The once beloved amusement park/aquarium SeaWorld has announced that they will no longer keep orcas at their marine parks once the current ones die.
SeaWorld came under heavy criticism for its practices after the documentary Blackfish showcased the embarrassingly cruel practices of keeping killer whales in confinement. The whales are considered to be amongst the most intelligent animals and have been known to attack their handlers.
SeaWorld watched as their bottom line dwindled as public opinion swayed against their theatrical shows showcasing the Whales. This is an interesting first step in the ethics debate surrounding the keeping of animals. This is an interesting first step in the ethics debate surrounding the keeping of animals in confinement. It is scientifically accepted that the orcas have
This is an interesting first step in the ethics debate surrounding the keeping of animals in confinement. It is scientifically accepted that the orcas have social tendencies similar to humans, with strong family units. Human empathy was strong enough to sway public support against the SeaWorld practice of splitting these family units and keeping the animals in far too small habitats.
There are other animals that similarly have tremendous intelligence and social patterns kept in captivity including dolphins and elephants, and the debate will surely swing towards the humanity of keeping these animals in confinement.
The announcement from SeaWorld has been cause for celebration for many.