what makes no sense Andrea? that the dog is put down or that the whale isn't? it really is all to do with our ambivalence with "nature"; on the one hand we love it, on the other it is damn scary at times. As I describe in my cougar epitaph hub, we want to keep the cuddly bits and eradicate whatever frightens us. It's ok that it lives and in the wild but not too close to me please... so we muddle along, torn between our love of nature, "animal rights", our need to be entertained and loved, and our desire to be "awed" but safe... As Obelix would say: "ils sont fous ces humains...
It isn't the whale's fault. This is what society gets for trying to use a wild animal for entertainment. If the whale was to be put down you better believe protesters would be right there. Humans don't have the right to kill an animal that was acting within its natural instinct. These are wild animals. People should stop trying to control something that isn't meant to control. This includes zoos and circuses as well!
Some animals are not meant for domestication, but people, for some reason, are always interested in figuring out ways to control other creatures. I enjoy watching television shows like "Big Cat Diaries" because the camera people do not interfere with their normal lives, but circuses and places like Sea World are rather upsetting.
If it was a dog then it would be put down that is for sure. But it is a valuable asset. Supposebly this is pretty much the stud whale that they use for getting female whales pregnant. At first I thought they should just put it down but now I realize it is not the whales fault. Also I also heard that the whale just pulled the females hair and thought this was a new toy. Regardless it is cruel to keep whales in such a confined area.