Sea World: Diving Beneath the Surface of their Treatment of Animals


 

Sea
World seems like it could be a dream come true for animal lovers,
offering a fun filled place full of exotic sea life on display for
the family to see. On the surface, it’s the perfect backdrop for
family memories, but look below the surface and you’ll learn some
disturbing truths about the way Sea World treats their gorgeous
animals.

In
2015, people around the world were shocked and saddened when three of
their orcas died within a 12 month time frame. Ex Sea World orca
trainer John Hargrove left the park after 14 years of working with
the orcas. He became a prominent voice in the outrage against the
living conditions of these animals at Sea World.

He
is quoted in The Daily Mail saying, “what continues to go on in
parks like Sea World is an abomination.”

Hargrove
continued his interview speaking about the too small tanks and pools
the orcas struggle to survive in. He mentioned the orca he worked
with, named Katsatka, lived out her days “in misery, in barbaric
and horrific conditions, and died in agony.”

Hargrove
isn’t wrong. Over the years, it has come out that Sea World treats
these animals less than humanely. From the time these animals are
captured they are mistreated. Many orcas have been killed in effort
to catch them, including Shamu’s mother, who was killed right in
front of Shamu. After hearing of the killer whale that swam with her
infant’s body for days after the infant died, the world caught a
glimpse of the strong familial bonds these animals have with each
other. That said, it must have been devastating for Shamu to witness
her mother’s murder.

Once
caught, these animals are ripped away from their family units and
forced to live in tiny living spaces. Most dolphins and whales can
swim upwards of a hundred miles in one day. They are then forced to
live in tiny, shallow pools and tanks, that would be similar to
forcing a human to live in a space the size of a bathtub. Many of the
orcas suffer multiple sunburns each year because their pools are too
shallow to shield their skin from the sun. Workers then hide these
sunburns with black zinc oxide so the public can’t see how hurt
these animals are.

So what can you do to demand better treatment for the magnificent but unfortunate animals at Sea World? You can say no to visiting Sea World and supporting these unethical practices. You can also help fight animal cruelty with a donation to the National Humane Society. We have been committed to ending animal cruelty for over 25 years and every penny goes to help save an animal from abuse and poor living conditions, like those at Sea World parks.

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