Seaworld trainer on facebook posted her thoughts about BWP and the proposed ban on breeding.
“Beyond frustrated right now. Please be advised, a long rant begins here.
I don’t understand how so many people turn their back on the very place that is directly responsible for making them come to know and fall in love with killer whales? Before SeaWorld, these animals were feared, mindlessly hunted, and actually used as target practice, and today they are one of the most loved animals in the world. I would have NEVER had the opportunity to see such an animal up close and personal during my childhood if SeaWorld didn’t exist. That type of connection cannot be replicated anywhere else, and I cannot even begin to express the impact it had on me as a child. It has shaped me into the environmentally aware and animal loving adult that I am today.
With the California Coastal Commission’s approval of SeaWorld’s killer whale enclosure expansion, comes a stipulation to ban the breeding and movement of a whale and/or genetic material in or out of California, and that is completely outrageous and unacceptable. Just like you cannot force a 10,000 pound animal to do ANYTHING, you cannot stop them from breeding either. In order to fulfill that demand, SeaWorld is left with two options: separate males and females for the rest of their lives (I’m talking keeping pools in between them because they can definitely still breed through a gating system if so desired by the animal) and separate and disrupt the social structure, or have all of the females on birth control for the rest of their lives, where there is still a possibility of pregnancy occurring. Please be reminded that both of these options are something that animal rights activists have complained about; stating inaccurately that we separate families of whales, or that we drug up all of the animals in our care. One cannot complain about these issues, yet enforce them.
Before the announcement of our plans to expand the exhibit, those who oppose SeaWorld claimed the enclosures are too small. Now SeaWorld is essentially being told to accept imminent extinction of killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego, or simply be denied the opportunity to further enhance the lives of these whales by nearly doubling the exhibit from 5 million gallons to 10 million, and an overall surface area of 1.5 acres. Not to mention all of the new enrichment that would be added with the advancements that have been made in technology. That logic is without reason, completely unjustified, and beyond hypocritical. It also tells me that those who voted on this proposal do not actually care about the animals involved and how they will be effected by this decision, at all.
The whole point of this expansion is to continue what SeaWorld has always done: be a world leader in animal care, to evolve and improve allowing us to better understand these amazing animals and share that knowledge with others, and to educate the public on the importance of conservation efforts. Because we are a for profit company, we have the ability to take top notch care for the animals we house and offer our assistance to animals in need out in the wild.
When there’s an oil spill, who is there to assist and clean up the animals? SeaWorld. When there’s an unusual mortality event such as the massive die off of sea lions, who is there to provide care for these sick animals and get them healthy again so they can be returned to the wild? SeaWorld. (I actually worked close to 80 hours of overtime in addition to normal 40 hour work weeks during this event). When there’s a whale entanglement issue, who is there to assist and provide experience to ensure the whale is freed of the trash that a human has deposited into its environment? SeaWorld. When there’s a stranded manatee, who is one of the three facilities in the world qualified to rescue and rehabilitate it? SeaWorld. When there is a stranded dolphin or whale, who is one of a very small handful of facilities in the world qualified and equipped to rescue and rehabilitate it? SeaWorld. Who do non-profit rescue facilities turn to in times of need? SeaWorld.
As if that isn’t enough, in 2013 alone, SeaWorld and Busch Garden’s Conservation fund granted 1.2 million dollars to 93 different conservation projects around the world. They have awarded over 11 million dollars in conservation grants to over 800 organizations since the creation of this non-profit private foundation in 2003.
There is a common theme in this post, and it is one of hypocrisy. The activists and scientists who claim SeaWorld needs to go away are the very same people who would like to, instead of SeaWorld, house the animals in their care (because they believe they would do a better job), and/or sentence them to imminent death by releasing them into the ocean, which a signifiant majority of the whales have never seen because they were born at SeaWorld. They only care about their personal ideals and gains, not about the best interest of the animals.
If you made it this far, thanks for sticking it out and reading till the end. I will always stand up for these animals and continue to be a good steward for them and their wild counter parts. Always.”
Absolutely love this. Thank you Melissa for voicing your opinion!