This is a hilariously stupid argument.
Blackfish is one movie, with a fixed runtime, focused on one topic. It communicated its point succinctly.
Seaworld has a webpage which is basically lip service to the variety of problems faced by orca around the world. Do they actually educate people on those issues, in person?
They run multiple killer-whale shows per day, across 3 parks, to stadiums full of people. They aren’t limited to a single, fixed movie, with a single fixed runtime. They have the ongoing opportunity to educate, to bring the animals’ plight (both present and historically) to the forefront, to get people involved and make them want to take action.
Do they do any of that?
Or do they just run a circus and recite half-truths? Because that’s all I’ve seen evidence of. Both directly and through results.
(i.e. I hear a lot more about how people who go to Seaworld want to work at Seaworld ‘to help the animals’, than how people actually end up helping the animals or their environment. I see a lot more people in the anti-Seaworld crowd who are aware of and involved in actual environmental issues.)
And yes, they rescue/rehabilitate/help other animals. Doesn’t matter, in this discussion. If Blackfish is being blasted for not helping the SRKWs, likewise shall we discuss Seaworld’s complete inaction.
They do absolutely nothing to support the multitude of studies and conservation efforts in this area [Puget Sound] nor do they appear to have any presence in the critical environmental discussions/legislation up and down the West Coast. They potentially have the money and clout to help, a lot. They can jump in anytime! We’re waiting.
Again, one movie. Vs. having a reliable audience, the animals on hand, a ‘conservation mission’, and multiple shows a day. Who’s failing their initiative?
Arguing that subjecting a handful of captive whales to featureless lives punctuated by constant, pointless performances is going to help wild whales is also pretty ridiculous. This isn’t against the utility of having captive whales available for research, it’s highlighting the insanity of the fact that Seaworld insists it’s necessary to breed them to death, keep them in shit conditions, and have them be circus animals … to help wild whales.
Assuming ongoing data from their hybrid/different-population, alternate-diet, completely-different-activity-profile whales is even valuable to SRKW conservation at all, why is the circus necessary? It only seems to be fostering the grievous idea that the animals exist for our entertainment, instead of teaching people respect (both for the animals and their associated environment.)
So, yhea. It’s funny to shit on Blackfish for the things it doesn’t do… when Seaworld doesn’t do them either.
Took the words right out of my mouth. Thank you.