I'm not particularly animal-rightsy. The PETA crew give me migraines. But, you know, in this day and age, in a society teeming with entertainment options, we really don't need to enslave and torture animals for human entertainment. It's an anachronism.
It turns out that orcas (aka "killer whales") in the wild can live over a century, and like to swim 100 miles per day. The orcas at SeaWorld die before twenty, and live in cramped cages. According to the afore-linked article, "Orcas at SeaWorld are routinely separated from their pods, which has been known to cause huge mental and emotional strain and can prevent calves from developing normally." And these are intelligent creatures. It's sickening.
I understand that SeaWorld provides employment for people, and I do prioritize people over animals. But it's time for them to find themselves a different business model.
Consider signing the petition at that link. I doubt it'll achieve much, but it's better than nothing.
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