Imagine spending every single day in a tiny room. Imagine being stolen from your family and everything that you love. Imagine that people paid to see your captivity. This is the sad reality for the animals at SeaWorld. Despite SeaWorld’s many claims throughout the years, captivity is not, nor will it ever be real entertainment. It’s an outdated social norm that is, slowly but surely, fading in the 21st-century.

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Although Seaworld pledged to not keep orca whales in captivity after their current ones die, this does little to nothing for the orcas currently trapped in their “abusement parks.” This pledge was hardly inspired by compassion but is more the result of negative press following the 2013 documentary, Blackfish. A Care2 Petition demanding that the orca whales be retired to a sanctuary very much piggybacks off the documentary, boldly declaring all of Seaworld’s wrongs.

The petition is very clear: “After the recent death of Kasatka (euthanized after 33 years in captivity), 3 orcas have died in SeaWorld’s tanks this year alone.” It continues, “NOW is the time for SeaWorld to do what is right for their animals, and release them all to sea pens, transitioning them to the wild as soon as possible.”

Captivity is not fun for animals, SeaWorld is incapable of providing a natural, safe life to the animals in their care, and there are significantly better ways to enjoy nature than trapping animals in cages and tanks. There really isn’t much else to say. If you’re inspired to take action, sign the petition and take action. Don’t buy tickets to SeaWorld (ever)! Speak out against SeaWorld on social media. Send emails to SeaWorld. Join protests. And, most importantly, share this with others. In order to rid our society of abusement parks like SeaWorld, we must share the knowledge with others. We won’t win this fight unless we come together.

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