After the release of Blackfish, SeaWorld has experienced a significant drop in attendance. ”Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.” To watch Blackfish, click here.
Despite the drop in attendance at SeaWorld, they are still planning on expanding in the Middle East. There have been plans to open a SeaWorld in Dubai by the year 2020.
Below, is a link to a petition which asks the government of Dubai to not open a SeaWorld.
”SeaWorld is already one of the worst examples of wild animal abuse in the history of the United States and SeaWorld should not be allowed to exist in Dubai as well. SeaWorld is absolutely barbaric in terms of what they are doing to these poor marine animals they have in captivity at their theme parks. In the wild, killer whales are the king of the ocean and they swim 100 miles per day. In confinement, they are living in a tiny swimming pool that is the equivalent to a human living in a bathtub. They feed the whales and dolphins drugged fish to keep them docile and brain dead and they starve them as a tool to force them to perform tricks.”
SeaWorld and marine parks profit from keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity, despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviours in whales, but also endangers trainers. You can pledge not to visit SeaWorld until they empty their orca tanks by clicking the link below:
You can avoid contributing to the captivity of these animals by avoiding visiting SeaWorld and other similar marine parks. The key to ending this captivity and slavery is to educate as many people as possible about the suffering these animals have to endure for our entertainment and pleasure. Share buttons are below. Thank you.
-The Vegan Lily