]Exploring Orlando Theme ParksI posted a post a while ago, about why I stand with SeaWorld.
I want to take a moment, and really express my opinion again. First off let me express that I am a person who loves animals. I am passionate about animal care, so much so that every time a circus comes to Orlando, I take time off work, and out of my day to go and protest the circus. Here is a recent photo of me Protesting a circus in downtown Orlando.
The idea of animals being harmed, and abused makes me physically ill. Elephants like some whale species are sentient beings, who are extremely intelligent, and have no right being in the disgusting conditions that circuses place them in. Beyond that they way they are bred, trained, and live when they are not performing are equally disgusting and barbaric.
It is easy for people to hear information about SeaWorld, and just jump on the band wagon of burying SeaWorld, and make wild accusations about care, and quality of life for these animals.
Let me first start off by say, is the life of a whale in captivity ideal? No.
It is easy to stop there, and demand that they be released into the wild, and we just lovingly watch them from afar.
However our world is not that simple. We are living in a time of crisis, our oceans are under siege by pollution, over fishing, and illegal whaling. We humans have a fatal flaw, that we disregard that which we don’t understand or relate to.
SeaWorld plays a crucial, essential part in protecting our oceans, and whale species as a whole.
The orcas, dolphins, purposes, mammals, birds, reptiles, who are in the care of SeaWorld act as ambassadors for their species. Allowing for MILLIONS of people from all over the world to connect with them, care about them, love them. I know my own personal love for marine life came from visiting SeaWorld as a child and as an adult. Because of that I have become active in supporting groups like the Sea Shepherd, Green Peace, and other local groups. My personal connection to the animals in SeaWorld’s care has resulted in real world action and protection.
My story is one that is repeated by millions over across the world. While the original Flipper might have lived a tragically short life, because of his life, and him being in everyone’s living room, when it came to light that Dolphins were being caught in Tuna nets, people who felt that emotional connection to Flipper, were outraged, and staged boycotts, that were successful and how have saved the lives of thousands upon thousands of dolphins.
So while Flippers life was short, he saved a generation of dolphins.
This all being said, I have met a lot of people who work and care for the animals at SeaWorld, and I had the pleasure of meeting Dawn a number of times before her tragic death, and I have never met a group of people more dedicated to the care, happiness and health of the animals in their charge.
So please don’t just join the band wagon against SeaWorld. Take a moment and be grateful that SeaWorld exists and that because of it, generations of Marine life will be protected because people connect with it on a personal level when they visit SeaWorld.
I stand with you SeaWorld!