SeaWorld Issues

Fish are Friends, Not Entertainment.

Our Fight

We are fighting to end the forced breeding, painful training, unlawful captivity conditions, and the involuntary use of animals (orcas, sea lions, dolphins, etc.) as entertainment.

Legal Action

SeaWorld to Fight Bands on Breeding Killer Whales

Dayna Bochco (Vice Chairwoman of the Coastal Commission) accuses SeaWorld of, "primary cruelty," and says that they have committed multiple offenses to the California Coastal Act Policies in relation to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife manual 671. PETA director of Animal Law, Jared Goodman, says that the, "legislature require[s] the Commission to protect all resources that exist within the coastal zone, which orcas at SeaWorld plainly do." (Source)

Financial Impact

Despite the grotesque (and now documented) treatment of animals, SeaWorld is projecting a +9.54% raise in their gross profits. This will, of course, be offset by court-ordered fines concerning the maltreatment, but only by -1.39%. (Source)

Stories

Dolphins

(2008) A dolphin dies after colliding midair with another dolphin, and being forced to perform.
(2009) Dolphin died after her unborn child was miscarried.
Dolphins are herded into a cove in Japan, the good-looking ones are taken into captivity and the others are killed. (Source)

Sea Lions

(2003) Six baby sea lions are sent to their death as detectors in dangerous mining missions.

(2005) Sea lion was overheated and killed during transportation.

(2006) SeaWorld was cited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as 15 sea lions were kept in enclosures that didn't meet even the minimal standards.

Moby Doll (1964)

Murray A. Newman hired Samuel Burich to find a whale, kill it, and bring it back to make a model. When Burich was unsuccessful, they took the whale, separating it from its family, and put it into captivity. Named Moby Doll, the whale dies 87 days later in captivity due to lack of food and skin disease. This was the second killer whale ever to be taken into captivity and shown in an aquatic exhibit. (Source)

Namu (1965)

Namu was caught in a net and brought into captivity along the shores of British Colombia. He becomes a show for the public, and a song and movie are based off of him. Namu eats only 375 pounds of a dead-fish-only diet, only 5% of his total body weight. Spectators begin to issue reports concerning, "loud, strident screams" coming from his cage. After an agonizing eleven months of captivity, Namu dies of polluted water. (Source)

Lolita (1970)

Lolita is trapped during an illegal roundup at Penn Cove, Washington. Several whales die on shore, their bellies slit open due to chains digging into their flesh. Lolita is taking into captivity and is still performing at SeaWorld (Miami location), though people are attempting his rescue. (Source)

For more information concerning Lolita, email Carl Dortch.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you associated with "The Black Fish?"

Though we are trying to achieve the same outcome as "The Black Fish," we are not directly associated with them. The Black Fish is an organization that is intended to "end industrial overfishing of the oceans," and to "empower citizens to become more actively engaged in more conservation-based environments." Although we agree with this, we are more focused on the lack of awareness of animal cruelty that takes place at SeaWorld.

How are you raising awareness and getting people to care?

Amongst the four working on this project (see Contact Information) over 100 people have taken the pledge to recognize animal cruelty and put a stop to it, however they can. They have also pledged to inform others. We have also created a Twitter account (also located in Contact Information). Over two weeks, we have gained almost thirty followers who agreed to our pledges, and have vowed to stop animal abuse at SeaWorld and other establishments.

Why should I care?

Your personal opinion is your choice. However, we believe that marine life is entitled to an advocate of their safety. Like 96% of our surveyed group, we believe that victims of abuse and maltreatment deserve a voice.

Contact Information

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This site is sponsored by Katie Lea, Hannah Ortiz, Jack Carpenter, and Brooke Kjar in Mr. Cross' English II Honors period 2 class.