Fight for Freedom: Tell SeaWorld to Stop Imprisoning Animals!

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Posted February 25, 2010 by Rachelle Owen

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SeaWorld doesn’t want you to know that the intelligent, social ocean animals kept in the pitifully small tanks at their parks are denied everything that is natural and important to them. They don’t want you to know that captured dolphins, confined in small tanks, suffer from depression, and go insane after their sonar bounces off of the walls of their tank. SeaWorld wants you to believe it’s OK to take animals like dolphins and whales out of their natural habitats, where they socialize with their families and swim for up to 100 miles a day—and imprison them for “entertainment” and profit.

What do you believe?

Yesterday, a trainer at SeaWorld was killed by an orca named Tilikum (or Tilly, for short). According to a witness, the whale leapt out of the tank and grabbed the trainer by the hair, pulled her into the water, threw her around like a rag doll, and then held her underwater until she drowned. This didn’t have to happen.

Just like other tragic endings to captive animal stories (like Travis, remember him?), this is another instance that proves that wild animals should be free. They’re not here for our entertainment, or to learn petty tricks to amuse us. After all—a dolphin’s intelligence is second only to a human’s.

Help animals be free! Ask SeaWorld to release the animals to sanctuaries that can provide them with a more natural (and safe—for everyone) environment.

Stay loud!
-Rachel
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  • 1339 days ago

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    It really gets me upset knowing that SeaWorld does this to these beautiful animals. Especially living so close to it here in Florida and constantly seeing the commercial for it on the TV.

  • 1797 days ago

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    I think that no animal should be treated bad, to be put in a cage, or to be trapped. But the death of the trainer is not Tilly fault because the people working with Tilly were keeping him trapped and not free enjoying his life and making new friends because everybody should deserve an opportunity don’t u think?
    ???Ashley???

  • 1827 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    haha i sent them the nastiest email ever hope they enjoy reading it… i think PETA is amazing thanks for all you hard work!

  • 1827 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    That is effed UP!

  • 1834 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is soo sad!

  • 1839 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow. i am soooooo ashamed of myself right now i actually WANTED to be a trainer @ a water park i had no idea this was going on though, those poor sea animals :( i want nothing to do with that career feild now thank you soooooo much peta for opening my eyes and showing me the truth that has been covered up for so long the only time i will be involved with sea world is when i am protesting it
    honestly its not even entertaining

  • 1840 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    out of all the places on earth…SeaWorld??? I wonder how us people can just stand there and watch a beautiful animal go insane. I thought some man eating animals was the worst kind of mammals..but now I know it’s humans.

  • 1841 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i kno i hate the wrongful imprisonmentof animals! it wouldnt have happened if they ddntav hem in there for th first place!ibelieve that animals should be let free and run with family not caged up for our entertainment!

  • 1845 days ago

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    surely this just proves that animals such as whales and dolphins should not be kept in captivity. it’s not right.
    it is true, human beings are the cruelest species on the planet….

  • 1845 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    These animals donot have the fault of killing the trainer because its their nature an people are not noticing that the animals are kept in captiviti with nets.
    Thats why they start cutting the orcas performense because maybe they had sacars or other stuff that they did not want to show the audience. When they kill the orca they would just feed it to other animals on seaworld.I found out all of this because my stepfathers cousin works there he told me about it and i love animals and i dont want to have to see orcas and other animals be treated bad in thes parks.

