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.
This was the final product I made for a project in my technology class. Our challenge was to create an engaging story in an animation while using the program Scratch. Throughout this unit our main goal was to find out the secrets to good storytelling and I now believe its good planning as we had to write a script and storyboard for this project. The main idea of my animation is about a tiger cub wanting to go back home to the forest and his mother as he currently resides in a zoo.
I just wrote an essay about zoos, whether they are good or bad. I first started with the account of Calle, the Asian Elephant that died at the San Francisco Zoo. The zoo blamed her life of over thirty years travelling between zoos and circuses. All of these places left her with degenerative joint disease and tuberculosis. She was pushed over by another elephant, and was unable to get up.