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February 26th, 2010
11:59 AM ET

Should SeaWorld Release Killer Whale?

SeaWorld plans to hold a news conference today regarding the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.

She was killed Wednesday when a killer whale named Tilikum grabbed her ponytail and pulled her underwater.

That same whale has also been linked to two other deaths.

SeaWorld has made it clear that it plans to keep the whale at its Orlando park despite calls to release the 12,000-pound creature back into the ocean.

So what do you think about SeaWorld's decision?

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Katrina

    NO!!!!!!! After 25 years in captivity, releasing into the wild would be a death sentence! The trainer just gave too much trust and a pony tail is a toy, even to a house cat. the whale didn't kill her out of malice!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  2. Gr8RDH

    Release the whale...if it will survive in the wild.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  3. Katrina

    The same people screaming "Release the whale" (Sentencing it to death) are the same ones seen on beaches trying to "Save the whales!" Is there no pleasing these people?

    February 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  4. michael armstrong sr.

    This Whale is a meal ticket for Sea World the only way there going to release it or put it down is for the authorities to say enough is enough and force there hand I say set it free this whale will survive money is the reason for none release .

    February 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  5. bob weiner

    they should send the big fish to a long john silver's for a all you eat

    February 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  6. Paula

    I think it is impossible at this point for Tilly to survive being put back out. Too many yrs in captivity ( I think-not sure) but something needs to drastically change for this animal living in a small pool is outrageous and cruel. shows every 20 minutes is cruel- things have changed since Seaworld first did these shows we know more now. All they care about is money here not the animals

    February 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  7. Cristy DiGiorgio

    Release the whale please

    February 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  8. Barbara Johnson

    I think the statistics should be checked again. It is my understanding that one person was killed...another climbed into the pool (a transient, untrained, homeless person)...and was also killed.

    Let's see...a whale is a wild animal. A whale knows how to play and be gentle (with other whales!)...It is one of the most miraculous wild animals upon this earth. Now...because people have attempted to contain this male whale...and teach him 'tricks'...put him in a little swimming pool...and the result was that he apparently played too hard with those who have captured him...He should be put to death.

    I DON'T THINK SO! His recent trainer is no longer alive...According to Jack Hanna (Father and son with a 70+ years of study of wild animals)...the trainer would be devastated if his life was taken. The only positive I can see is that he would no longer be confined...My is amazing how human beings can twist and turn facts and conditions to suit them.

    He is a sire to 10 whales...He was just fine the day before. I'm sure he isn't a religious it is not necessary to 'eye for an eye him'....


    February 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  9. Bobby Reilly

    These are 'killer' whales being held captive. This is truly a trajedy, but one must keep in mind that wild animals, when captive, are not going to act the exact way we'd like.
    By the way, sweet suit Tony.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  10. Dan Scarlotto

    Release him. I feel for the family of that dedicated and loving trainer. According to the report he was held over after the show for a special appearance for a couple of people. These whales are highly intelligent, he was probably not in the mood for working overtime just for a few more fish.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  11. michael armstrong sr.

    Any one who thinks this Whale is going to starve to death in the ocean is an idiot the only thing it has to worry about is conflict with other Whales .

    February 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  12. Tamikka Malloy

    I believe the whale should be released back into its natural habitat rather than be killed. After all, animals or in this case a mamal, are just that, and they act accordingly so. I think when humans start trying to interact with nature's beast, no matter how beautiful they may seem, it is only a matter of time before some unfortunate incident like this one occurs. Being that this whale has killed before, it's a no brainer that it should not be used as source of entertainment again!!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  13. Hary

    Tony – Tony – The killer whale is a wild animal that is being exploited to make money. Trainers working with wild animals are taking risks and they know it. Do not punish a wild creature for acting naturally. Wild animal trainers are taking risks like mountain climbers and other risks takers. No one suggests destroying the mountain when a climber dies. It isn’t logical to destroy the wild animal either.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  14. Henya, Ca

    I agree with Katrina it will be death sentence, and another thing for sea world It is all about how much money they can make bottom line shear holders not about the animals they just use and abuse,

    February 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  15. Chef KBV

    Sure release the whale, and while your at it release the elephant from the circuses, and send all the zoo animals back to their native countries. ........

