After the movie Blackfish premiered, conservation and animal rights activists established a mission to harpoon and kill Sea World. But in their relentless attacks on Sea World are they actually throwing out the baby with the bathwater in their attempts to close down the park's animal entertainment division?
After seeing Blackfish, it is very easy to be a critic of Sea World. Seeing a performing killer whale or elephant is viewed as abuse in some circles. Political correctness in some circles does not condone the ownership of animal coat or drooling over a piece veal.
Political correctness or not, after visiting Sea World in Aurora Ohio in my teenage years, I knew I never wanted to go back.
For me, seeing a "petting" dolphin sitting essentially in a SeaWorld wading poll just was depressing. (It was equally as bleak seeing a captive gorilla banging at its glass window in a zoo).
I never cared for animals doing tricks whether at SeaWorld, at a circus or my dog standing on her rear legs around begging for food. Just give me a well-managed sea aquarium or zoo any day to catch a glimpse into the world of wild animals just acting themselves.
But let's face it for every performing whale, dolphin, or sea lion at SeaWorld, many of these animals are dying in our increasing polluted and over fished oceans.
If SeaWorld did not exist, many people would not really appreciate the magnificence of the very intelligent orcas and other seal mammals. After witnessing a killer whale at Sea World, one cannot help appreciate the conservation of those mammals.
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And by the same token if animal rights organizations did not exist, people would not fully appreciate how utterly reckless and cruel people and corporations can be in keeping wild animals in captivity or slaughtering domestic animals for food and dress accessories.
SeaWorld does have its well-deserved detractors----but I think eliminating Sea World would have some consequences in ocean and sea life preservation.
Until Sea World, the general public did not really appreciate a killer whale's intelligence or role in the oceans' ecosystems. SeaWorld rightfully deserves much credit for the good things they have done in preserving and understanding not only killer whales but other sea animals.
A former SeaWorld employee, Erin McKinney, wrote in his blog for Awesome Ocean, that condemning SeaWorld is really a bad idea.
McKinney persuasively noted that SeaWorld
Has the the largest rescue and rehabilitation program in the world
Contributes millions of dollars in conservation funding annually
Is regulated by the USDA, National Marine Fisheries Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Has one of the best staff of experts providing a collective knowledge of marine life care