Target: California Coastal Commission Member Effie Turnbull-Sanders
Goal: Vote against SeaWorld’s Blue World Project, which is designed to confine more Orcas.
SeaWorld, which is notorious for hiding inhumane whale treatment behind “conservation” projects, is planning to imprison even more orcas with its new Blue World Project. The proposal to build additional whale enclosures for breeding and containing orcas is set for a California Coastal Commission vote on Oct. 8, 2015. We must encourage the Commission to vote against this cruel proposal.
SeaWorld contends the Blue World Project is designed to benefit the orcas, but if you read between the lines, it’s clear this proposed expansion of the California theme park is another inhumane attempt to keep these majestic whales in captivity for profit. Despite recent negative exposure, some people still believe SeaWorld’s “conservation” efforts and pay a tremendous amount to be entertained at its theme parks.
Hoping to keep the blindfolds on its patrons, SeaWorld boasts that the new space for confining the orcas is more suitable to their natural environment. It even includes a “fast water current” designed to make the orcas feel as if they’re out in the ocean. However, when you put the actual numbers into the formula, the equation doesn’t add up.
Free orcas dive up to 1,000 feet and swim approximately 100 miles per day. The tanks proposed in the Blue World Project measure 50 feet deep and only 350 feet long. It would take an orca swimming 1,500 tank lengths to go the 100-mile distance, and the fast water current cannot imitate the strength and force of an actual ocean current realistically in such an enclosed space.
To claim that keeping orcas trapped in such an unnatural environment benefits them is ludicrous, and SeaWorld’s real intent, the intent to profit off precious marine life, is what needs to take center stage. Sign and encourage the California Coastal Commission to reject SeaWorld’s Blue World Project.
Dear Ms. Turnbull-Sanders,
One does not need to be a marine biologist to see that SeaWorld’s Blue World Project is a cruel and inhumane proposal to keep orca whales in needless captivity. SeaWorld has been called out numerous times for hiding animal cruelty behind the word “conservation” so that it can continue to use marine life as entertainment for its profit.
Tragic deaths of both marine mammals and trainers have proven repeatedly that keeping orcas in captivity is dangerous and pure torture for the whale. The proposed expansions to existing orca tanks at SeaWorld’s California location do not in any way effectively mimic the whale’s natural oceanic environment, and it’s insulting to think that any marine mammal would be happy stuck in what it perceives to be a fish bowl.
SeaWorld can save the orcas by working with them in their natural environment, rather than taking them captive. There is plenty of innovation in marine science that allows marine mammals to remain nearby in seaside sanctuaries where they are in their element and much happier.
Please do not fall into the trap of greed as SeaWorld has and believe for one minute that its Blue World Project is in any way beneficial to orca life. It is clear that SeaWorld is once again hiding its true intent of profiting off the abuse of marine mammals by claiming this is a conservation project. Please vote NO on SeaWorld’s Blue World Project.
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Photo Credit: NOAA