|08-15-2014, 06:08 PM||#1|
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|08-27-2014, 12:44 PM||#2|
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Strongly deny the allegations, whilst attempting to address the issue... out the kindness of their corporate "hearts".
There is no argument here, capturing and holding these animals is wrong. I'm not saying don't do it, I'm saying if we do, let's not pretend it's all good.
Now before people get all jumpy, clearly there are conservation and protection programmes, mostly to undo damage caused by man though, sadly. Those programmes have varying degrees of validity without question.
Pete has ranted a bit on this, and some of his comments are hilarious. For instance he called the people behind Blackfish Left Wing in nature. What has socialist politics to do with animal welfare? God only knows
Seems the biggest issue is that Blackfish paints one picture. Of course it does, like all forms of advertising, it's trying to manipulate the public to achieve a result. Like all "good" advertising, it has worked to an extent. Pete called this "unfair". It's not unfair, it's systemic.
To answer your question about a PETA sanctuary. I'd guess...
- animals are not made to perform tricks for the amusement of the public
- animals are kept in an area of the sea that is cordoned off in some way
- food is made available
- constant monitoring and intervention as needed
- offspring are released into the wild where possible
It's a tough call, as John Magi said on the show, these animals cannot be released into the wild. He's absolutely right about that, but I imagine nothing short of the points I've listed and probably a whole lot more would satisfy animal rights campaigners. Now that "success" has been achieved, I imagine more pressure will follow. I don't envy Seaworld. Their whole organisation is built on this.
Animal Kingdom aside, Disney must love their animatronic creatures right now
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