Tillikum the Orca

I’m sure you will have heard about the incident at Seaworld, Orlando yesterday. For those who haven’t orca trainer, Dawn Brancheau, was killed by one of the animals in her care, Tillikum. Now I don’t know about you but this was a name I recognised instantly. This particular whale has already got two deaths to his name;

Firstly another trainer slipped and fell into his pool where he and another orca grabbed hold of her and dragged her under. It is unclear whether they meant to kill her or were just playing. Then in 1999 a body was found floating in his pool. It is believed the man in question had snuck into the park after hours though what he was planning is unclear. He was found minus his shorts and had suffered one bite to his groin.

Now I don’t know about you but I would say this should tell us something. I do feel for the woman concerned and her family, but surely you can now see that these animals should never be kept in captivity in the first place. In fact according to the BBC there have been 24 attacks on people by captive orcas and although wild attacks do occur no one has yet been hurt.

I will admit I have been against the keeping of large marine mammals in captivity for a while, believing that there is no way we can possibly give them the life they deserve, either space wise or in regards to keeping them entertained, they are clearly far more intelligent than we give them credit for. This has just made me even more determined to my cause.

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