Orca whales held in captivity
Orca whales have been held in captivity since 1961. Helpless victims of a blatantly commercial experiment which has seen dozens of wild orcas taken away from their families and forced to live in artificial social groupings which bear scant resemblance to their natural order.
This growing uneasiness with the concept of keeping orcas in captivity has only been increased by the renowned documentary blackfish,documenting the reality of the captives’ existence. Despite the best attempts of display industry to blow a smokescreen over such negative publicity,the wider the world is increasingly aware that all is not well in fantasy-land. In recent years, first trickle, then a steady torrent,of incidents have been reported.A growing catalogue of ‘accidents’,illness,failed pregnancies,and premature deaths that have helped to show up this industry for the cruel circus that it really is.
As of December 2014 a total of 57 orcas are held in captivity (22 wild-captured plus 35 captive-born) at least 14 marine parks in 8 different countries.
Keeping orcas in captivity since the 1960’s and through time many individuals have lived in several aquariums.Many orcas were captured in their natural habitat and then transported,but others were born,raised and died in an aquarium.At present,it is estimated that their are over 40 orcas in captivity.some even see pictures and videos of orcas being beat I have even seen pictures of orcas on the beach sand bleading. there is no explanation why this is happening.
Following several attacks on trainers, animal advocates and the general public has put the captivity of orcas under scrutiny.They claim that the confinement is simply a form of animal abuse concealed by the happy,magical and magnificent appearance of the shows.
Many stories around this theme are alleged.The parks have been accused of forcing orcas to have induced artificial behaviors in unnatural habitats,to encourage its violent hunt, to keep them inadequate conditions in terms of size and health of the water tanks, to interfere with their natural behavior,decrease their expectation of life, and more. According to the WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) organization at least 44 orcas have died in SeaWorld.
One of the most famous orcas is Keiko,who played willy in the film in the American film free willy (1993). He was captured in Iceland when he was just two years old, after being rescued from a fishing nets. During his life,he went through several aquariums and got used to interacting with people,but after starring in the film society began to protest to get his freedom. In 2002 he was reintroduced to the ocean,but he never adapted to the wild. He rarely interacted with other orcas and never joined a herd. Keiko died in 2003, shortly after reintroduction.
A more recent case in Tilikum, a captive killer whale (aka:Orca Whales) at SeaWorld in Orlando,Florida. He was involved in the death of three people two experienced coaches. Some time ago a documentary called Blackfish,which exposes the dangers that the animals face (and not just orcas) when staying in artificial conditions and under constant trainings was released; these dangers were not only to themselves but also to humans in contact with them. In contrast SeaWorld and other parks have rejected bills that want to ban captive orcas.
- Free Orcas
Discussions on this issue are more active today than ever. But meanwhile it is essential to put to work and take action to protect these animals.
I think we needs to take a stand and fight for the killer whales freedom.
# Free The Tanks
we all need to take a stand and free the killer whales