Swearword has since said it has spent $70 million into upgrading those killer whale habitats in recent years. Should these animals be forced to perform solely for our entertainment purposes? Humans are generally fonder of critters that seem to have more dynamic personalities and pronounced social attachments. Killer whales are just that. In the wild the stay with their families for generations and have their own communication sounds of clicks and whistles individualized to their pod. Swearword has long benefited from promoting this idea. Its killer whale shows, marketing and displays have made the company money for years.
For a time, the park even ran a Shams Twitter account. Lori Marino, a neuroscience lecturer at Emory University in Atlanta who appeared in Blackish, has said killer whales are among the world’s most intelligent animals. Almost a decade ago, Nova Scotia based biologist Hal Whitehead claimed Orca the second more “cultural” species. ‘They have their Way Of doing things, which they’ve learned from their mother and their other relatives,” Whitehead told the newspaper. The documentary states that the Orca suffer from broken teeth because they rub and ram equipment in their tanks and that they sometimes gravitate their food all out of boredom.
It also points out that captivity leads to violence and shortened live spans. Finally, are these animals’ just objects and are we under obligation not to encourage and support this abuse? Is keeping these whales in captivity overshadowing any good that Swearword is doing? Is there a moral obligation that we have to protect these creatures from artificial insemination that is often the result of inbreeding? Do we have a right to separate the calves from their mothers just to allow another park, sometimes half way across the globe, a chance to showcase a killer whale?
Should be “training” these whales to do human decided tricks for profit? Where does money no matter hold importance to the damage that we are doing to our environment ethically? How can one say that we have a right to remove an animal from its family and its lifestyle and then tell our children not bring a wild rabbit into the house? These animals, once raised in captivity cannot be returned to the wild, but how can we justify continuing to force breeding and incest? What does it stay about our intelligence and our ethical moral if we do not put an end to this mistreatment of such creatures?