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Pros and Cons of Training Killer Whales and Returning Tilikum to Sea World

Here is a list of common pros and cons used in the verbal debate over the reinstitution of killer whale Tilikum and training whales in general as the public has brought the opinions below.

Tilikum the whale who killed her trainer Dawn Brancheau more than one year ago is back to performing at Sea World in her new location in Orlando. It was clear by most observers who provided thunderous applause for the new orca in the Florida Sea World lineup that few were in the know that this whale has been known to have a past in attacking trainers. Here is a list of common pros and cons used in the verbal debate over the reinstitution of killer whale Tilikum and training whales in general as the public has brought the opinions below.

Cons

The killer whale Tilikum has killed three people including two trainers. Bringing this whale back is like watching a ticking time bomb get re-started. This six ton animal has proven to have a mean streak. Her trainer is in danger by a proven track record.

The audience in Orlando erupted with cheers when the whale was announced which was new to the region. This shows a lack of knowledge by the general public that this killer whale with a past is returning to performing after its shaded past.

Killer whales are often bred in captivity but also create a worldwide market for performing sea mammals that creates harsh environments for the animals involved. Many that are not sold are killed without reason and this bloody trail is deceptively quiet in the international media.

Training whales is cruel in a sense that migratory animals of thousands of miles of journey are confined to thousands of gallons water in finite tanks. These wonderful creatures serve the role of circus performers which is demeaning to their immense status in the wild.

Pros

Training whales, orcas, dolphins, and other animals create an environment to see animals up close which is terrific for research and publicity for conservation. Understanding animal life is a key facet of biology and iconological understanding and respect.

Most of the animals are bred in captivity and would not live on their own or fend for themselves after living in captivity for so long.

Kids that visit these animals have a love an appreciation for nature they may not otherwise have come into because of their interactions at sea parks.

These animals are trained at Sea World to only do tasks they would in the wild.

The animals are well taken care of in terms of food and healthcare even if their environment lacks the limitless oceans.

Overall this debate has rich arguments on both sides brought up by the controversial return of killer whale Tilikum. What do you think?

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Comments (3)

You have some valid points and thanks for the update on this story.

Its one thing to keep them when they were injured in the wild and could not survive.. but keeping them purely for human entertainment is wrong, and sad.

I agree to an extent, and I identify that no container compares with the ocean. What about the argument that as whales bred in captivity that their instincts would not allow them to excel in the wild?

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