If you follow me on Instagram you know that I have watched every Orca-in-captivity documentary this summer that has been made and feels for the beautiful animal that is cramped up in a little tank and has to perform every day. Right now I am annoying some Spanish people that have posted pictures of the orcas on their open feed, commenting on that the really should watch I am Morgan (link) or Blackfish (link) or Inside the tanks (link). Orcas in captivity are not ok (illegal in EU also) and people should not buy a ticket to these shows. I am also wondering what I am going to write to the owner of the spanish facility. I have his address and e-mail and I need to say something. Just anything, even if I don’t get a response. Which I didn´t get from Seaworld when I sent them an e-mail about their Orca.
If I treated Wille the same way, as they do their orcas, I would have been reported to the police faster than you can say “Orcas in captivity”. Think if I did not let him go outside at all. Just kept him in my apartment with no room to stretch out. Feed him pills in his food to keep him calm and tired. People would be furious and call me every bad name you can come up with. But when it comes to corporations, they pretty much can do what they want and people gladly pay to watch.
Wille gets more exercise than those Orcas and they are so much larger than he is and can swim up to 100 miles a day (link). How can this still go on in our modern society? With all the documentaries out there and organizations that have spoken about this for years. Are people not watching or listening or are we just lacking in empathy for another species?
I visited Kolmården (link) as a child, Biggest animal park in Scandinavia, and I remember how I sat and watch the dolphins swim round and round and round and that I then thought that it was a really little pool they lived in. That no adult said anything amazes me today. What have our parents been doing all this time? I love my parents but…
When I saw The cove (link), have you seen it? one of the guys said that the progress of animal rights got better and they did see the light in many issues but the younger generation did not take action or fulfilled what the older generation had started. Where did we go and where are we now? Are any of you active in an organization? Environmental or animal?