In my last post, I discussed some of the mental tendencies seen among captive animals. It is clear to me that captive animals are prone to physical and mental frustration. In an article I read from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), zoos are compared to a prison. The animals are deprived of all that is natural to them in the wild. The animals are bought, sold, traded, and looked upon as objects of our entertainment. Many animals in zoos show neurotic and/or self destructive behaviors.
When I first began this project, my primary focus was the effects that captivity has on the animals held in Seaworld parks. There have been many cases where animals have shown aggression within the tanks of Seaworld. The film Blackfish exposed the companies mistreatment towards these creatures, and which caused a drastic fall of attendance at Seaworld theme parks. Progression was seen in this anti-Seaworld movement, for the company has recently announced that Seaworld will no longer breed orcas in their parks.
I recently wrote a research paper where I explored the credibility of the recent documentary Blackfish. SeaWorld has been the spot for millions of tourists in America since the park opened in 1964. With the original plan of it being an underwater restaurant which later turned into a marine zoological park on 21 acres in Mission Bay San Diego, SeaWorld has been the host to family vacations and tourist destinations.
The most interesting thing that I learned from my Gale research was the article about about how a judge recently dismissed a lawsuit from PETA (animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) against SeaWorld. PETA claimed that SeaWorld's treatment of killer whales, or orcas, violates the U.S. Constitution's 13th Amendment, which bans slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime. This makes me want to research more on animal cruelty and also what sorts of things have happened in the past to change animal rights.
After watching the documentary Blackfish on Netflix about how horrible SeaWorld truly is, I felt that it was imperative for me to learn more and see why SeaWorld continues to do what they do. After some preliminary research on this topic, I found that in the wild, male Orca whales can live to be 50-60+ and wild female Orcas have lived to be over 90. In captivity, most whales and dolphins do not live to adulthood, many die in their teens.