We Must Speak Even Louder

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Wild Orcas as they were meant to be,  free and hunting in the Norwegian Sea.
Picture credit: Wolfgang Hägele

 

Yesterday in California,  more than a million voices, via their signatures on a petition, were  raised up against the continuing captivity of  Orcas at Sea World San Diego, but they simply could not compete with those of the owners,  the local city Governments, or the faithful lobbyists who work so tirelessly on behalf of their clients.

What was at stake was the fate of the Orcas at Sea World facilities and their questionable safety and treatment.

Animal rights activists came from everywhere,  along with parents, teachers and children to show their support for California Bill AB2140, proposed by Democratic State Assemblyman Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, who was apparently influenced by the highly popular and widely publicized film,   Blackfish.

It is reported that the Sea World lobbyist is Scott Wetch.

Naomi Rose, who is a marine mammal scientist with the Animal Welfare Institute,  sponsored the Bill, AB2140.

This Bill would have stopped the killer whale/Orca shows at Sea World in San Diego and phased out their  captivity.

But at the end of the day, power and money won.

Now that the Bill has been sidetracked,  or waylaid until mid 2015 in San Diego, all involved in this seem to  agree that next on the list,  are the  Sea World facilities  in  Florida and Texas.

A curious item was mentioned on our local news, that Sea World’s  attendance is down , but their profits are up.

How very interesting.

Usually when a great many people are as enraged as those who signed this petition are/were,  something happens, things get changed, but in this case, it appears not, and over a million signatures on this petition meant zero to Californians.

Not surprisingly, Sea World did a massive, continuing campaign press blast,  to discredit the film Blackfish, while the San Diego Chamber of Commerce declared that Sea World and the Whales are extremely vital to their economy.

And, now that this scenario is  guaranteed be repeated in Texas and Florida, you can be assured that the Sea World owners,  local city Governments,  and the lobbyists, will push back even harder with everything that they have, but it will in the end be, mostly about the money.

When those with the money and the control do not hear the voices of over a million in protest, we must speak even louder.

” We must speak for those with no voice.”

 

You may learn more here:

Bad Day for Captive Orcas: California’s ‘Blackfish’ Bill Stalls

California bill that would end SeaWorld killer whale shows stalls

Killer-whale bill stalls in hearing; study due in 2015

Orca Ban in Theme Parks a ‘Silly Bill,’ Sea World Says

California Bill That Would End Orca Shows Stalls

Pictures of Orcas:    Orca Pod Wiki

 

 

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46 thoughts on “We Must Speak Even Louder

  1. It would be so helpful if the media reported on these things, but US mainstream media is owned by the elites and controlled information controls the masses. This, my friend, I believe is our biggest obstacle! Things not seen on TV just don’t exist in the minds of the masses. True journalism would free us very quickly, and we’d evolve much faster. But what can we do about it?

  2. Thank you for your excellent post. It should be a wake-up call to ordinary citizens when they see that those in power don’t care what they think and will continue regardless with whatever is profitable to them. If we collectively let this slide where will it end?

  3. I support you in you animal rights efforts. But I also wonder if facilities like these(at the expense of captives) create an awareness and appreciation for sea life. Trips from elementary and middle schools to Miami Sea Aquarium a must for decades.

  4. A sad day indeed 😦 But we must keep working together against the ‘Big Money’ … educating as many people as possible about everything that is wrong with keeping orcas and other wild creatures captive for the ‘entertainment’ of one species – humans. Campaigns such as the one to persuade Richard Branson to stop Virgin Holidays from supporting Sea World are making some progress – WDC report he is going to “instigate an ‘engagement process’ bringing together conservationists, scientists, aquaria, the public and the tourism industry to evaluate the future for whale and dolphin captivity.” You can find more about this campaign here: http://uk.whales.org/campaigns/stop-selling-trips-to-seaworld-sir-richard

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      • A lot of people only know the SeaWorld propaganda and the truth must be spoken. Perhaps it will inspire others to look a little deeper into the workings of this cruel company that pretends it does good things, (in order to make a buck or a billion). I appreciate your strength to speak, and yes, I know it can be hard, but it came out right and not confrontational.

      • I truly appreciate your thinking on this.
        My first Irish/Shawnee knee-jerk reaction was hostile.
        My feelings about companies and organizations that hold animals hostage for personal or financial gain is very negative.
        But, I took the time to settle down before commenting and was glad I did~
        Thank you!

  6. Amen, Sister. Let’s release these great creatures from captivity.

    I agree that Sea World does good work in conservation. Still, they enslave whales, dolphins, sea lions, and otters. I cannot support that enslavement, even though Sea World does many good things. Let us instead support organizations that assist our brothers and sisters in the animal world without enslaving them.

  7. I have a granddaughter that fights Sea World. People need to stop going to those places. 😦

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