SeaWorld of Hurt
Where happiness tanks
SeaWorld deserves to be shut down
The mistreatment of animals at SeaWorld is unacceptable and should cease to occur. SeaWorld is guilty of innapropriate containment of animals who should not be confined to a concrete pool. This type of treatment has caused animals to lash out and injure employees and tourists, some resulting in death.
Seaworld's parking lot is larger than their orca tanks.
This is photographic evidence that the orca enclosure is too limited.
Trainers have been killed by orca outrage.
There are no records of humans being injured by orcas in the wild
There is one incidence where a boy was bumped by an orca while swimming in the orca's natural habitat, but the boy was not injured in any way. There have been several nonfatal, and a few fatal accidents with animals living in captivity at SeaWorld. On February 24th, 2010, Dawn Brancheau was interacting with the largest whale in captivity, Tilikum, who weighs in at 12,500 pounds, and is over 22 feet in length. Brancheau had not given Tilikum a treat after he performed a trick incorrectly, and the giant whale lashed out at her for taking away his food. Brancheau was dragged to the bottom of the isolation tank and was murdered by Tilikum.
some argue that seaworld is a place of enjoyment
Families gather from all over the country to see the assortment of fish and mammals that SeaWorld has gathered over the years. Parents argue that their children love the animals, and they think that SeaWorld is helping it's inhabitants. Although SeaWorld is a happy place for humans, animals are constantly in pain and agony from living in a concrete prison. Living in a tank can also have physical effects on the animals. For instance, an orca living in the wild normally has a straight dorsal fin. Due to the lack of natural waves and large areas of water to swim through, orcas living in captivity have a collapsed dorsal fin.
The documentary Blackfish explains the secrets hidden beneath Seaworld's coat of lies
Blackfish Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary Movie HD
SeaWorld should be shut down due to it's mistreatment of animals, trainers, and visitors. Each day, lies are being fed to the tourists who come to see the inhabitants of Seaworld. Visitors see happy animals performing tricks meant to woo the audience members. Even the trainers are unaware of the secrets that SeaWorld has tried to protect for so long. Animals kept in captivity have become defensive and destructive, injuring, or even killing, visitors and trainers alike. An article that CNN's reporter, John Couwels, published in 2010 after the murder of Dawn Brancheau states, "A killer whale killed a trainer Wednesday afternoon at SeaWorld's Shamu stadium in Orlando, Florida," (SeaWorld Trainer Killed by Killer Whale CNN). There are no human injuries or fatalities recorded from orcas in the wild, but multiple visitors and trainers have been harmed. Not only is SeaWorld hurting it's animals and inhabitants, it is also putting innocent people in danger. After Brancheau was murdered, SeaWorld persisted that it was a 'trainer error', but it was actually the result of animals being confined to a concrete tank. Orcas living in the wild have a lifespan of 30-50 years, but Orcas living in captivity have a lifespan of 9 years. SeaWorld is shortening the lifespan of Orcas by over 20 years, and yet people still support the captivity of animals who should be swimming freely through the ocean. SeaWorld should be required to release all of it's animals to the wild, or to a sea pen, the unlawful containment of mammals and fish should not be tolerated.