'A Californian congressmen has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's imprisonment of orcas any longer.'
Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes
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- Where are the orcas currently in captivity going to go? Do you want them to be released? Are they suitably adapted for life in the wild (short answer: NO)? Remember when everyone wanted to free Keiko after watching Free Willy? It didn’t go so well. Okay then, so what? You transfer them to a different facility, just not one in California (this presumes other facilities have the room and the resources for them)? What does that accomplish, exactly?
- Hey, I bet you saw Blackfish or heard of Blackfish! What Blackfish isn’t is an unbiased documentary. People have spoken out about how deceptive the film is (I invite you to click the links but tl;dr it was meant to be an Oscar vehicle and they squashed all attempts to make it an honest film about the subject matter). I’m sure you love animals and want the best for them. So do their caretakers—people who have been highly trained to look after their welfare.
Here’s the thing: if you love cetaceans, releasing the ones in captivity isn’t going to do a damn thing to help their continued survival. You’re just gonna wind up with some dead whales and dolphins who couldn’t cut it in the wild. Contribute to organizations which protect sea life. Volunteer to clean up your beaches. Reduce the amount of plastic trash you produce. Eat less fish. Urge your politicians to vote on measures to protect fisheries and the aquatic environment.
Signing this petition, however, isn’t going to measurably improve the quality of life for these animals. You care and that’s good, but you’re being led by the heart and not with the head.
If you think that orcas should not be allowed to live in captivity, an all out ban is a terrible way to go. Animals will only be hurt by this. Ending captive breeding programs (Bridgette Pirtle’s suggestion as well) and capture (is this still legal in the US?) would be a much more humane route. They mention something about a seaside sanctuary, but I’ve found no specifics on the idea.