    February 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  16. Jason Downie

    Whales should not be captivity. They are to big to live in a pool.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  17. John Babitskas

    Tony. If at all possible return him to the sea where he came from. I just cannot fathom putting him down. Jack in Atlanta.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  18. Hadayai

    Return the whale to the wild. It has told you it does not want to play with you any more. Let it go!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  19. john

    I think the biggest arguement is the dorsal fin and tail fin. The killer whale fins crul as a serious sign that the whale is not in enough water to swim. This is the same as if you had to walk around in a 4 foot high room for 20 years. This is torture for these animals. These people are not trainers or even conser...vationist. They are prison guards, and in this case the prisoner had enough. The whale knows what its doing, it was not playing as they will tell you at sea world. These whale in the wild can create waves to wash seals off ice slabs. The also play with their food, and know what it takes to kill....This whale knows just how long to keep a human under water to kill them. FREE THE WHALES!! STOP GOING TO SEA WORLD!!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  20. Rusty Minter

    Thats a no brainer. When a human is killed by an animal, you kill it immediately in a way that causes no pain. If it lives , it could kill again and it can't live forever anyway. If it had been killed after its 1st victim, 2 more people wouldn't had to suffer such a terrible death.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  21. JMG

    Leave the whale be

    February 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  22. Masarat

    you can only push an animal to a certain limit. Training it,make it do acrobats and act like a clown how far and to what extand.Hasent the animal already siad by killing 3 people now that enough people leave me alone i dont wanna do this....
    I think the govt. should intervene and let the animals like orka whales and dophine be free where they belong and not make clown of them and teach them stupid and meaningless tricks.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
  23. Masarat

    you can only push an animal to a certain limit. Training it,make it do acrobats and act like a clown how far and to what extend.Has'nt the animal already siad by killing 3 people now that enough people leave me alone i dont wanna do this....
    I think the govt. should intervene and let the animals like orka whales and dophine be free where they belong and not make clown of them and teach them stupid and meaningless tricks.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  24. Tony in St. Louis

    Geez, ...the whale has 3 human kills under his belt! Why hold him? Release him back into the wild. Preferably back to the area that he was plucked from. He was born free, ...let him die free!

    February 26, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  25. David R.

    Release the whale.... he will learn to adapt to the wild... better than he learned to adapt to captivity. Set him free.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  26. Henry Zawadzki

    Tony, As a commercial fisherman in Alaska for more than 25 years and having several close encounters with killer whales . This is like putting an inocent man in prison. The whale should be relocated into his original
    pod and this practice should be outlawed. Killer Whales are a resource
    that is diminishing all over the world.
    Thanks, Henry Zawadzki

    February 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  27. Adrian Jefferson

    About the so called killer whale, formerly known as the Orca. When will people learn that nothing that is borne free wants to be confined. This is the third instant where the Orca has said in whale speak “ let my people go” We think that just because we build a nice cage and feed the animal it is happy. All things that are caged want to get out of the cage, no matter how large the cage. I don't believe in Zoo's of any kind. Let the Orca go.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  28. Richard A. "Red" Lawhern, Ph.D.

    If this animal cannot be released into the wild again (which after 25 years I would doubt) then retire the whale from performance into a protected and LARGE salt water sanctuary away from Sea World. They've made their profit, and now it's time to pay back. The performance tanks at Sea World are clearly too small to permit such an animal the room for proper exercise.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  29. j.dock harrell

    Keeping the whale is a hard decision. They should remember
    why they call them "Killer Whales"
    Maybe Seaworld should start ocean tours as apposed to
    keeping them in what is essentially a bathtub from the
    whales' perspective.


