Repost (from The Dodo) : SeaWorld’s Children’s Book Ironically Reveals Everything Wrong With Captive Orcas

Couple weeks ago, I’ve read new about Closing down of Sea World Indonesia at Jakarta, due to their terminated contract with Ancol, along with controversial way from Sea World international about how they kept Orca in captivity and used them in a show. It’s not right. Certainly, they treat them mistaken, in how they lived, how they hunt for food and how their social life.

Today, when I opened The Dodo website, I found an interesting article about Sea World. back to 1979, when they launched a book, a tutorial’s book for children about their company.

“While SeaWorld has insisted that its orca whale trainers are not in harm’s way, even continuing to allow trainers to join orcas in the water in desensitization pools, animal welfare advocates argue that orcas in captivity are dangerous.

It turns out that SeaWorld already knew and acknowledged this, based on a page in a book published by the company in 1979. Twitter user Brad Anthe got his hands on an old copy of “The SeaWorld Alphabet Book,” a children’s educational tool published by Sea World Press. The page for “K” stands out:

After the death of senior trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the company $75,000 (later reduced to $12,000) and ordered trainers to stay out of the water with performing whales. SeaWorld appealed the ruling but was denied in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The court ruled that SeaWorld was exposing trainers to “recognized hazards” when working with performing orca whales.

Despite this, trainers were allowed back in the tanks in 2012 — only in the small medical tanks that are used to “desensitize” the whales to humans. Desensitization is a measure to prevent them from attacking were anyone to ever fall into the water with a whale.

Though SeaWorld seems aware of the danger of captive whales, it has been less inclined to publicly acknowledge one startling fact. While captive whales have racked up a long list of attacks on trainers, wild whales have a much lower number of fatal attacks on humans: ZERO.” – Dodo

And yes, since the first time their show, without them knowing that they have showed what’s the real happened in their business shows. Still want to visit this joy-park, even though you know that they already know, those creature can easily kill the trainer, their own loyalty friend. For me, no Sea World visit.

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