land for themselves, destroying the natural habitats of animals in ways such as cutting down forests, building cities and roads, polluting the land, etc. Humans also take animals from their natural habitats and put them in unnatural ones such as at the zoo or on circus trains. The more people there are, the more animals are being killed for food. Species are being wiped out because of human hunting and poaching.

2. Property Status of Animals

Caged Animal

The problem is that people view animals solely as a purpose for their use. They use animals for food, clothing, experimenting, companionship and entertainment. But who’s to say that animals are human property? Many animal activists aim to give animals rights to themselves and the right to be free. Thankfully there are laws set in place to protect pets from abusive and neglectful owners.

3.  Veganism

Veganism

Veganism is when one does not eat or use any animal products. This includes items such as meat, fish, dairy, wool, leather, certain cosmetics and many more! It is surprising to learn how many products on the market involve some use or by-product of animals. Being completely vegan may require some researching on the vegan’s part to know what products to stay away from and what good recipes are. The main purpose of veganism is to reduce harm to animals/ not be a part of it. If you are interested in becoming vegan but don’t know where to start, look into a vegan meetup group!

4. Factory Farming

Factory Farm

Factory farms raise animals for the sole purpose of making a profit. Animals are forced to live in unbearable conditions and after a life of suffering are slaughtered. All of the factory farm practices in how they keep the animals from the living conditions to the methods of killing is cruel. Food industries do not care about the well-being of animals. It should be a right for all living creatures to live a life without physical and mental suffering.

5. Fish and Fishing

Salmon Farm

Fish do, in fact, feel pain.  Animal rights activists find this as a reason not to eat them. Also, overfishing is an issue. “Data indicates that the world’s supply of seafood will run out by 2048.” If the population of ocean animals reduces, that will harm the entire ecosystem and natural food chain. Fish farms, which are farms where fish are bred unnaturally, are bad for the environment because the runoff contaminates ocean water.

6. Humane Meat

Cattle

Many people believe that it’s ok or tolerate the use of animals for food, as long as they are killed humanely. Others disagree and say that no killing is humane and that it takes away all of the animals rights to life and freedom. This raises a question of how far animal rights should go. For those who can’t go without eating meat, they can at least feel better that the animal had a good life. This is a disagreement that splits animal rights activists.

7. Animal Experimentation

Animal Testing

Using live animals in experiments and testing without their permission does take away their rights. If we won’t use humans for testing because of the injury or mental harm, why is it ok to do it to other animals? To say that testing on animals can be justified by the fact that it saves humans is flawed. Not only can animals react to experiments differently from humans making the experiment less supportive, but they are creatures that have feelings and suffer the way humans do, making experimentation inhumane and very low in morality.

8. Pets

Pets

The main issue with having pets is the overpopulation. There are up to 7 million animals in animal shelters in the U.S. People keep breeding cats and dogs or buying them from pet store chains, when there’s already millions in shelters waiting for a home. Because of the overpopulation, 3 to 4 million cats and dogs are killed every year because there just isn’t enough room for them in shelters. It is very important for people to spay and neuter their pets so they are not contributing to the homeless animal crisis. Some people even say that owning animals as pets is wrong because it takes away their right to freedom and a natural life. Although this is a valid and understandable statement, society has domesticated dogs and cats so far to the point that we can’t just let companion animals free and on the loose because they will either be picked up by rescues/ dogcatchers, killed, or unable to survive on their own.

9. Hunting

Hunting

Humans have killed wild animals for pretty much all of our existence. Presently, some do it for the meat, but that is why we have farms so that we don’t have to kill our own food. Now, most people hunt for fun. It’s an activity for them. This idea proves to be immoral. To kill an animal for pleasure is simply unethical. Some proponents of hunting argue that hunting helps control the population, but it’s obvious that they’re not hunting for that reason. Non-hunters and activists will probably always question the ethics and morals of those who hunt.

10. Fur

Animals used for fur

Animals are trapped/violently killed for fur, wool, silk, and leather. There are also farms in which animals are raised in cages only to be killed for fur. The practice of using animals for fur is tormenting. Animals are either trapped in the wild, dead from the trap or suffering the pain of the trap until a trapper comes and beats them to death, or they are raised in a cage and are killed through the breaking of their neck, gassing, lethal injection, genital electrocution or anal electrocution.

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