So I’ve been seeing a petition going around that, while in the best intentions, it’s not completely thought out. Of course petitions do not make laws. They are only brought to the attention of law makers.
It’s the “Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to stop SeaWorld’s imprisonment and torture of whales now..”
Signed by thousands of people. It is a noble cause. But let’s imagine if this were to become illegal, they would be subjected to releasing the whales that are in captivity: most of which have been their entire lives…
Theres a story of an orca who was released after years of being captive:
"Like many of the orcas now in captivity, Keiko was captured at a young age. The belief was that if we could identify and find his natal pod, we could release him and he would be accepted back into the wild in the company of other orcas. That never happened. After years of training, at great expense, Keiko was finally able to catch and eat live fish and was returned to the waters in Iceland near where he was captured. He never integrated with the wild whales he encountered. He often swam back to the boat for protection and waited at the gate of his enclosure to be let back in.
Keiko finally left his constant human caregivers and swam over 1,000 miles, feeding himself, from Iceland to Norway, where he entered a fjord and stayed, dependent again on human attention, until his death by a pneumonia-like disease.” - Jean-Michel Cousteau
What this means is that we will be responsible for caring for the whales that are in captivity. We cannot completely release them without these consequences.
The real law that we should be petitioning is no more breeding orcas in captivity and not allowing the capture of orca whales.
Please, look past the noble cause and realize the consequences of what could follow the freedom of these captive animals. It’s a sad truth which makes it hard to say what will happen to them.
to my beautiful son, i leave this picture of a sweet dragon i found on google images when i typed in cool dragons