I recently watched Blackfish, the documentary that covers the plight of Orcas held in captivity for our entertainment.
First off, this is NOT an easy topic for me to write about, as I have many fond memories of taking the family to Sea World and enjoying this popular Aquatic Theme Park as a child.
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Not An Easy Topic
It’s not easy for me, especially when I have worked as a musician at Sea World for Corporate Events and also on the big stage entertaining the crowds.
But, I will simply quote what I said on Facebook:
“and it has made me think deeply about the plight of Orcas held in captivity for our amusement. my heart goes out to the trainers killed or injured by Orcas.
the documentary shows Orcas in their natural habitat, swimming hundreds (if not thousands) of miles in the open oceans, socializing with their own species in great numbers. and that is their ideal scenario. it’s obvious that the aquatic enclosures at Sea World are far too small for these magnificent creatures.
their lives are definitely compromised for our entertainment.”
And it doesn’t help that I am a compassionate person who loves and respects animals.
And going back to being a vegetarian, not just for health reasons, but to exercise my compassion for animals.
Orcas are Intelligent Creatures
So much so that I recently renewed my membership to PETA.
I Rejoined PETA
Yes, I know that there is a small minority of PETA extremists who make most PETA supporters out to be extreme animal activists too.
But overall, PETA’s purpose is to show compassion for animals and respecting their rights as living, sentient beings.
Of course, I show no ill-will against those who hate PETA, who support the meat industry or corporations who treat animals cruelly.
I only have compassion, because that is what this is all about… compassion.
But if you haven’t seen the movie yet, I encourage you to do so. It will truly open your eyes about the whole process of capturing baby Orcas, holding them in captivity, training them for our amusement, and to help profiting corporations.
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And I close with some quotes from film critics on RottenTomatoes.com:
“Blackfish” is a disturbing movie, one that will make you rethink parks like SeaWorld and their value. —Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
“Blackfish” is grim. But then again, so is the plight of these magnificent, intelligent whales. —Tom Long, Detroit News
Perhaps the documentary form does have the potential to effect sweeping social change. Only time will tell. —Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you’ll never mock that sentiment again. —Anthony Quinn, Independent