I am amazed, stunned, shocked, emotionally overwhelmed.
SeaWorld have announced the end of their captive breeding of Orca (Killer whales). This may seem preferable to taking them from the wild, which used horrific methods. But neither one was forgivable or preferable.
In the wild, offspring have lifetime attachments to their mothers. At SeaWorld they were divided while far too young. Mothers are bred too young. Calves have poor survival rates. Adults have short life expectancies compared to in the wild. And don’t get me started on the whole living in a chlorinated box for your whole life issue.
So SeaWorld have finally woken up and listened to the public, government, celebrities, children and campaigners. As well as no more breeding, they will be phasing out the circus shows. Though I don’t see what else they could do as their stock will get older and die off. With no new youngsters to train, they have no other choice do they!
After years of campaigning against something I have felt so strongly about suddenly reaching its goal, how do I feel..? Hmm. Light-headed, invincible, proud to have been a part of the battle, light (with a heavy load having been lifted from my shoulders), and very emotional. But happy. And it is such a good reminder that when there are injustices, we can fight and win.
The next phase of this battle will be about the remaining captive Orca. Some believe that they should be released in to the wild, regardless of where they were born. Some believe that they should have retirement in super large enclosed marine parks. Personally I would wish for a case by case review. Some of the older Orca were taken from the wild and very likely still have family members who would remember them. Researchers have proved that Orca are truly wonderful and generous and caring when it comes to looking after each other in their family pods. But those that were born in captivity? How do we honestly know how they would fare in the wild? All they have ever seen are concrete walls and dead fish… But does this give us the right to continue playing God and making decisions for them?
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