We've all been to SeaWorld. We see a beautiful marine park and even more wonderful animals. What anti-captivity (also known as "anticaps") supporters don't want you to see, is the supposed 'dark side' of the park, where the orcas and dolphins are supposedly abused and mistreated. However I want to clear the air on this divisive - and very one sided - issue. I want to hear the good side of SeaWorld and I want to hear it from people who know what they are saying, who know the parks. I don't want debate here. Any anticap debating will be removed.
You mean the debate on my forum here? There is a way to report posts. I suppose I should just say that I don't necessarily want pointless pro-cap and anticap debate. I want honest opinions about the good that SeaWorld does for marine life (which it does - they release countless marine species back to the wild every year) and how the orcas and dolphins that live in captivity only know that life and that there is only so much one can do to keep them comfortably in a captive environment.
Seems like you pretty much just said it.
I like SeaWorld. I like the tube that goes thru the oceany thing that makes you feel like you're walking thru sharks n stuff. I like it when ppl get wet when the whale/seal splashes them. Yay SeaWorld!
I do enjoy SeaWorld as well! I went there when I was a little girl and it left me with a love for marine animals such as Dolphins and Orcas. I still have a photo of my mom and I with one of the beautiful clydesdales (back when they still had them in the park, they don't anymore). I also have my old guidebook for the park too! SeaWorld provides a way for us all to see marine life up close and entertain us as well as educate in the process. Anti-captivity folks just get too bent about how the animals are abused because they live in tanks all of their lives. Um.. how else are you going to contain an orca or a dolphin at a marine park?
Surprised to see a place like SeaWorld go down like this. When I was younger I figured they were untouchable. The animals seemed over the top happy and the environments were impeccably maintained. And yes, I hated them for it. But now I write articles desperately defending them, how the tables have turned. Animal rights activists have amped up the sophistication in their manipulation, and that's something we should all learn from. They have completely valid concerns but portions of the criticisms are completely unfair, and people should understand that. This particular movement will lead to a harsher perception of ALL zoos and I've seen a large portion of 'antis' hold more radical positions.
SeaWorld is always running all over Florida (and other parts of the world too, I'm sure) rescuing animals in distress, and every year they're over at the beach for the sea turtles hatching. They're constantly promoting conservation and safety for marine life.
Being from Orlando, I've always enjoyed SeaWorld, I even worked there when I was in High School (selling drinks and souvenirs at the Baywatch Ski Show).
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