  • 1846 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I AM SOO PISSED. WHY CAN’T PEOPLE SEE THAT YR BASICALLY PUTTING THESE HUGE MAMMALS IN CAGES. TO US THE POOLS SEEM BIG. BUT TO THE MAMMALS THEY R REALLY SMALL. IT’S LIKE PEOPLE LOCKING US IN A TINY LITTLE BOX. WOULDNT U GO INSANE!!! I BLAME SEAWORLD BOUT THE DEATH. THE WHALE HAS BEEN LOCKED UP TO LONG!!! I HAVE GONE TO SEAWORLD WHILE I WAS IN FLORIDA WITH MY FAMILY!! I HATED IT!! ALL THE ANIMALS LOOKED SOO SAD!!! THE SHOWS WERE SOO.. I CAN’T EVEN DESCRIBE IT!!! ITS TIME WE SAY ENOUGH!!! THEY SHOULDNT BE TAKEN FROM THIER HOME AND FAMILY JUST TO PERFORM STUPID CIRCUS TRICKS FOR PEOPLES ENTERTAINMENT!!! ITS JUST WRONG!!! PEOPLE R GOING TO CONTINUE GETTING HURT UNLESS SEAWORLD STOPS TAKING THESE HUGE MAMMALS AND PUTTING THEM IN CAGES!!!

  • 1847 days ago

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    I hate what people are doing to the Whales!!!!! If the whales are dyieng help them if they are hurt help them if they dont have anything wrong with them people should LEAVE WHALES ALONE! And yes i feel sorry for the trainer who died but! The whale was probably so pissed cuz of how long he has beeen stuck in there! People need to leave Whales alone unless something is wrong ! Does anyone agree with me comment back!

  • 1847 days ago

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    Free WiLLyy
    SeeWoorLLd sTopp imPprisIOnningg aNImaaLLzz
    lett TheeMM bee Free && haPPy
    wee All haave thHe RiighHt too Bee HapPy
    anIImaLLz haVee Heartzz Too
    Lett THEMm bee Free!! pLeasee
    lIkee preetttyy please wiThh suUgarr ON toOp(:

  • 1853 days ago

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    I feel sorry for both the whale and the trainer, as well the trainer’s loved ones. If the trainer devoted her life to training these amazing animals then she probably had a passion for them. Like a lot of people who work in the business of profiting from animal entertainment, the trainer probably thought that she was doing good. Probably didn’t realize that the poor thing was miserable in captivity. This is a tragedy for whales and humans alike. If SeaWorld would stop their crap this never would have happened. So blame SeaWorld.

  • 1855 days ago

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    i dont care what anyone says, that whale did his job on her. you shouldnt take animals from their homes in the wild,and its too late for them to go back because theyd die very soon after.
    if anyone wants to counter this, email me.
    bellaxalways@aol.com

  • 1855 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i cannot believe what i am reading. This is horrible. i have never been to seaworld and i plan to keep it that way. }:

  • 1857 days ago

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    I agree. Animals shouldn’t be blamed for OUR wrong doings. all it would do is just hurt them more. Being in captivity is awful, imagine…. Being in a small place, to smile when they say smile. To run when they say run. To be forced into a world where you HAVE NO personal rights. privacy isn’t even allowed. And they wonder why in the world there has been a decrease in panda population in zoos…. Stupid people…… And to think that all around the world, people are blaming the whale. It’s not the whale’s fault. It’s SEaworld’s. the putted so much stress on it that it couldn’t handle it anymore! I mean. come on! Why don’t THEY try not even saying a bad word or throwing a temper tantrum ever. EVER.

  • 1857 days ago

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    they need to be free. if people really wanted entertainment they would watch them in there wonderful majestic natural habitat. screw seaworld, go whale watching in kayaks its quite a thrill, and animal friendly. the whales in the wild are quite friendly most of the time. very gentle unless they feel threatened. oh and the killer whale is not actualy a type of whale, it is actualy a species of dolphin.

  • 1862 days ago

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    THIS WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IF THEY WOULD HAVE KEPT TILY IN HIS NATURAL HABITAT, PLUS MAKING HIM DO TRICKS, MAKING MILLIONS OF THE SHOWS, ITS INHUMAN, AND VERY SAD THE TRAINER LOST HER LIFE, BUT I BELIVE IT WAS HER FAULT TO BEGIN WITH.

  • 1862 days ago

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    some people think that these animals are cute and cuddly but the feel the same as humans too! just because they dont have the intelligents that we do doesnt mean a thing, they are still a living organuism!

  • 1863 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yeah… this would have never happend if they didn’t take him from his home in the first place. i think it is very wrong that they do this and they should stop!

