- Posted October 25, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Orcas Have Served Their Time and Purpose in Captivity
Read how it's sparked conversations about visiting SeaWorld
Have you watched the "Blackfish" documentary? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or upload your own commentary to CNN iReport.
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
The captive Orcas have served their purpose as martyrs for all those in the wild. Taking the young away from these superior intelligent, feeling creatures in the wild and even in captivity, is cruel. It is also equally cruel to confine a whale who can swim for hundreds of miles to a lifetime in a cement tank. Ultimately, all in the name of greed now. I agree that Seaworld has educated people about the intelligence of Orcas. We now admire and love a species we had little knowledge of, but the time has come for change. Just like it has become distasteful to intelligent, caring people to see elephants and big cats performing in circuses, the same goes for the whales. Yes, Seaworld has done much good in saving other sea life, such as JJ the Whale in California. I was fortunate enough to see JJ and visit Seaworld during that time, an unforgettable experience for me being born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. But compassion and knowledge of our fellow creatures has evolved to a higher level over the past 40 years, since Seaworld began. If Seaworld truly cares about the welfare of their captive Orcas, and not just ultimately greed, then why not capitalize on doing the right thing--become a hero to the world. Open a sea cove sanctuary where all the existing captive whales can be released to live out their long lives--longer than some of our life spans. Resort areas could be built nearby, and Seaworld could continue to rake in the paying customers for viewing and feedings, all with good conscience and admiration for a job well done. Make it a true success story and the highest success story for a magnificent fellow creature of Planet Earth!
In the meantime, my family will not perpetuate, contribute or go to any Seaworld as it is presently operated.