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Comments for Seaworld announces end of all orca breeding, last generation to remain at park habitats

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  1. Greg

    It’s amazing how a “documentary” full of lies and misrepresentations – Blackfish – can cause such a change, instead of being really called to the carpet publicly for being so deliberately false.

    1. Monty

      Question. Even if Blackfish is full of lies, do you think the actions Sea World did today are ethically/morally/intrinsically good moves?

      I kinda do. For a long time the whale shows have somewhat bothered me…. I cannot explain why but I have always felt it was somewhat wrong. Admittedly, the first whale show I ever saw was at the Miami Seaquarium, which houses their whales in much older, smaller environments.

      From a business perspective this was the only choice. I love roller coasters, but I have not been over to Sea World in years because besides the roller coaster the rest of the park either disappointed or disturbed me. The park’s actions today have not convinced me to come back, but It certainly has opened the door for that possibility.

      1. EricJ

        “Question. Even if Blackfish is full of lies, do you think the actions Sea World did today are ethically/morally/intrinsically good moves?”

        If they’re done out of fear of an audience disingenuously motivated to hysteria, no.
        SeaWorld’s announcement that “We’ve never taken an orca from the wild, but starting today we’re not going to do it anymore,” is basically and openly ACCEPTING their punishment for an accused crime they didn’t commit.

        If AK decided that their treatment of white rhinos was objectionable to the audience, and decided to end their zoological care of them and let them take their endangered chances in the wild, would that be an ethical move, PC documentary or not?

        1. Monty

          I guess I kinda buried the lead in my comment. Sea World doing what they did was the right business move, because people will view it as a humane or otherwise “good” move.

          I bet their were significant measurable amounts of potential guests who were put off by the shows, and Sea World’s actions today address this problem.

          I am not a animal rights activist, or anything like that, but for some reason Sea World (specifically the whale shows) did not appeal to me (While AK and Busch Gardens did). Is this hypocritical. Yes, quite possibly so. Nonetheless, I was still a potential guest who was not inclined to visit Sea World. Now, after todays news, I am more inclined to go.

          1. Monty

            And no, I have not seen Blackfish because it looked so damn depressing and boring.

    2. Is

      Lies? How do we know what the truth is? Please share, I would love to know.

  2. Greg

    Lies, because one of the former Sea World trainers that was featured in the movie, very publicly said that her quotes were taken completely out of context, and when she complained, the producers tried to hush her up. She also said that many of the things mentioned in the film are completely wrong, and the producers knew, because she, if no one else, told them that, BEFORE the movie was released.

    If animals are being abused, I am certainly opposed to that. But I am not aware of proof of that, in regards to Sea World. The people that train the animals are animal lovers, so it doesn’t make sense. If having them in captivity is in and of itself abuse, then fling open all the doors of zoos worldwide – oh and when that is done, you doom many species that are extinct in the wild.

  3. Garaan

    I think it’s an admirable (and honestly, unavoidable) decision on Sea World’s part. The argument over orcas, mainly, is that they’re really too intelligent and too large to be cooped up in a pen. We got rid of the zoo enclosures that were 20 feet on a side; it’s time this sort of pen is phased out too. To be clear, I also think Blackfish was a horribly biased and damaging production and I don’t agree with basically anything regarding how it was made or presented, but it’s out there, lots of people believe whatever drek is dumped in their lap by the media anyway, so the only recourse Sea World has to keeping afloat is to bow to public opinion. Otherwise there’s just more and more people painting them as the cruel bad guys.

    Anyway, as others have pointed out, they don’t NEED to have them anymore. What used to be the main draw of the park has now been replaced by roller coasters, massive interactive displays, and other such fancy things. Honestly, I give them a lot of credit for managing to hang on this long, when similar parks (Marineland springs to mind) have failed years ago. They adapt with the times, and have managed to stay afloat because of it, when other parks have not, and suffered the consequence.

  4. Reagan greer

    OK i got to work at seaworld for a couple of years just to pay off my school and apartment and these are all lies they took good care of all the animals gave them the right food and most certain of all they loved the animals. they never treated them like garbage or any thing the loved them like they were part of there family

  5. Dave

    Regardless of everything being discussed Sea World needed to do this or face bankruptcy and possibly liquidation, they have been losing money like crazy the past few years. Manby did what he needed to do to save the company.

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