Watching the grief an animal goes through when it loses a family member can only be described as “human.”
However, these changes don't happen without the efforts of committed and compassionate citizens across the country. Their voices--when raised in unison, with authority, and with fearlessness--can effect change most significantly.
Tilikum, the SeaWorld orca whale profiled in the film ‘Blackfish,’ has died.
The whale’s involvement in a trainer’s death inspired the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.”
The move radically changes the business model of the controversial marine mammal park.
With nowhere to go and no way to pass the hours at SeaWorld, captive orcas often gnaw on the concrete and iron-bar tank separators, sometimes breaking their teeth and leaving the pulp exposed and painfully raw.
From what I know about orca public relations, I think SeaWorld's got a big problem.
Few people today believe that keeping these animals -- who have evolved to swim in the vast open oceans over the course of millions of years -- in captivity is ethically defensible.
If we are going to change the world to save ourselves, we have to save the ocean; and if we are going to save the ocean we have to start by saving the cetaceans. We have to protect their habitat and ensure that all marine life can thrive, so that we can too.
If you have ever or ever intend to visit a SeaWorld-type theme park, or if you just care about the wellbeing of other creatures who share our earth, Blackfish should be mandatory viewing.