Thank you and first off, let me tell you how jealous of you I am because your parents are marine biologists. I can only imagine that your childhood was the bomb diggity.
Well I support seaworld for a number of reasons, the primary of which is the great potential they have to educate and inspire the public. I also have not seen evidence that suggests cetaceans suffer to a greater degree in captivity than in the wild. As for the company itself, I’m sure it’s the CEO’s you don’t support but remember that the majority of Seaworld is made up of people who want to dedicate their lives to animals and the environment. That’s the kind of passion I get behind. Of course there’s also their rescue and rehab, the joy they bring to many and the thousands they employ.
No orcas are not goldfish, but they aren’t people either. Orcas are a species of animal that have been separated from us for millions of years, their brains and lives are quite different from our own and thus we can’t assume that they have the same arbitrary and romantic notions we do. To put it simply, just because we feel orcas live undignified lives in captivity does not mean orcas even have an understanding of what dignity is.
If you’d like to learn more about my opinion feel free to send me another ask. I am a big supporter of discussion and understanding between the two sides!