  • 1864 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sea World is sick! All of these poor helpless animals locked up away from their homes is sad!Someone needs to do something before these animals get severly hurt…
    Save the babies!
    Help Mother Nature!
    http://www.myspace.com/ashleyanonymously
    add me to help!

  • 1865 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    then…what’s about the animal conservation thing? someone please answer. i’m really confused.

  • 1867 days ago

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    So seaworld is fun in all but why lock up all these creatures to just show them off. there is no good reason you are taking them out of there home and basicly forcing them to live in somewhere they’ve never been before. would you like if some one stuck you in a new home and forced you to live there and you didn’t know the lanuage or where you were??

  • 1868 days ago

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    ya… this makes me so mad! i’m in debate and forensics (theatre stuff) and i’m doing an oratory about the circus/zoo’s and places like sea world to spread the word that it’s not right! they shouldn’t be kept in a cage like that. thilly was upset and lonely in there, that wouldn’t of happened if he was free in the big wide ocean where he belongs! i’m excited because i’m taking my oratory peice to turnaments where i can read it to larger crowds and get there responses! wish me luck!

  • 1870 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    FREE WILLY! (and Tilly)

  • 1871 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sea world sucks. Poor Tilly, and poor trainer who died. All this could be prevented if who ever was in charge wasn’t a moron.

  • 1875 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    One more thing, I do agree with the people that said Sea World keeps their dolphins and whales in too small of a tank. The environments that those animals have is TERRIBLE! It makes me SO angry to see how small those tanks are! It’s awful! And it’s sad that the whales and dolphins cannot be released out into the wild because of their dependence on humans, as I said in my last comment. It’s horrific. It truly is.

  • 1875 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I work in an aquarium. We do not hold dolphins or whales, but we do have animals such as otters, penguins, alligators, sea turtles, etc. We RESCUE these animals after getting calls about them being abandoned by their mothers, being stranded, or otherwise. We try to release them, but only if they are ABLE to survive on their own! We do not put any animals back out into the wild that we know would die in a matter of days. We are partners with another aquarium that RESCUES dolphins, otters, and sea turtles. The dolphins that come in are injured dolphins, whom they try very hard at putting back out into the wild. The dolphins that are not able to be put back out are taught tricks, but only as animal behavior. The ones in rehab that are able to be let back out are not taught such behavior because getting them to be dependent on people is destructive to their survival in the wild.
    Sea World now breeds whales in the park. These whales will never be able to live out in the wild. They would simply die, having never experienced it before. Yes, Tilly has killed people before, HOWEVER, it is too late for him to be let back out into the wild. Whether or not he should have been before, he can no longer survive without people. He would most likely die in a matter of days if he were back out into the wild. I do NOT agree with taking a perfectly healthy whale out of its natural environment for show purposes, but Tilly has no choice anymore. It would be almost wrong to let him go. However, I DO agree that he should no longer be used in shows and he should be sent to a rehabilitation center that could take proper care of him, and put him in a tank big enough for him. Unlike the tanks at Sea World.
    I love what you’re trying to do for whales and dolphins who are cruelly taken away from their homes for no reason. Tilly may have been, but unfortunately, as I said, he can no longer survive on his own in the wild. I will sign to prevent other marine mammals being taken away from their homes for no reason other than entertainment. Thank you for all that you do, PETA.

  • 1875 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Honestly, what did they think was going to happen? That’s like putting a person inside of a closet. It’s okay at first, but after a while you get uncomfortable. Then you snap and want to break free. “Tilly” didn’t do anything and it’s all Sea Worlds fault.

