The Anti-SeaWorld Bill goes viral and has gained enormous support from online community.
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I really hope that fukkin’ bill banning orcas in California doesn’t get considered, let alone passed.Good to know that corporate advocates consist of misogynist assholes with an orca pregnancy fetish and can’t read for a lick. (Ingrid Visser isn’t even involved in the bill, you inept shit).
Dorsal collapse has to do with the collagen within the dorsal fin. Dorsal fins are composed of fibrous, connective tissue. Less than one percent of orcas in the wild have collapsed dorsal fins (Dave Ellifrit & Astrid van Ginneken)
What leads to collapse in wild whales: Wild orcas seen with dorsal collapse had explainable reasons as to why it occurred. This includes spinal issues or injury from other orcas or surfaces that weakened the tissue, causing it to flop over. It was also documented that there was collapse in a few bulls in Prince William Sound after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.
Dorsal fin collapse can also indicate signs of poor health. If the orca is dehydrated, the tissue is weakened. If an orca is near getting a “peanut head” (a “peanut head” is a shape of an orca head just prior to death. It usually is a sunken area behind the neck), its fin is going to collapse.
In captivity, the orcas do not face any currents or obstacles that strengthen their muscles. This leads to “pattern swimming”. Pattern swimming is repeatedly swimming in the same manner, such as clockwise or counterclockwise. This creates only one side of pressure against their body. The fin collapses in the direction the pressure is forcing it to.
Orcas rest at the surface in captivity out of boredom and stress. The fin is weightless under the water, but since they’re above it, gravity pulls the fin downward.
In many parks, including Seaworld, the water is warmer than it should be. This is so trainers can go in the water. The warmer water can take part in dehydrating them.
Hydration is key to preventing the tissues from weakening. Orcas extract fluids from their food to keep themselves hydrated. The orcas are deprived of the right nutrients they must intake since their food is dry and dead already. Also, orcas are given less food than what they would get in the wild, believe it or not. Less relative food leads to less water intake.
So it is proven captivity IS the reason Tilikum, Ulises, Kshamenk, Keet, Bingo, Keto, Kyuquot, and Tuar have collapsed dorsal fins, and from negative impact on their lives and bodies.
Captivity is not okay. It just isn’t.
This is SeaWorld’s worst nightmare — Californians are saying enough to orca captivity.It’s about time someone steps up to protect whales.
Another petition. Sign please.
…With a lot of false information. Please do your research and realize that SeaWorld is NOT the bad guy. More to follow on why…
No. Here you go again. How hard is it to listen to the other side of the story? We live in a…
And do you, corporate activists, listen to the other side of the story? No. Anti-captivity articles, papers and researches are all “biased”. Movies, books, videos… are all “linked to PETA”. Anti-caps an scientists are all “extreme activists”.
To start I’d like to state I’m not from “Blackfish movement”. I support the movie, but I’ve been anti-cap long before.
Yes, It’s here we go again because we’ve had 1 million posts on Tumblr about how Blackfish is “lying”.
SeaWorld hasn’t collected a killer whale from the wild in more than 35 years.
Blackfish never claimed they still capture. I’m pretty sure they will, if given opportunity. They will also have partnership with the Russian new facilities that hold captured Orcas.
There’s Morgan who was “rescued” and now belongs to SeaWorld. She will be forced to breed and perform for the rest of her life.
SeaWorld also have a partnership with Beluga hunters to get parts of slaughtered whales.
SeaWorld doesn’t separate mothers and calves. Only when it’s “necessary”.
Yes, they do. Was it “necessary” to separate Takara and Trua? Or Skyla and Kalina?
They also had plans of moving Kalia to SWT before Blackfish.
Samanta Berg claimed to be the trainer showed in the footage.
No. She didn’t.
The movie is disrespectful to Dawn’s memory.
The only “disrespectful” thing to her memory is SeaWorld blaming her for her own death.
SeaWorld never blamed Dawn.
Yes. They did.
It’s a one-sided documentary.
They asked SeaWorld for an interview. They declined it.
SeaWorld don’t use punishment
Yes, they do. The whales will eat less for “important shows”, mothers and calves will be kept separated as punishment for disrupting shows and Gudrun was severely punished by being placed with Kanduke, who would rape her.
The whales are not bored or depressed,
I wouldn’t describe this as happiness:
Wonderful reply, teamorkid. That just about debunks everything on SeaWorld’s Blackfish page on their website. However I’ve never heard about the Kanduke/Gudrun thing, do you have anything I could read on that? Now I’m curious.
“Animals were dominated using physical intimidation & food deprivation. Whales were (and sometimes still are) punished for misbehaving. For example Gudrun would get punished for not separating into the Katina clan social group. She would not want to be with Katina because Katina (or her offspring) would beat her up. So when Gudrun would refuse, I witnessed her being put into the same pool configuration with Kanduke (or him let in with her) to punish her. This was done to send her a message that if she didn’t do what she was asked to do, there would be consequences for that. In this case, she would get pursued (basically raped) by Kanduke. Another form of abuse is withholding food so animals will remain still for tooth drilling, which is done to the animals without any type of anesthetic. ” - Jeffrey Ventre, Ex-SeaWorld Trainer [x]
Lawmaker was inspired to act by the documentary “Blackfish.”
