Let the site of Rebel Voice state a strongly held opinion, clearly and without ambiguity. There should be no use, abuse, or killing of cetaceans, ever. Whales, porpoises and dolphins are highly intelligent creatures. We do not know exactly how clever they are. We judge them, as we do with other animals, by human standards. Yet that is insufficient when determining an animal’s intelligence.
People kill whales. They eat them. It’s worse than eating a dog. There can be no excuse for it unless it’s a survival necessity and, in today’s world, it’s not.
People trap dolphins and whales and breed them in captivity. It’s unethical and cruel. These beautiful creatures are treated as gimmicks, entertainment for gullible rubberneckers who trot obediently to watch the degrading treatment of an intelligent animal. Cetaceans are used for making money and that’s not OK.
Orcas are the apex predators of the sea, excluding ourselves. They are highly social and have complex lives. They need and deserve space and freedom. To see such a majestic animal subjected to torturous methods of manipulation, so that visitors might laugh, is beyond comprehension to those with a conscience. It’s no wonder that occasionally Orcas kill their ‘trainers’. Who can blame them?
This disgusting practice of enslaving whales and dolphins must end immediately, even if it means that factories of cruelty, such as SeaWorld, close. Our species prides itself upon being civilized and sophisticated, but judging by what is being done to cetaceans, perhaps they are the more human of the two species. The following is a look at the conditions in which Orcas are kept, and how they are abused by those who profess to care about them.