Citing public scrutiny, SeaWorld recently announced the end of its captive breeding program for killer whales. Even though the mortality rate for whales in captivity is 2.5 times higher than orcas in the wild and despite continued opposition to their other marine shows, SeaWorld will continue to deprive their existing whales, dolphins, and other animals of their freedom and exploit them for profit. Regardless, here is a sample of responses from SeaWorld fans on their Facebook page after they announced the end of their orca breeding program.
Animal advocates should find these comments instructive. They reveal the depth of misunderstanding, shortsightedness, and self-interest that exists in the pro-confinement movement. These comments also provide necessary insight into how much work we have ahead of us to educate the public about how to enjoy marine and wildlife without confining, abusing, exploiting, and even killing them for profit. I hope their words inspire you to get involved, stay involved, or get more involved in the process of advocating for animals.