    February 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  30. Patrick

    The trainer who was killed considered the whales her children. That's what reporters said. What would you do with a child who kills someone who cares very much about him/her? A child who doesn't know any better? Would you abandon that child? Would a child be able to survive on his/her own? Can a whale that has lived in captivity can survive on its own in the wild? Would you execute the child? Would you execute the whale even though it is someone's child? These are the questions that need to be asked when dealing with Tilly the Whale.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  31. Therese Becker

    It is called a "killer" whale! If anyone wants to work with it, they should be willing to take the risk of being killed. While I am saddened by the trainer's death, (and she knew that whale's history) to destroy the whale would just be adding more insanity to the situation. I definitely think it should only be used for breeding, and not be allowed to perform again, in particular where children might witness another tragedy. We will never really know if that whale "knew" its power was killing her.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:06 pm |
  32. D. King

    I feel bad about what happen to the trainer, but she knew the risk of working with a Killer Whale. Sea World should get rid of the whale for everyone interest.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  33. mike sey

    Let's face it the issue for the zoo probably has more to do with having a handy stud around so the Show can go on.However it probably wouldn't survive long in the wild after so many years in captivity around people and could pose a danger to boats and people. On balance let it go and we'll see.

    Anyway, why is anyone surprised that a trainer is killed now an then?
    Happens all the time with people who become overly familiar with bears, hyenas, dogs, gators and even fish.

    The research excuse doesn't hold a lot of water for continuing these circuses on land or in the water.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  34. Morey

    If I understand it correctly, this poor animal was captured in the wild and my opinion is that it should be set free. To the owners this is just business and if they cared, they should have released it right after the first killing. I visited the Sea World years ago. I will not spend a single dollar there if I ever go back to Orlando and if people cared enough, that is how they should send a message to the owners.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  35. Patrick

    Sea World employees and owners care very deeply for the animals at their parks. They have expressed that an uncountable number of times in the media. If you don't believe that, then that's your issue but don't accuse them of being heartless. Additionally, they have more knowledge of these animals than you do. Many zoologists work at Sea World and they know how to appropriately treat animals. If you're not a zoologists, I don't think it's fair of you to say that the conditions they live in are inhumane. Have some respect for their education and their professionalism.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  36. Becky

    It is too late to free Tilikum and expect him to survive. Remember the experiment several years ago to release a captive Orca (Killer Whale)? After many months, and much effort, that Orca died although he did have a few months of pseudo freedom.

    Although in no way do I blame the trainer who died but, there are several rules when dealing with captive 'wild' animals that are often more dangerous than free-ranging wild animals due of the neurosis that develop in captivity.

    Three of the most important rules are:

    Remove all jewelry and keep hair very short so that the animal can't use them as 'handles'. Long hair can be dangerous when training any animal. It can be mistaken for a tail, another animal, or a tug toy. Fingers have been lost when an animal grabbed a ring and bit down or tried to take it off.

    Do not dress to look like the animal as it may mistake you for one of its own kind, i.e. black and white Orca patterned wetsuits in the Shamu shows.

    Know the animal's body language and do not repeat those that the animal might perceive as a threat. Head weaving and/or bobbing can indicate a threat in some species.

    If the captive animal is showing signs of stress, do not proceed with any training or performance; wait 'til the animal calms down. Observers indicated that the Shamu whales were misbehaving and not following signals prior to the tragedy so there was already an issue.

    February 26, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  37. Wildlifemom

    I agree that being able to show captive bred orcas may be a very successful educational tool. In Tilikum's case, he was taken out of the wild and held for half of his life in captivity. He has been an asset to Sea World for enough of his years and has brought in millions of dollars in ticket sales. He has given them many offspring that have never known the wild. If they cared enough for his well-being, I believe that they should expend a little of all the millions of dollars that they have received at their facilities because of these shows and attempt to re-introduce him back to his natural habitat. They should attempt a "soft release" project which would be favorably supported by the national and world-wide. These are extremely intelligent creatures and when wild animals are rehabilitated correctly, in most instances their natural instincts will kick in when introduced to their natural habitat. I have been doing such rehab work for over 25 years, although not with marine animals, and believe it could work. He deserves the chance to live out the rest of his natural life, no matter how long that is, in his native environment.

