Summary: The Importance Of Whales In Captivity

Imagine being with your family and friends on any given day and all of a sudden someone takes you away from them. This is what parks are doing to get orcas, which is considered to be kidnapping and if it were children instead of whales it would be illegal. They are kidnapping them in the wild and making the orca their entertainment slave so they can gain a profit. What they are doing is inhumane and also not healthy for these orcas. Seaworld and other parks want to entertain people and make money, so they take orcas from the wild and breed them. These orcas are placed in small tanks causing them to have stress and anger. Seaworld plans to make two bigger tanks and ban breeding, but more action needs to be taken for these innocent orcas that …show more content…
Killer whales need more space to swim than the small captivity tanks allow them. Orcas are stored in small tanks and then they are put into a little bit bigger tank to perform. A study shows, “[c]aptive orcas are kept in pools that hold 00001% of the quantity of water they would normally traverse in one day” (Techmeier, 2015, 1). Placing these massive killer whales in a concrete box the size of a football field is not healthy. In the wild, they have so much more freedom, which causes them to be more happy unlike captivity. According to the film Blackfish, 100% of orcas in captivity have collapsed dorsal fins, but in the wild less than 1% of orcas have collapsed dorsal fins. The small tank does not allow the orcas to be very deep for a long period of time, so they are swimming with their fins above the surface a lot. The gravity acts on their dorsal fins and causes them to look droopy and collapse. In the wild the whales are able to swim a lot deeper and their fins aren’t affected by gravity (Cowperthwaite, 2013). Everyone notices the droopy fins that the orcas have, this shows that orcas kept in captivity is inhumane and unhealthy. Also the orcas never leave these tanks, this is their life and home. It is the same as putting someone in a tennis court and having them live there for the rest of their life. These small tanks don’t only collapse dorsal fins, but they cause mental …show more content…
Bruce Stephens, a former SeaWorld trainer said “[i]t can 't be good for an animal so intelligent to do the same thing every day” (Tocco, 2014, para.3). These animals are trapped and are doing the same thing every day which can easily cause mental stress. Many may know that mental illnesses lead to aggressive acts and hurting themselves. The corporation WDC (2015) reported that there has been 100 or more aggressive acts and 4 deaths from orcas in captivity, yet there has only been a couple aggressive acts in the wild (para. 3). Many companies may say that these attacks weren’t on purpose and that it was a trainer error. Many are not the trainers error, it is the whales who are getting tired of living in captivity and are stressed. They’re psychologically damaged and that is why they are attacking and in some cases killing these

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