You guys, I am so unbelievably (insert explicative here) pissed right now. Not because I’m worried about San Diego’s economy and tourism (although it is important), but because this bill HURTS killer whales, rather than help them. I’m sorry that Richard Bloom watched a biased, misleading, agenda filled “documentary” and decided that he now knows what’s best for the welfare of killer whales. Just the fact that Bloom is being backed by PETA, animal activists, and the director of that shit film, proves to me that there is an agenda behind this bill. Seriously, this guy just wants to get popular, and PETA, well they’re just in their own special, little world and I won’t even go there. Nothing will be accomplished by passing this bill, except for the spreading of ignorance!
It proposes that killer whales would be banned from performing in shows. Except for killer whales would still be performing all those same behaviors, just not in a show setting. Do you ban specific behaviors, too? What does that accomplish? All it does is remove the opportunity for the public to be inspired to care for and protect killer whales, other marine animals, and the oceans in general. It also takes away a massive amount of enrichment for the whales.
And just in case that wasn’t reason enough to not support the bill, it also proposes that breeding would come to an end. What I would like to ask Richard Bloom is, how do you stop a 4 to 6 ton killer whale from naturally breeding? By keeping males and females separate all their lives? By putting females on BC their entire lives? You can’t just stop them from doing this natural behavior. AI is not the only way killer whales are bred, and this practice is used so whales don’t have to be flown to other facilities, which can be very time consuming, costly, and stressful on the animals.
Bloom has absolutely ZERO concern for the killer whales and is just looking to gain popularity off of something that is a hot topic at the moment. This is just another PETA backed proposal with an agenda against SeaWorld.
SERIOUSLY CAN PRO CAPS STOP USING THE WORD “AGENDA” AS A COMEBACK BECAUSE IT MAKES NO SENSE. EVERYBODY has an agenda. My agenda is to go to school and get good grades to get into vet school. SeaWorld’s has an agenda too and that is to make money off the whales and (unsuccessfully) suppress bad PR they’ve been getting because of Blackfish. Robert Bloom’s agenda is to get this bill passed for the good of the whales.
This bill isn’t going to immediately release the whales, because that’s not possible for them because of health reasons and because some (captive born) cannot be integrated into a pod. We’re simply moving them to a sea pen, where try would receive care from veterinarians and caretakers like they always have. And just because the bill would eliminate shows does not mean they’d be bored. Do you know how much more stimulating the ever-changing ocean is than a concrete SeaWorld tank? And yes, breeding would become a thing of the past because because birth control is a thing. They can still mate if they choose, there would just be no more calves.
Those tags are fucking ghastly. But didn’t you forget this legendary queen?
You know, the one whose expertise and activism for cetaceans’ welfare will be their ticket to freedom and incidentally shits on SeaWorld and every other procap in the game? I know it’s hard, as a grown man, to deal with the fact that you might lose your very favorite toys but that’s really no reason to turn into a pressed, misogynistic biiiiiitch. Get your life together.
just wow. Did Ingrid Visser even have anything to do with this bill? Not to mention that she wasn’t even at the press conference nor did she appear in Blackfish. Talk about irrational hate
I respect the people who actually make the effort to study orcas (and other cetaceans) in their natural habitats, instead of the clowns who promote and justify their confinement for amusement purposes. I respect those researchers a fuckton more than your worthless orca cheerleaders at SeaWorld.
While we cannot comment on Assemblyman Bloom’s proposed legislation until we see it, the individuals he has chosen to associate with for today’s press conference are well known extreme animal rights activists, many of whom regularly campaign against SeaWorld and other accredited marine mammal parks and institutions. Included in the group are some of the same activists that partnered with PETA in bringing the meritless claim that animals in human care should be considered slaves under the 13th amendment of the US Constitution - a clear publicity stunt. This legislation appears to reflect the same sort of out-of-the-mainstream thinking. SeaWorld, one of the world’s most respected zoological institutions, already operates under multiple federal, state and local animal welfare laws.
In addition to being one of the most respected members of the business community, SeaWorld also is a global leader in the zoological and animal welfare world. We are deeply committed to the health and well-being of all of our animals and killer whales are no exception. Our passionate employees are the true animal advocates - the pioneering scientists, researchers, veterinarians, trainers, marine biologists, educators, aquarists, aviculturists and conservationists who for 50 years have cared for the animals at SeaWorld and also saved thousands in the wild that are injured, ill or orphaned.
We engage in business practices that are responsible, sustainable and reflective of the balanced values all Americans share.
1. Dragging respected anticap authorities’ names through the mud? Check.
2. Redirecting the focus to unrelated topics like SeaWorld’s rescuing seals and manatees and whatnot? Check, check.
3. Use of weasel words to create an Us vs. Them mentality that would do HUAC proud? Check, check and another check, baby.
Folks, SeaWorld is America, in all its animal advocatin’, baby-seal lovin’ glory and those animal extremists have probably had sex with terriorists while trying to take away your guns and make you pay for the orcas’ birth control. So you know what you must do, my fellow Americans? That’s right, buy a ticket to their theme park and show those France loving animal terrorists you know how to pull the wool over your own eyes to the detriment of all other species on the planet.
~*~One nation under Shamu~*~