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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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Intro to Rodeos

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Rodeos are seen as a family and American event but are also a barbaric way to provide entertainment. The animals used in rodeos are subjected to high stress levels, pain, and poor treatment. While they are constantly traveling, the animals are not kept in properly ventilated vehicles, and they are not given much food or water while traveling. Here is what goes on in rodeos:

  • Bucking/Bull Riding- This is an event in which a rider tries to stay on a bull or horse for around eight seconds. The animals are motivated to behave roughly because people put bucking straps on them. Bucking straps are straps that fit around the abdomen and groin to irritate it. They use electric cattle prods, which apply a painful shock to the cattle, stimulating movement. They also use spurs to aggravate it.

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Bull Riding

  • Calf Roping- In calf roping, a calf is released from a chute and chased by a person riding a horse. The rider lassos the calf by the neck, abruptly stopping it and jerking it back. Then the rider gets off his horse and throws the calf onto the ground and ties up its legs. When the calves are being chased, they can reach up to 30 mph. Because they are running so fast when they’re lassoed, the rope can snap with such force that it’ll yank the calf off it’s feet, into the air resulting in neck injury and possible death. Also, sometimes the calves are abused in the chute before they’re released making them terrified. That’s why they run so fast.

Calf Roping

Calf Roping

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  • Steer Wrestling- In steer wrestling, a steer is chased by two riders on horses. One of the riders keeps the steer running in a straight line so the other rider can leap from his horse, grab the steer by the horns, and twist its neck until it falls to the ground. This is very dangerous for the animal and can seriously injure the neck.

Steer Wrestling

Steer Wrestling

I don’t understand why people can’t just leave these poor animals alone…

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Can You See What’s Wrong with This?

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Intro to Bullfighting

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Bullfighting is still legally practiced in Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and parts of France. In bullfighting, a bull is forced into a public arena and taunted by a matador with a cape. Then men on horses throw lances into the bull’s back and neck muscles, so the bull cannot lift his head. They twist and gouge the lances to make sure there is a significant amount of blood loss to weaken the bull. Then it is distracted and stabbed with brightly colored darts. The men run the bull in more circles until he becomes dizzy and stops chasing. Finally the matador appears and uses his cape and sword to provoke a few exhausted charges from the dying animal, and then tries to deliver the deathblow with his sword. In bullfights the bull always dies at the end. It is either killed by the matador or slaughtered if it survives.

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All of these cruel practices, and for what? Humans actually get entertainment from an animal suffering. Surely there can be a better way to entertain people that doesn’t involve torturing and killing innocent animals.

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