  • 1878 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I’ve seen a few people say that the whale could never make it if it were released into the wild. Most of those animals wouldn’t. Their spirit is broken, their hunting skills undeveloped, and remember these are mammals who’ve now gone insane. Also most were born or raised in captivity and being released or re-released would kill them because of the contaminates in the ocean. Releasing Tilly would kill the whale. I think they should stop taking in these animals. They should build proper habitats for the ones they already have. Give them the best life they can be given… and never again do this to another creature. Sea World should be shut down and be made to properly care for these animals. My kids even refuse to go to the zoo. When my daughter was 2 she asked me “Mama, why is the elephant crying?”. We knew someone who worked there and when I saw how those animals lived, were transported and the dead look in their eyes I felt guilt. Guilt for everything human beings do to all these creatures. YES, some of the animals were injured and needed to be cared for but not kept like this. Not made to entertain us… it’s no better than what the Romans did with prisoners making the gladiators. Really though, at least the humans could fight back. Looks like Tilly was just fighting back too!!! So protest, shut them down, but force them to care for the animals they’ve already abused into submission. Give them a proper home… sadly that’s not the ocean or the wild any longer. Doesn’t mean that we can’t stop them from being in more for their gain! To watch and do nothing makes us no better than Sea World, the trainer, or the individuals who bred or captured these animals for this purpose.

  • 1878 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    animals deserve to be free in their natural enviorments and not in cages and aquariums having ignorant people stare at them all day.

  • 1878 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yes of course its not right for them 2 hold these animals captive. So all the things about them being resuced is it true or is it B.S ??

  • 1881 days ago

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    This is the 3rd person this whale has killed. The whale needs to be released back into the wild, where it was stolen from or else it should keep killing. I feel for the trainer’s family but these animals should not be confined! And trainers need to start the movement to release the animals..
    Kudos to Ric O’Barry (flippers trainer) for starting a movement that has culminated in the amazing film “The Cove.”

  • 1882 days ago

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    I agree with everything, how would you like it if you were taken way from your family and forced to do triks all day? You wouldnt like it at all,then why do they do it?????? Its not right and they need to know that.

  • 1882 days ago

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    thts frakin awesome

  • 1885 days ago

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    everyone has said wut ive been wanting to say ever since i heard of this. its not right to keep wild animals in captivity for the sake of our entertainment. experts are saying that the animal knew what it was doing. and i buy it all. this was another sign for these people to let them know that what they’re doing is wrong and unfair. they need to cut the crap and stop it.

  • 1886 days ago

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    keeping WILD animals in Captivity is BAD. there is no reason what so ever that u need to do it. i hope they finally wake up and smell the coffee. since they didnt they had to see someone die, no that trainer is pushing daisies. its sad and all but they really should of known better. ~*S*~

  • 1887 days ago

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    Sea world needs to let the animals free..they aint ment to preform or anything..and the places like seaworld they dont care they just care about the money..Orcas should not be kept in small tanks…you know why their fin is curled and down? its because they are depressed..just like when a dogs tail is down and goes in between their legs..they just need to set them free and stop making them do stunts and stuff to make money..you can tell the animals are not happy…Just let them free..how would they like to be taken from your family? When i seen this on the news all i could think about was Tili because he should not be hurt or killed for this because seaworld is responsible..They need to just let him free i mean come on how many people has he killed now? You can tell he aint happy and they need to let him free..

  • 1887 days ago

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    If the whale trainer that died loved whales so much she would have relised that keeping them in captivity is wrong! in my opinion its selfeshness!

  • 1887 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If the whale trainer that died loved whales so much she would have relised that keeping them in captivity is wrong! in my opinion its selfeshness!

  • 1887 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If the whale trainer that died loved whales so much she would have relised that keeping them in captivity is wrong! in my opinion its selfeshness!

  • 1887 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If the whale trainer that died loved whales so much she would have relised that keeping them in captivity is wrong! in my opinion its selfeshness!

  • 1887 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    If the whale trainer that died loved whales so much she would have relised that keeping them in captivity is wrong! in my opinion its selfeshness!

  • 1887 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    They cant just let it go,, it cant survive ,, it needs to be with the pack it was born into,, not just some random group of whales,, they will leave him and he will die,, so this is pretty much a lose, lose situation.

  • 1889 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    its so sad how such a beauitful animal can be treated so poorly. Its sick and horrible. Save the beautiful creatures of this planet!

