SPINOFF: Do you support SEAWORLD?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you support SEAWORLD?
    Yes, I would go, or would like to go to any of the Seaworld locations : (17 votes)
    14 %
    No, I would not go to any Seaworld location : (59 votes)
    47 %
    Yes, I would or have visit(ed) Seaworld as it no different than other aquariums- whales or no whales : (28 votes)
    22 %
    No, I would not visit Seaworld or any other aquarium- whales or no whales : (16 votes)
    13 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    525 posts
    Busy bee

    NO. I absolutely abhor Seaworld. I had negative feelings about the theme parks/corporation/industry before Blackfish, but the documentary really solidified my beliefs. 

    Post # 5
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    373 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @vmec:  nope, I think it’s awful that they steal these creatures out of the wild for the single reason of earning a profit while exploiting them and offering them insufficient habitats. That documentary needs to spread like wildfire, and I hope that people stop paying for tickets to this attraction. You are supporting animal cruelty and the barbaric treatment of these beautiful animals if you do. 

    Post # 6
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    4216 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I have always really wanted to go, but after seeing Blackfish. :X Nope nope nope. 

    Post # 7
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    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I haven’t seen Blackfish yet but I want to watch it soon. I’ve heard it is excellent and eye-opening. 

    I’ve been to Sea World twice, once in eighth grade and once as a young mom. I loved it and Shamu brought me to tears. I’m so in awe. 

    Now I’m torn between ever wanting to go back and boycotting it. 

    So…I voted “Other”. 

    Chances are, it’ll be years before I ever even have the opportunity so I won’t have to make the decision anytime soon.

    Post # 9
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    3718 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    The majority of the whales at SeaWorld were never in the wild. They were born in captivity so no one is stealing them from the wild. 

    Post # 10
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    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Nah because I know the animals are abused. But I do think that there are some good aquariums that treat aquatic life better. Maybe because their aquatic life is smaller and more delicate. Mistreat a tank of seahorses too much and you’ll very soon have a tank of dead seahorses.

    It seems like it’s the sea mammals that usually get abused, and commanded to do demeaning tricks. I hate watching “trainers” force wild animals (or animals that are supposed to wild) to do stupid tricks as a form of entertaining ourselves. It makes me feel ashamed of my species.

    I don’t feel better about it if I’m told that the animal was born in captivity and was never free. We are very undignified to be treating them that way. If I believed in hell, it would be a Dante-esque hell, and there would be a layer for those who mistreated animals. Large demons would do the the same kind of thing to the person to that the person did to other species, but 1000x times worse and for eternity.

    Post # 11
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    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    SeaWorld works very closely with local forces to help wildlife. While I agree that their work with killer whales is questionable (I personally do not agree with it), it is important to realize that they are often the only ones with the knowledge and resources to save beached/ injured whales, dolphins, manatees, and fish. The put a lot of effort into rescue missions and this should not be over looked when looking at the organization as a whole. 

    Post # 12
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    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Fireflysushi:  what kind of knoweldge and resources do they have that marine biologists and marine biology laboratories don’t? How did that happen?

    Post # 13
    Member
    525 posts
    Busy bee

    @Glasgowbound:  That may be true, but many whales were captured and/or killed in Seaworld’s early days. Apart from that, none make it to even mid-adulthood because they suffer so many health/psychological traumas. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    525 posts
    Busy bee

    @Fireflysushi:  Where is this information reported? I am genuinely curious, because I have never heard of Seaworld’s involvement in any of those things. 

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    No I don’t support it. I haven’t seen Black Fish, but I have been thinking about it. Honestly I already know the whales and sea animals are abused so the movie won’t change my opinion, only strengthen it. I’m kind of scared to watch it to be honest with you 🙁 I have a ridiculous amount of compassion for animals and I’m afraid watching something like that might ruin my month lol :-/

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

    @vmec:  no on sea world, what they do is horrendous. I do support Monterey Bay Aquarium, from what I understand they are legit and have some great programs. I recently saw a PBS documentary about how they rescue and rehabilitate sea otters in distress. I’d recommend watching it to feel better after your seaworld documentary sadness. it’s called Saving Otter 501. 

    Does anyone know anything about the aquarium in Vanouver BC?  We go every now and then, and I know they have beluga whales. I happen to really like that aquarium, so I’d be disappointed to hear if they are bad. 

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