The Effects Of Seaworld On Our Culture

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Whales in captivity are hurting others as well as themselves; for example, they have been seen and recorded performing acts of self-harming, smacking their heads against the sides of the pool repeatedly. Whales in captivity swim in trance-like states, forced to perform tricks for food, working endlessly for the pure entertainment of humans. Whales in captivity eat a monotonous diet, meaning it lacks variety. Orcas living in SeaWorld facilities are primarily fed dead herring, as opposed to diets including a variety of different animals and species in the wild. This is not beneficial to their health and as a result these whales’ bodies react by vomiting constantly (SeaWorld of Hurt). Orcas in captivity commonly attempt biting through the metal bars that divide pools in order to get oral stimulation (BuzzFeed). These whales need help and we are blindsided by the overpowering effect SeaWorld has on our culture. When captive whales interact with humans, their behavior is abnormal. Humans normally do not interact with killer whales personally in the wild, so interaction between trainers and orcas at SeaWorld has been an experimented act for decades. There is no prior research supporting orcas and humans interacting successfully before SeaWorld first opened its doors in 1964, which is why there is so much controversy today. SeaWorld allowed complete interaction with killer whales and other animals prior to the arrival of Tilikum and before there was ever a fatal injury, as a result
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