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SeaWorld proves cruel in orca breeding practices

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Money. The world is obsessed with it. That’s something the world is scared to admit and often won’t admit. In this case, we use animal brutality as an excuse to make money.

At the famous tourist spot SeaWorld, they have a very large attraction. The orcas. But, what goes on behind them to make that attraction popular is brutal.

According to the DoDo, SeaWorld artificially inseminates the whales in order to continue the cycle of breeding. After  wild orca capturing became illegal, in fear of endangering the species, SeaWorld had to find different ways to ensure money kept coming in. This artificial inseminating is causing many stillbirths and early deaths of the orcas. Overlooked by many in order to keep breeding continuous, the orcas must be inbred. Brother and sister orcas are forced to mate together to keep the generations going, continuing a cycle of deformities.

Orcas are bred every year in captivity just to ensure that SeaWorld is making more money. The baby orcas being forced to breed are not mature enough physically to support a child and many end up dying during birth.

Orcas are made for miles and miles of water to swim through; in SeaWorld tanks, all orcas have is less than one square mile. With the small amount of space they are given, many orcas end up having deformities that are sometimes life threatening.

Not only are these methods cruel, but when questioned Seaworld would say that it supports people’s paychecks, and people would lose their jobs. America has a huge problem with job loss, so this hits a soft spot with most. Seaworld will do anything to prove that it’s their right to abuse animals.

Often a lingering question is the possibility of removing the animals from the abusive situation.  The answer however, is sadly we can not. The orcas currently in breeding will have to stay. However, there is still hope. If this generation of orcas is the last bred in this program, next generations have a better chance.

 

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