“Orcas in Captivity Banned at SeaWorld”



An orca whale image is shown on the screen as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other animal rights groups hold up signs next to Sea World supporters attending the California Coastal Commission meeting to consider a proposal by SeaWorld to build a bigger holding area for its orca whales , at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Verenice Garcia, Staff writer



For a very long time, people have had many opinions about establishments that have animals in captivity for entertainment purposes. It has been a very trifling issue among the public, those whom support it and those who oppose it.

As of recently, SeaWorld has been hit with a bill that prevents them from continuing the breeding of the Orca whales that they have there. It is one of the establishment’s most popular attractions, one that brings in a lot of revenue to the place; as it is a multi-million dollar attraction for San Diego, CA.

SeaWorld is trying to fight against the bill because not only will it be losing a massive amount of money, it also risks being shut down completely. Not only does that affect them financially but also there are so many families that will miss out on what has become something of a tradition around Southern California.

Families find the SeaWorld outings as a bonding experience and as a learning one too for their kids and themselves. It’s something fun to do together from time to time as a family or just with friends.

Now, I also see the side of the people whom oppose the captivity of animals such as groups like PETA and others. These animal rights activists believe in ethical treatment for animals and their well-being. These animals go through so much unseen cruelty that only these people have the guts to produce for the public to see. It’s only through their hidden cameras and other means that they are able to show these videos and pictures publicly to educate the masses.

A lot of people are incredibly unaware of the inhumane and devastating situations these animals go through on a daily basis and it is why bills like these come about. A lot of people are elated that this bill has passed as it could end the breeding and the orca show all together, which would mean the orca’s freedom. These animals belong in the freedom of the ocean, their natural habitat and have the life they were meant to have.

The supporters believe it is through research that the public benefits from having the orcas at SeaWorld and it brings a lot of information about the orcas. They teach each other and the people about their world.

I am a vegetarian because I love animals and hate to see them locked up somewhere for entertainment purposes. I want to know that they are being taken care of humanely and want to see them in their natural habitat. They deserve their freedom. Thusly, I am well happy with this new bill even with the consequences of it.