  • 1890 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is horrible! ):

  • 1890 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is my point exactly. Being in captivity stresses the animals out. The animal can’t be blamed for what he did. While what happened to the trainer is tragic, it needs to be looked at as something to open people’s eyes about animal cruelty!

  • 1891 days ago

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    I agree with ada because for some reason this whale is named “Killer Whale”.i guess people are just ignorant and dont know what in reality is a wild animal. Its not the whales fault that the trainer died,i mean somehow at a point ALL animals attack with no reason,so thats the trainers fault fir taking the risk.Leave All animals alone where they suppose to be and everything will be normal.

  • 1891 days ago

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    when i saw it on the news i was horrified for both the trainer and tilly! I live close to seaworld and havvent been since i was a little kid, when i saw how misrible the animals looked i never went back! its just awful! animals r not for our entertainment! if a protest against seaworld Orlando is going to happen let me know and ill be there!!!

  • 1892 days ago

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    Animals should not be kept in cages and such, but on the other hand, you cant jus turn loose the animals back into the wild. If they where to jus turn them loose again they would die because there not use to taking care of themself. They wouldn’t know how to catch food or interact.

  • 1892 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    When people at school were saying how horrible the whale was for doing this, all I could say was how horrible seaworld was for letting it happen. No creature should have to be locked up in tiny areas like this whale was. No one I’ve talked to can see my point in how it truly isn’t the whale’s fault this happened. So, I’ve been asking people if they would blame a human, that was locked up in a tiny closet all their life, if they would kill the person keeping them there out of insanity, and people said that they could see how that would occur. Plus, it’s possible that Telly didn’t even know what he was doing because whales don’t understand that people can drown.

  • 1892 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Of course Sea World’s entertainment makes everyone happy… smiles are drawn on millions of kids faces! BUT that’s not the way to make entertainment and create joy! Animals are just like humans.. they feel, they eat, they sleep, they like going out for a walk, a swim or a flight.. they need fresh new water or air… JUST LIKE HUMANS DO! how would you feel being trapped in a cage and be told what to do and having the same old routine every single day of your life and feeling you HAVE to depend on someone or something every single day and cant be SELF DEPENDENT? of course you wouldnt like it!!! so if not doing it for the sake of the animals do it for your own sake!! we will definately appreciate it on behalf of this love giving animals and breath taking creation of mother earth :)!

  • 1893 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yes keeping huge animals in a small a** tank is cruel, but completely and utterly disrespecting a death of a human being is disgraceful. As sad as it we human beings are the dominate species and have made terrible choices about how we treat animals. However, humans will not always be the dominate spiece and then we will suffer like they have.

  • 1894 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i think dat the animals should be free… it’s not right to use them for entertainment and profit!

  • 1894 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    let the animals go!!! look wats happen!!

  • 1894 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    with this whale something big must of happen to him in the wild killer whales don’t kill 3 times in a row like that on humans unless we did something to harm them or thier everioment so seaworld really needs to take a big look at him and not let around the pubic cause its doing more harm than good

  • 1894 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I laughed when i heard that the trainer got killed. That’s what they get for capturing animals and forcing them to do tricks when they don’t want to. Its the people fault, not the animal. They want to live happily in their habitat, why can’t people just understand that?!?! They want to be free, not be caged in and be depressed. That’s just horrible and cruel. Get your own job that dosen’t involve making animals do tricks. JERKS!

  • 1894 days ago

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    I really do feel for the trainer who lost her life, as on the face of it, she deeply cared about the whale which turned on her. But on the flip side, she was benefitting financially by having the whale held in captivity by her employers, so the extent of her care for the animal is questionable. Also, what shocked me was the statement issued that they will not destroy the whale. It just goes to show how superior humans think they are to animals. Fair enough we may be far more intelligent, but that does not give us the right to strip animals of their lives. Ultimately it comes down to this, if SeaWorld were not so greedy, the whale would have never have been captured and suffered frustration and the trainer would still be alive. I blame SeaWorld for her death, not the whale!

