As much as I am opposed to mistreatment of any living creature, has anyone taken the time to see what benefit Sea World and similar business bring to the table?
- How many of you would never have EVER actually seen such creatures if not by such business?
- Despite recent incidents of human injury or death by interaction with these creatures, does it not amaze you that humans and these creatures are capable of interaction at all?
- Where else can both human and creature learn such interaction and demonstrate the actual cooperation with each other?
- Would your children of ever had the opportunity to actually see the wondrous sea creatures elsewhere? Their children?
It is easy to find fault with such a business, but face it, most of us have never actually seen any of these creatures except at such a place. Our education relative to these creatures is severely limited because we have so little interaction with the sea. You would have to expect that if you were to dangle your little hand in front of a dolphin or piss off a killer whale either in captivity or in the wild . . . You can get hurt.
Let’s consider another possibility . . .
- How many of these creatures would still be alive today if left in the wild?
- How many would have been subjected to ecological disaster?
- How may would have met the end of life due to natural predator?
- How many would have been captured and killed due to fishing?
I do not support the mistreatment of animals, or humans. I do believe that there is a better way for handling of such creatures. But, I also believe that when you consider that most of our nation will never see a real live whale except on television that bringing some into captivity to learn from is important. I do not know where changes could be made to make this a better situation for everyone, but elimination of these type of business is not a good idea in my opinion.
I do not have any answers, just a lot of questions . . . However, the video below demonstrates how important it is that we leave these wonderful creatures alone to live their lives in the freedom of their natural habitat.