If somebody snatched your child away from you in broad daylight and forced that child to live in a prison compound performing tricks for an audience of red-faced tourists, hopefully yourself and the social services would consider that to be a cruel, immoral and thoroughly unacceptable way to treat another living creature.
Sea World have come out on the defensive telling anybody who cares to listen that they pour millions into the conservation and protection of orcas and that Gabriela Cowperthwaite’sanger inducing but exceptional documentary Blackfish (2012) is both misleading and manipulative.
Some of that may or may not be true and by all accounts Sea World no longer kidnaps baby whales, but they do still force these highly intelligent and emotionally developed creatures to live in small concrete pools for the sole purpose of financial gain. It’s a fact that they are unable to get away from, no matter how much they bitch and complain and if we strip away the attacks on trainers and the bullshit ecology excuses it all boils down to the question, ‘Should whales be exploited for cash?’ and anyone who answers yes is a heartless, monstrous bastard whose opinion is completely worthless and should be discounted.
There are echos of Guantanamo Bay as whales are continually force fed. Brainwashing and psychological abuse also come into play, and though it seems obvious that taking any living creature away from their natural environment and putting them in a cage is going to seriously effect their state of mind, we as a society continue to adopt that policy in all walks of life..
What really chafed my crotch was the whooping, baying crowds reveling in this cruel entertainment. Sure it’s exciting to see a whale in the flesh, but we should be intelligent enough to see beyond the sideshow tricks and the fact that many of us aren’t brings to mind the days of gladiatorial games and family days out to a public execution. We might think we’ve progressed – and we have – but only slightly and you get the impression that if somebody was allowed to put on a Christians vs. Lions show at a football stadium tomorrow, there wouldn’t be a lot of empty seats.
DocHouse presents’ screening of Blackfish is on Thursday 25th July at The Lexi Cinema, London
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