  • 1894 days ago

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    That Is Wrong.
    Imagin Someone Taking You Out Of Your Home;
    Putting You In A Cage In The Middle Of Nowhere;
    And Telling You,
    You Have To Jump When They Say Jump,
    You Have To Smile When They Say Smile,
    Or You Get Beat,
    Or Worse.
    Its Not Unnatural For Animals To Break Every Once In A While. Im Sure They Would If They Were In The Same Situation. They Should Start Realizing The Money Isnt Worth The “Accadents”.

  • ada

    1895 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I agree with Dana b, and i dont feel bad for the trainer at all. Yes she did spend time training the whale, but if she really liked and had love for the animal she wouldn’t have been training him in the first place. She knew that whales, specially KILLER whales are not happy being made to perform tricks or being in such small places. They want to be free, like every other animal. I think the whale should be released to its natural habitat,and sea world and every other place that uses animals to entertain people should learn from this and stop using animals for that.

  • 1895 days ago

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    i cant sleep thinking on this animals it breaks my heart and i want them free now…humans dont care and wont release them just because they wont lose millions just by being sorry with this amazing animals that deserve their freedom!!! im so pissed off and i feel humiliated by how humans act!!!!
    p.s if that woman that died really loved whales like she said she did she wont be doing what she was doing make a whale miserable!!! im sorry for her but humans are getting what they deserve!!

  • 1895 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well.. SeaWorld has a reason to keep the animals, but they really shouldn’t. Set the whales out into the free and the trainer whome drown, well that wouldn’t have happened. They are supposed to be in the ocean, not in big boxes!

  • 1895 days ago

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    To Dana b: I don’t think it is fair to say that SeaWorld employees are abusing their animals or that the trainer had her death coming to her. While holding those animals in captivity is wrong, I don’t think it is anyone’s place to assume that they are being purposely hurt there. Also, the sister of the woman who was killed said that she loved the whales and would not want anything to happen to them, including the one that killed her. The animals at Sea World need our help, but I think that in her death that trainer also deserves our respect.

  • 1895 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    When will people learn that wild, dangerous animals belong in the wild and are not there to enterain us.

  • 1895 days ago

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    Sea World creates unlivable and horrific environments for their animals. I mean, their huge animals, being kept in too small of tanks. This was a way for him to tell us that he wants to go home. He wants to be able to be a whale. And Sea World treats these beautiful animals like dogs. Making them perform tricks, and them giving them a treat for a job well done. No. Whales, dolphins, and other animals are not meant to be captive. They are supposed to be how they were created. Which is be free, and roam like their ancestors. They need to be stopped. And they won’t be unless we take action. Help these beautiful, graceful, and majestic creatures. Speak up for those who can’t defend themselves.

  • 1895 days ago

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    I was so blinded by the cuteness of the animals and the experience to be so close to them that I have only JUST NOW noticed how ridiculous it is to have those poor animals held captive to perform tricks for our amusement. I’m extremely ashamed of myself.
    The only thing is, Seaworld *does* save seals and manatees and possibly other animals that have been wounded or blinded. The habitats still aren’t acceptable, though.

  • 1895 days ago

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    You would think killing to trainers was enough . i mean how greedy can you get for money? yes i feel for the trainer and family but the killer whale was being a KILLER WHALE! Leave these animals ALONE!

  • Sam

    1895 days ago

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    I mean it’s called a “Killer” whale! can people get any stupider, imprision an animal called a “KILLER” whale and expect it to perform without any natural whale activities! I think that Sea World got what it deserved! Remember the movie “Free Whilly”!
    FREE THE ANIMALS!

  • 1895 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We learn nothing about animals when they are kept in a confined space and forced to perform tricks. Animals can only be truely observed when they are in the wild and from a distance. It is cruel to keep a whale, an elephant or other animal in a small space out of its natural habitat for peoples’ entertainment. It is a tragedy that this female trainer lost her life. It is something that could have been avoided. What surprises me even is that Sea World will continue to use Telly in their shows. I hope more people will realize that it is unnatural to keep animals in captivity for use in shows and realize what companies like Sea World and Ringling Bros. are really doing.

