Haven't seen Blackfish yet, but whenever I sit down for a documentary, I
automatically assume I'm only going to hear half the truth.That
said, can't wait to take my family to SeaWorld this spring!
Very sad how conservatives, who justify nearly every social position with
"that's what my God says is right", will so readily throw out our
mandate to be stewards of this planet when it suits their needs. For us religious folks, it is evident we will not only be judged by how we
treat our fellow humans but also how we treat our animals and planet in general;
so it is impossible for an individual to claim to follow God and simultaneously
support institutions such as SeaWorld.
@USNGarySan Diego, CA"These animals being held captive
have a better life than I do. They get fed on a regular basis without having to
go hunt for it. They are seen by medical personnel a lot more than I am. such is
the life...."No matter how plush and comfy you make it, a prison
is still a prison, and loss of liberty is a central function of it. And for
those who draw parallels to our cats and dogs, remember that orcas are wild
animals that have never been domesticated, and they have a huge natural
environment in which they can survive and prosper.
I predict increased attendance at SeaWorld due to the media exposure."I don't care what they say about me, just make sure they spell my
name right!" is how P.T. Barnum replied to the media critics in his day.
Thank you NETFLIX!!
@midvale guy -- I think you're misreading what was meant by mentioning
"Bowling for Columbine" and "Super Size Me." The author was not
stating that those are the giants of the genre, but that they are the exceptions
to the general rule that documentaries attract only the smallest of niche
audiences. As far as bias goes, of course documentary films are
biased. So is every high school lecture, textbook, and news report. That
doesn't mean there isn't still value in watching/listening to/reading
them, provided you can do so with a critical eye.
I will definitely be continuing to visit SeaWorld. I don't believe
everything somebody writes or makes a film about to be true just because they
took the time to do it. If Bowling for Columbine and Supersize Me are the giants
of this genre then count me out. I watch plenty of documentaries and if anyone
cannot see the bias in any of these movies they must be out of touch with
reality. These are highly editorialized films because if they weren't they
would be as boring as a high school lecture.
Some people don't care what goes on behind the curtain, just as long as
they are entertained, or save a dollar.Suppose these are the same
conservatives who would decry the end of whale hunting for oil to light their
I am not seeing the point to printing this article at this time. Much of the
information in the article is out of date. Bloomberg’s report of dwindling
park attendance and falling stock prices are both a fallacy. SeaWorld’s
fourth quarter attendance was at record levels. SeaWorld's stock price is
up 11% for the past three months.The protests that occurred on
December 22 which is mentioned in the article were measly at best, the largest
these protests was in Orlando, where reportedly dozens participated; this on a
day that nearly 20,000 people attended SeaWorld.Why did the article
include information that Blackfish was shortlisted for an academy award? The
actual nominations came out and Blackfish was not nominated? This article seems
like it is an effort to demonize SeaWorld through yellow journalism
techniques.The documentary is full of errors. Two trainers featured
in the documentary have come out and claimed they were misled and edited to look
like they were saying things they are not.Please go to MiceChat or
SeaWorld's website to find out more information on the propaganda found in
Blackfish.Timp, how do they treat their employees? Please do tell,
as my friends work there.
We should free all the animals at sea world. also every animal in every zoo,
every home, every animal shelter. we should stop killing cows and chickens.
this is all animal cruelty.
I'm surprised by some of these reactions. First, to the people commenting
without having seen the documentary, you should watch it. It's a very
well-made film that cogently argues for why orcas, specifically, should not be
kept captive. That's kind of key here -- the filmmakers aren't arguing
for SeaWorld to set all their animals free. In fact, if I remember correctly
from an interview with the director, she's not even of the opinion that
SeaWorld should set their orcas free. What she said, as I recall, is just that
it should phase out the Shamu shows and stop its breeding program. Given
situations like the ones presented in the film, that seems pretty reasonable.
"Free the whales" and "stop endangering people's lives" are
two different things, so let's not conflate the two unnecessarily.The other thing that bears mentioning is that the director is NOT an animal
rights activist. Her background is entirely as a documentary filmmaker. She
happened to see a weird story (the death of a SeaWorld trainer) and decided to
investigate. If her conclusions don't resonate with you, fine, but
don't dismiss her on false grounds.
I'm the farthest thing from an animal lover or a liberal hippee, ect..However, I watched Blackfish last week and I too, won't ever spend
a dime at Sea World ever again.Wasn't just how the orcas were
treated. Also how they treated their employees.But to each their
If I were in prison, I would get fed, and I wouldn't have to work for it!
What a wonderful life that would be!Keeping these magnificent social
creatures, with their flopped over dorsal fin, in small pools just for our
entertainment? There will be a time humans will look back at our time in shock
I fish for salmon in the beautiful fjord that is Rivers Inlet, B.C every
summer.While there are several orca varieties, those are the "Northern
Resident Orca", as opposed to the "transient" orca seen swimming
onto shore to chase seals in Patagonia and parts south.To see pods
of these magnificent animals in their element is amazing. But they are
programmed to stay on the move. They never stop moving and can cover 40+ miles
in a day.Keeping one in a swimming pool is insane.Try to find
evidence of an orca killing a human in the wild...almost impossible. The only
Orca that kill humans are captives.
I'm also tired of people making so much out of so little, trying to
generate strife and antagonism over emotive reasoning. Oatmeal, besides tasting
wonderful, said everything I could ever say.My family and I went to
Seaworld when I was training in San Antonion, and it was awesome. They
contribute many resources to marine conservation and inspire people, especially
children, to take an interest in marine life.
Free Willy, part 2. Who hasn't had gold fish.
Love Sea World!Keep up the good work
These animals being held captive have a better life than I do. They get fed on
a regular basis without having to go hunt for it. They are seen by medical
personnel a lot more than I am. such is the life....
Disclaimer: I have not seen the film.That said, I am annoyed by all
the outrage. Are all these animal rights activists the same folks that keep dogs
and cats "captive" in their home and dress them up in clothes? Or are
these the PETA folks who call the Crocodile Hunter's death poetic justice
for "annoying" so many animals during his life? Or is it the type that
want all animal abuse to be a felony? (It may be wrong to abuse animals, but
should it be considered a more serious crime than many, many serious crimes
committed against individuals or society? I think not.)Suffice it to
say I doubt Sea World is perfect in their care of these animals - just like I
doubt any zoo is. However, I believe they make an effort. If for no other reason
than their profitability would be severely hurt if the animal's health
deteriorated too early. Besides, being entertained by these very intelligent
animals and seeing them up close may give us a greater appreciation for them. It
may cause us to support conservation efforts and reasonable protections for
these beautiful animals.
Saw the documentary... it is garbage. Keep taking your kids to Sea World if you
want to. I am getting very tired of activists promoting over-emotionalized
documentaries. Many Americans are just so separated from real life they think
every creature should live in an idealized fantasy world. Are there problems
with any species kept in captivity? Yes. What is it like in the natural world?
Survival of the fittest... and imagine how rough that is.
I'll never give Sea World a dime. Those crooks ought to be thrown in