Lawmaker was inspired to act by the documentary “Blackfish.”
You guys, I am so unbelievably (insert explicative here) pissed right now. Not because I’m worried about San Diego’s economy and tourism (although it is important), but because this bill HURTS killer whales, rather than help them. I’m sorry that Richard Bloom watched a biased, misleading, agenda filled “documentary” and decided that he now knows what’s best for the welfare of killer whales. Just the fact that Bloom is being backed by PETA, animal activists, and the director of that shit film, proves to me that there is an agenda behind this bill. Seriously, this guy just wants to get popular, and PETA, well they’re just in their own special, little world and I won’t even go there. Nothing will be accomplished by passing this bill, except for the spreading of ignorance!
It proposes that killer whales would be banned from performing in shows. Except for killer whales would still be performing all those same behaviors, just not in a show setting. Do you ban specific behaviors, too? What does that accomplish? All it does is remove the opportunity for the public to be inspired to care for and protect killer whales, other marine animals, and the oceans in general. It also takes away a massive amount of enrichment for the whales.
And just in case that wasn’t reason enough to not support the bill, it also proposes that breeding would come to an end. What I would like to ask Richard Bloom is, how do you stop a 4 to 6 ton killer whale from naturally breeding? By keeping males and females separate all their lives? By putting females on BC their entire lives? You can’t just stop them from doing this natural behavior. AI is not the only way killer whales are bred, and this practice is used so whales don’t have to be flown to other facilities, which can be very time consuming, costly, and stressful on the animals.
Bloom has absolutely ZERO concern for the killer whales and is just looking to gain popularity off of something that is a hot topic at the moment. This is just another PETA backed proposal with an agenda against SeaWorld.
SERIOUSLY CAN PRO CAPS STOP USING THE WORD “AGENDA” AS A COMEBACK BECAUSE IT MAKES NO SENSE. EVERYBODY has an agenda. My agenda is to go to school and get good grades to get into vet school. SeaWorld’s has an agenda too and that is to make money off the whales and (unsuccessfully) suppress bad PR they’ve been getting because of Blackfish. Robert Bloom’s agenda is to get this bill passed for the good of the whales.
This bill isn’t going to immediately release the whales, because that’s not possible for them because of health reasons and because some (captive born) cannot be integrated into a pod. We’re simply moving them to a sea pen, where try would receive care from veterinarians and caretakers like they always have. And just because the bill would eliminate shows does not mean they’d be bored. Do you know how much more stimulating the ever-changing ocean is than a concrete SeaWorld tank? And yes, breeding would become a thing of the past because because birth control is a thing. They can still mate if they choose, there would just be no more calves.
Saying that they have an agenda is not a comeback, it’s a statement. And I’ll clarify my statement a little better so it’s more specific. Rather than just an agenda, I’ll classify it as a hidden agenda. This guy does not give a shit about killer whales; he’s riding the popularity of the debate on captivity to boost himself as a politician. Just like CNN purchased Blackfish for ratings. I mean come on, they’re now going to do reality shows, original series, and documentaries because “the audience is more than willing to come to CNN for this kind of programming”. Source for that here. They don’t care what they’re promoting, as long as it gets them where they want to be. If CNN really opposed cetaceans in captivity, why can you purchase an Aquarium/CNN Combo ticket from the Georgia Aquarium here?
I wouldn’t care about either Bloom or CNN getting involved, if their intentions were because they truly care about the welfare of killer whales, but that’s not the case. So many people complain that SeaWorld is this big, corrupt corporation, yet look at the people that come after it. Look at PETA, who is in support of this bill, and the exposure of them euthanizing an immense amount of the healthy, adoptable animals that they receive here.
Of course SeaWorld’s agenda is to make money. That’s obvious because they’re a business. They’re not trying to fool anyone with that. But that money goes to various different things, including the care of animals that they house and animals that they rescue, rehabilitate, and return back to the wild, it goes to caring for their employees, it goes to the numerous education programs like camps and field trips that they have, it goes to promoting themselves, etc. They don’t have a hidden agenda like those I mentioned above.
The idea of sea pens is completely ridiculous and far fetched. Seven of the ten killer whales living at SWC were captive bred and you’re just going to move them into a pen in the ocean, which they have never experienced before in their entire life? How is that a good idea? You want to put them in a pen where they can look at the “ever-changing ocean”, but interact with nothing that they see? Or expose them to all the boat traffic? How do you suppose these sea pens will be funded? What happens when there isn’t enough funding or the funding runs out? They aren’t just a one time thing either where you build them and that’s all there is to it. There would have to be maintenance such a repairs and checking to make sure that the pens are in good condition. That would require scuba divers, on top of employing caretakers, veterinarians, security, maintenance people, etc. What happens when you get some extremists that come in and cut the nets to “free the whales” so now they’re out on their own and don’t know how to survive? That’s only for the whales who would be deemed okay to live in a sea pen. What if there are whales that can’t be moved and now they are not allowed to participate in shows? It’s a well known argument that people say the whales are bored currently, with shows going on, so how can you say that canceling the shows wouldn’t effect them and lead to boredom? These factors are not being taken into account at all and Bloom has no idea what the repercussions will be of what he’s trying pass as legislature.
Another common argument I hear is that SeaWorld “drugs up” their animals with all kinds of stuff, which they don’t (I worked at Shamu Stadium at SWC and I can personally verify that this isn’t true). But now they want to force them to put all of their females on birth control for the rest of their lives? That’s beyond hypocritical.
Is this just something that Bloom the orca-hater pulled out of his ass to get popularity? Or is this a bill that scientists and former trainers have tirelessly worked on for months? I can assure you it is the latter.
Your fears about sea pens are laughable. What exactly are they going to encounter out in a sea pen that is so awful besides fresh and air and a moment’s peace? You honestly think that after spending years surrounded by blaring rock music and screaming tourists that BOAT TRAFFIC is going to disturb them? Give me a break.