Animal captivity forces animals to live in unnatural environments, it forces animals to be separated from their families, it restricts them from being able to do what they do best, which is hunt, and it even forces animals to hurt themselves when they’re trying to escape to the point where they are risking the lives of by standards.
SeaWorld Entertainment struggled after the release of the movie Blackfish, which was a documentary about killer whales, most notably Tilikum, who is a 12,500-pound male whale who unfortunately killed two trainers after attacking them because of captivity.
SeaWorld has responded by launching a full-on Public Relations counteroffensive to this situation. SeaWorld thinks that captivity benefits and saves animals such as Orcas. The organization claims that they “create a controlled setting for science that is impossible to replicate in the wild.”
Many kids have petitioned to cancel field trips, also musicians such as Willie Nelson have cancelled concerts, as well as large, well-known companies like Taco Bell and Southwest Airlines have cut their relations with the company, SeaWorld.
Many animals that are held in captivity can have a negative response. Orcas, for example, often obtain collapsed dorsal fins when held in captivity as well as damaged teeth due chewing on their enclosures. Elephants in captivity tend to swing from side to side when bored or frustrated causing them to bruise their sides. Caged birds pick out their own feathers when left in captivity. The list of animals can go on forever, but the last animal that we will mention is the Leopard. The leopard when stressed in captivity will completely pull out its fur causing them to bleed and slowly become hairless.
Animals endanger their own lives when kept in captivity. No amount of effort can duplicate an animal’s natural habitat. Enclosures are becoming smaller to benefit the sight of viewers, such as at zoos.
SeaWorld claims that they provide “controlled setting” that is supposed to be beneficial for the animals, but in reality they are hurting the animals by keeping them in captivity. If animals were to be in the wild, where is it not a controlled setting, animals wouldn’t have to be ripping their fur out or running into walls due to being stressed from the captivity environment.