It doesn’t take an animal activist to realize that animal theme parks are an unsophisticated display of mankind’s imposed dominance over caged animals.
We have reached a juncture in anti-captivity efforts that will lead us toward the possibility of a post-captivity society and align us with other anti-captivity countries, like Costa Rica.
Thanks to social media and a little documentary that you might have heard of called “Blackfish,” the American public (not just activists) are demanding change and freedom for animals in captivity.
The film has captivated the interest of people from all walks of life and has called into question the purpose of captive animals in today’s society.
Finally, the ramifications of holding animals captive have breached the headlines of mainstream media and they are here to stay.
When it comes to captivity, animals pay the ultimate price. Like the Taiji dolphin hunt (happening in Japan) is driven by the demand for marine mammal entertainment.
Animals die prematurely in captivity because their social, physical, and mental needs are not adequately met, and cannot be met because animals do not belong in captivity.
Death in captivity isn’t limited to animals, it also happens to their caretakers. Keeping wild animals in captivity is a dangerous business that has no place in our society. Both the animals and humans involved must be protected from the greed of the business.
Captive flamingos and elephants, alike, suffer from foot problems due to being held in unnatural habitats, captive chimpanzees suffer from heart disease, and now, captive elephants are suffering from weight problems.
In 2011, PETA filed suit against SeaWorld for violating the rights of five captive Orca’s (Tilikum, Katina, Kasatka, Corky, and Ulises) citing that they are forced to perform and are being held as slaves, which is a violation of the 13th Amendment.
Flamingos do not belong in Denmark, or polar bears do not belong in the hot European sun, and whales certainly do not belong in bathtubs.
The big business of animal theme parks is a lackluster endeavor that, despite its prominence, is largely unpopular with the American public.
Animal abuse for human entertainment has been blacklisted for some time now. Worldwide circuses are being closed together with most of the sea aquariums in the USA.
Some Caribbean aquariums remain open, like in Curacao were dolphins are being tortured 7 days per week to rake in profits disguised as swimming with dolphins. One person must pay hundreds of dollars to experience a caged dolphin encounter.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t experience wild animals. Hop on a boat and take a whale tour, grab a pair of binoculars and go birding, visit a sanctuary, volunteer at a wildlife refuge, or simply take a hike!
There are so many ways to experience wildlife, in the wild! Sometimes, all you need to do is look around you.
One Green Planet.org / Crickey Conservation Society 2018.