SeaWorld have been dealt a huge blow after the California Coastal Commission allowed them the $100mn they need to expand the tanks they use to hold their Killer Whales in their park in San Diego, but attached an amendment to the deal which bans the breeding of the captive Orcas.
Obviously the decision has been widely praised by animal rights activists and unsurprisingly SeaWorld have come out in the own defense by releasing a statement which read, “Breeding is a natural, fundamental and important part of an animal’s life and depriving a social animal of the right to reproduce is inhumane.”
SeaWorld has been struggling ever since the release of Blackfish, a film so damning of the company’s use of animal it has been widely described as “the film SeaWorld doesn’t want you to see.” The documentary argues that the highly unpleasant practices of the company lead to the violent actions of the Orcas that the media have been reporting on for years now. It also claimed that certain mothers were medicated after having their calves taken from them, knowing that they would act out against their trainers and become violent if left to their own devices.
The news comes not long after the high profile arrest of Jackass’ Steve-O, who climbed a crane with an inflatable whale in protest of the way animals are treated by SeaWorld. It seems that Steve-O may have cause for celebration despite the fact his protest was not treated with the respect I’m assuming he was hoping for. Hopefully we’ll get to see Jackass star exercising his right to protest again in the near future, perhaps helping towards yet more legislation that betters the lives of animals that have been forced into captivity for the entertainment of human beings.
How do you feel about the decision? Leave us a comment below and let us know whether or not you’re for or against this move towards better practices towards captive animals. Should they have allowed them the money for the tanks while simultaneously making them obsolete by disallowing the continued breeding of Killer Whales? Let us know exactly what you think and whether or not you think it should’ve been handled differently.