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.