Karen Swallow Prior
March 17, 2016
Performing for crowds at parks like SeaWorld was never part of God's design for orcas.
What will become of the orcas? Will they stay at sea world in tanks, or be moved elsewhere? Some view captivity as wrong, and the bigger the animal the greater the wrong. I am not sure in this case whether it was free market forces or it is people who think whales are the same as people, which is not a widely held position, making life miserable for a amusement park.
Today I am especially proud and happy to be both a Christian and an advocate for the Humane Society of the US (as well as a subscriber to Think Christian!). Karen's essay could not be more on-point, especially in terms of the evolution of our behavior as stewards of God's earth and all His creations. Our understanding of how the pursuit of our needs has infringed on the needs of the entire animal kingdom and ecosystems continues to grow and create true transformational change. Sea World's resistance to initial pressure was, relatively speaking, short-lived, and I am amazed by how they stepped up to the plate and swung for the fences.
Andrew, the orcas currently housed at Sea World will not be moved--they will live out their lives at Sea World as the last generation of orcas in captivity. It's my understanding that they will no longer perform; instead, park-goers will be able to see them in exhibits that highlight their natural behaviors via enrichment and exercise activities.
Bravo Sea World--can't wait to come visit soon. Thanks HSUS, and thank you Karen for highlighting this achievement with your thoughtful article.
I am disappointed by the lack of content within this article. While referring to the initial fatalities due to Tillikum the author seemed to ignore the background behind them.
When writing about the partnership between Sea World and the USHS, again the author seemed to overlook the fact that Sea World has always been about conservation: as if they are just beginning this new chapter on conservation.
One simple visit to a Sea World park would open eyes to the volume of conservation and care Sea World puts in to our creation. It bothers me that the author overlooks the volume of knowledge Sea World has added in our understanding of orcas. It bothers me that the author seems to ignore the responsible efforts Sea World has made caring for our creation ranging from thousands of animal rescues to the adoption and promotion of rescue animals from local shelters. Sea World has done more to care for our creation than any of us here, and they deserve a lot of credit for that.
God put us here to take care of His creation, and those who dedicate their careers to animal care deserve a lot of credit. This article completely overlooks it as if Sea World has done next to nothing for animals.
This rather short-sighted piece missed a lot of what has already happened while only focusing on the end to the orca breeding program. For my first article read at this sight, I'm rather disappointed. I hope other content here has more meat.
Eric, you sound as if you are being overly defensive on account of Sea World. To be fair, if the author spent paragraphs cow towing to Sea World to keep from sounding like a nit picker, he would not have had room for the rest of the article. The real gist of the article is that Christian Consumers have a responsibility to spend their money in ways that prevent out support of things that on reflection all of us consider wrong.
I have not read "The Humane Economy", Wayne Pacelle, but it certainly echos what I have been trying to convey to Christians and Conservatives and even to Liberals for many years now. Statists have many people bamboozled into thinking the best way to bring change for this or that is to make yet another law. In reality the ONLY way to effect real and proper change is by responsible spending.
Polluters can't pollute, resources can't be depleted, and the 1% can't stay rich, if we refuse to buy their stuff. Not only that but corporate activism helps as well, by which I mean for example when BPA became a concern to Americans, many people wrote to companies and warned them they would stop buying their products, and Rubbermaid was the first to respond by offering "BPA free" line of products.
Responsible spending and focused activism has a great deal of potential to right many of our own country's wrongs and make life for Americans quite a bit more enjoyable in the process.
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