SeaWorldMike, I am attempting to have a "true conversation" with you. In rhetoric, appealing to emotions is a vital tool in persuasion. I have used it and will continue to use it to get people to think about an issue I believe in. Please do not rebuke me for using a rheotorical method that is the oldest and most effective use of persuasion.
No I will not concede that point, for the reasons I gave in my original post. Your use of those things in comparison to the cetaceans at SeaWorld is absolutely not in any way correct. If we can't base a conversation on the realities of cetacean captivity without resorting to incorrect and deliberately emotionally manipulative rhetoric, then we can't have a true conversation about it at all.
SeaWorldMike, you state that I am factually incorrect to compare Orca inside of SeaWorld to that of various forms of captivity. By what powers of divinity gives you this right to declare that my comparisions are incorrect? Is it just your own singular opinion? Again, back this source.
My orca captivity analogies are essentially stolen from far greater people than myself. Here is my proof that my analogies are based in truth:
"There is about as much educational benefit to be gained in studying dolpins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary." Jacques CousteauSeaWorldMike, you asked me to re-read your post. I did. I also listened to your podcast and the comments garnered from your podcasts. Here are my conclusions: Your opinions reflect that of a SeaWorld apologist. The podcast seemed very one sided to that of the views of SeaWorld. You did not offer, or concede any points raised by the movie. I also note that in the comment section of the podcast many writers expressed the opinion that your views were one sided toward SeaWorld.
"No Aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea, and no dolphin who inhaits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal." Jacques Cousteau
"I've been studying orca for over twenty years officially, unofficially since I was about six years old. It's been at least fifteen years studying them in the wild before I saw my first orca in captivity...and I was so devasted that I literally threw up. I vomited right there and then in front of these orca because I was just so horrified about what was going on with these animals in captivity." Dr. Ingrid Visser.
"One faction views SeaWorld as a Garden Hilton for killer whales, and the other views it as Hanoi Hilton for killer whales." David Kirby, author of Death at SeaWorld
I know that you are a co-host of the unofficial podcast for SeaWorld. Are you afraid to offer a criticism of SeaWorld regarding the health (mental, not necessarily physical) and well being of the orcas at SeaWorld? Are you or Micechat compensated by SeaWorld, either financially or by benefit of gift or access to the park? I think it would be important to disclose your or Micechat's biases.
I am not compensated in any way by animal activist groups whatsoever. Nor am I member of any such group.