• http://glueandglitter.com Becky

    “But what’s more important is to assess whether or not imprisoning animals for our education and/or entertainment is worth the cost to these animals.”

    Yes! I’m totally with you on this one, Levi. And this is a case where I even agree with PETA. My heart goes out to the woman who died and to her family, and I hope businesses like Sea World will took a hard look at their policies.

    I’m a little torn about aquariums because, as you pointed out, education can be so critical to teaching conservation. There’s got to be a middle ground between teaching folks about marine life and forcing a wild creature to jump through hoops for our entertainment.

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  • Amber

    I am all for option #4! I hate to say it, but even if Tillikum was unable to survive in the wild, he’d be much better off than where he is now. I have never agreed with keeping large marine mammals in captivity, or any animal for that matter. Some environments can be somewhat simulated, but the ocean cannot. When we consider that these animals are among the most intelligent in the world, its no surprise they we go insane in a large pool. It would be like a person having to live the rest of their lives in one room, but someone brings you food and comes to entertain you every now and then. We’d go nuts!

  • Veronica

    Familiaris Tillukum is with humans, although he taught two deaths to earlier. Decisions should be chosen for the welfare of Tillikum. Sea world to captivate the orcas are mammals animal abuse. The orcas are suffering in aquaria. Do the best for … Tillikum protect whales and dolphins, do not let that kill and abuse them. i love the whale