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According to the WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) organization, at least 44 orcas have died in SeaWorld. There is at least 40 killer whales that are still in captivity (Killer Whales in Captivity, 1). Within 30 years, there has been 3 deaths at SeaWorld. It was caused by the same killer whale. The killer whale is called Tilikum (10 things you didn’t know about SeaWorld, 1). Tilikum was the start of why the audience started to question what was going on behind the gates. SeaWorld has been known to bring fun into family’s lives while enjoying the containment of marine animals. Indeed, SeaWorld is not only saving animals but instead they are mistreating all the creatures. SeaWorld should come to an end. Killer whales are known to the best …show more content…
In the wild, orcas spend about 95 percent of their time submerged and find shade in the depths of the ocean. But the tanks in SeaWorld are way too shallow even though they are about 40 feet deep. The depth are not enough to protect them from the harsh elements. In order to hide the sunburns from the public, they are shielded with black zinc oxide which matches their skin (10 things you didn’t know about SeaWorld, 1). When it is usually mating season, orcas choose their mates in the wild. Instead, the killer whales are forcefully bred against their will. The male orcas are fooled into doing a trick that makes them go on their backs. When that happens, the trainers masturbate them to collect their sperm. The females are then artificially inseminated and forced to get breed at a younger age than normally would. One of the killer whales name Katina, is a breeding machine and has even been inbred with her own sons (10 things you didn’t know about SeaWorld, 4). SeaWorld is known to give false information to the audience about orcas. For example, many of them say they live around 9 years maximum. In captivity, all male orcas have dorsal fins as adults, which is a sign of being unhealthy. SeaWorld claims that this condition is “common and natural for all of the orcas. Even though it is rarely seen in the wild, collapsed dorsal fins are caused by the unnatural environment of …show more content…
Many of trainers are performers, not biologists. The trainers most likely have no formal education in marine biology. Their key purpose is too entertain and put on a “good” show for visitors. The trainers do not educate the people about the killer whale’s intelligence, social nature, or natural families, foraging and habitats of the animals (10 things you didn’t know about SeaWorld, 8). According to the USDA, on January 11, 2012, they issued an warning to SeaWorld San Antonio for its “repeated failure to provide drain covers that are securely fastened in order to minimize the potential risk of animal entrainment”- a violation that resulted in the death of a sea lion. Another report was in March 2013, prompted by PETA’s complaint about a child who had been bitten by a dolphin at SeaWorld. The USDA conducted an investigation and cited the marine park for several violations of the Animal Welfare Act, including the use of expired surgical materials. Some of the materials were even a decade old. The USDA also documented that a dolphin tank and areas surrounding the orca performance tank were in disrepair. The tanks that contained crack, crumbling concrete and rusty beans pose a threat to the health and safety of both the animals

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