  • 1895 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    these people are fools. i read that they are not going to put down the animal or release it! talk about being greedy! more than these trainers, its the people who go to these shows who are the real villains. what in the world makes them happy to see an animal imprisoned and acting silly.. it just shows how disgusting and narrow minded humans really are.. we can’t be happy without dominating other species

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    PETA NEEDS TO HAVE AT LEAST 100 PEOPLE VOLUNTEERS TO PROTEST SEA WORLD EVERY DAY TILL THEIR BOX OFFICE RECEIPTS GO DOWN, WAY DOWN, CHANTING HEY HEY HO HO FREE THE ORCA WHALE, UNTIL THEY GET MORE PROACTIVE IN NUMBERS OF PROTESTORS, NOTHING CAN HAPPEN, I SUPPORT PETA IN BEING MORE AGGRESSIVE IN THIS WAY, IT HAS WORKED WITH CIRCUSES, IT CAN WORK WITH SEA WORLD,

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Animals should not be kept captured. Wild animals suffer in a zoo. It’s so sad when they are walking or swimming around, obviously because they went mad.

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think that all animals should be free i just hope now people wake up and rlize that this could happen at any time. how many times rilly will it take for people to see what is rilly going on

  • Jon

    1896 days ago

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    Dana … I agree that having these animals in captivity is messed up , but I think it’s barbaric to give no thought to the woman who died … We don’t know enough to say it was all her fault or that she had it coming … It’s a sad situation that may or may not have been avoided … My point is , we shouldn’t put the animals below us , but we shouldn’t value them more or put them above another human being …

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    im so mad at SeaWorld i never like to go to seaworld plus those poor animals from the sea are not clown and is not for entrainment from those weird trick they should be free were they suppose to live in the sea

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    SET THESE ANIMALS FREE!!!

  • rae

    1896 days ago

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    these people should use their brains of course a wild animal is going to do something like that no matter how “good” the animal acts it still will. i don’t think they would like it if they were stuck in a tank all alone and only have themselves to talk to they would go crazy and probably die. i think they should let the animals go back to where they came from and let them live their lives like normal animals not jumping in the air for a small piece of fish and letting people hang off them either. i don’t blame the animals for doing stuff like that becuase it’s just their way of pay back from getting taken from their freedom and sometimes their family

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why don’t you just leave them live their life out in the wild where they belong in the first place…People are so hungry to make money that they have to use and abuse animals to get it…Now that is truly sad and unforgivable.

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    @ dana b
    yes i agree that the wild animals shouldn’t be forced to perform and that the trainer should know the risks but seriously, you don’t feel bad for the trainer at all? For someone to devote their lives to training animals they obviously have a passion for them and i doubt that they believed that they were honestly harming the animal (although in reality they actually were) And what about the families of the trainer? do you not feel bad about them aswell? And why did you autimatically assume that they were physically abusing the whale so it attacked them? most likely the whale has some serious agression problems since it was involved in death of two other people in serparate aquariums, which also leads me too blame more of seaworld than the trainer who allowed the woman to work with the animal that had killed two others.

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    what do u expect???? this is a wild creature that never should have been impriaoned in the firat place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well, like this says, this didn’t have to happen at all. They are intelligent living creatures, and after a while, they do probably get irritated. This is an example of what happens when you put a living creature in a habitat where they are not supposed to be.

  • 1896 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats what i was saying, it would of never happened if they didnt have them doing tricks in the first place…
    plus they make millions off of those shows?
    i say their risking their lives everyday with wild animals….it was the trainers CHOICE. they made that decision to work as a trainer or whatever there….they risked their life they got it taken away. simple as that. i dont feel bad for the person at all. if this world wasnt so money hungry lives wouldnt be taken and animals could still live happily in their OWN environment not in a stupid pool doing “this” many jumps or w.e
    im curious to how they actually treat these animals? i doubt a whale would attack a trainer for no reason? come on,…whoever believes this crap must be blind…they had to treat this animal badly for it to kill the trainer or w.e,…..something smells fishy…

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