This is the first time I have ever heard of a Sea World whale killing a human being. Am I surprised? Not at all, I mean, it’s in the name – (killer)whale. Every animal should be living their lives in their own natural habitat. They shouldn’t be taken away from their families and forced into a circus for the amusement of us human beings.
It is so sad to see the whales being torn apart from their families. A lot of the workers involved with this, whether it be the fishermen or the Sea World employees, all say the same thing – it was their job. Although the trainers are provided with lessons on how to train the sea creatures, they have a very low background in marine biology, if any. They are performers, not biologists. The fact that they masturbate the whales for their sperm is just wrong. What’s more disturbing is the marine cowboys sinking dead whales to the bottom of the ocean in order to hide their bodies.
Watching this documentary reminded me of a similar issue happening locally in which human beings put animals to work – horse carriages in New York City. Beginning in 1935, this has been an ongoing tradition in the itinerary of many foreign visitors, as well as native New Yorkers, who have this romanticized idea of riding a horse drawn carriage. This is inhumane and an unnatural lifestyle of these easily-provoked animals. Horses should be roaming free on a field of grass, not slaving away on the hard cement surrounded by loud, ongoing traffic. Rather than using horses, carriages should be replaced with motorized carriages. According to a Huffington Post article, Mayor de Blasio said at a press conference with New York Class, an animal rights group, “We are in the biggest, densest urban area in North America. It is not a place for horses. They are not meant to be in traffic jams. It’s obvious. There are better alternatives.” Mayor de Blasio has yet to fix this issue since he was instated, but plans to.
There are many similarities between the living conditions of both the whales and the horses. They are forced to live in these cramped spaces which causes them emotional and physical distress. This, consequently, leads to lack of sleep needed to work the next morning. Also, the way the trainers feed the animals is done as an experiment. Most of the time they are only fed when they do something right or fed to the minimum point of keeping them standing and able to work.
According to a study by Newcastle University, “dolphins in close proximity to humans experience extreme stress preventing them from resting, feeding or nurturing their young.” Despite these findings, Sea World continues to allow park guests to interact with dolphins. I now lament the time I got to swim with dolphins. I was around 12 years old at the time on a family vacation in Mexico. It was fun but now that I know that it distresses them, I wouldn’t do it again.