    February 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  38. Lily Kuo

    I can't understand how human beings cannot understand a whale in a bathtub is cruel and unusual punishment for the whale. Not only that, the whale has to "perform"... "to earn a living." The whale is more than patient, kind and of good humor to "cooperate" with humans for this many years. Afterall, what alternative does it have?? The poor creature can't kill himself even if it wanted to. It was not "attacking" the trainer.... It did not even sink its teeth.... If it really wanted to kill something, it would have done so effortlessly. It does not know the trainer is a human (unlike himself) and therefore cannot stay in the water too long (like he can). It does not know the human does not have his strength (and therefore he "played" with the human "gently" - even so, it was too much for the human to handle). Please wake up, humans, and let him go back to his home in the ocean. Take responsibility for capturing him and retrain him to survive in the ocean before releasing him. Stop the circus of the sea world Shamu "entertainment" and stop the cruelty of keeping animals in small confined area and making them perform. Yes, I agree with Jane Valez totally. And why shouldn't Jane be emotional? Good for you Jane that you are speaking from the heart and also from the mind. It is outrageous what humans do to animals and to other humans. The poor whale cannot speak. It only "pulled' the pony tail.... Wouldn't you be stressed out living the whale's life? What would you do if you were the whale?

    February 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  39. Lisa

    If any of you have compassion for these animals, stop taking your children to Seaworld, or circus's thus supporting the exploitation of these intelligent, and sensitive creatures. If the $money train stops they will have no reason to keep them. I think it's tragic this woman died, but if you think she wasn't aware of the dangers you're very naive. I am sad for her family, and for their loss... but this whale who was plucked from his environment only to be thrown into a baby pool and forced to do menial tricks for the amusement of human beings had no choice she had a choice...what about his soul, his life, his family? Call me crazy I guess but I think this type of entertainment should be banned world wide... and to put this whale down, or set him free may be the most humane thing to do for him. He's trapped in a tiny pool when he should be swimming in a vast ocean. And for those of you who think you're entitled to this type of entertainment, you'd better be careful you could come back as one of these creatures in your next life.

    February 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  40. michael armstrong sr.

    Jane' interview with Jack Hannon was right on you go Jane and tell Tarzan to go feed the big fish .

    February 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  41. Art

    Regarding the interview with Jack Hanna and Jane Velez-mitchell..Jack was correct, Jane was speaking on emotion not logic...the interview was like a joke, having Jack Hanna, a world known animal expert vs Jane a good reporter,.... but just that.... a reporter not an animial expert..she looked so foolish attempting to argue her point, Jack was composed and Jane was excited!...if she had a point it was lost in her lack of self control and the future I would suggest she have all of her facts and figures prepared instead of throwing out emotional remarks!

    February 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  42. Pam

    This is not the animals fault. He is kept in a small space and he must get frustrated.We use them for our entertainment and expect to adjust to what we want. He is a killer whale and we are the ones killing these wonderful animals. If he was let go how do we know he would not end up like Free Willy! We should be ashamed of ourselves for what we are doing to these beautiful creatures and find a way to just coexist with them.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  43. john sudic

    Sure release the whale, and while your at it release the elephant from the circuses, and send all the zoo animals back to their native countries. ........Animal have nature as their cage LEVE THEM THERE !!How would you like to be in a cage so other humans can look at you !!???

    February 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  44. GA

    Living in a tank when you should be living in an OCEAN is a death sentence! Educate yourself and your children. Shame on people who take kids to zoos, the circus or Sea World.

    Whales, dolphins, Elephants etc are intelligent beings who live long lives.
    NO CAGE, TANK OR PEN will ever be big enough for them to live a life free from gawking people and tricks to make money for a human being.

    If you want to see an Orca take your family on a trip to see them in the Ocean not to Sea World. These parks should STOP BREEDING and shut down. Captivity is no life for an animal who should roam free in the wild.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  45. Mary

    I is ineresting to note that so many other animals (seaworld alone has many) are held in these inhumane horrible conditions people are writing about and yet do not cause the deaths of human beings or harm them. They know how to interact with trained humans and do not cause harm. Seaworld has been operating for how many years and should never have agreed to take this dangerous animal. This animal for whatever reason has killed (or been linked to) three, I write again three deaths of human beings. Obviously there is something wrong with it. I don't care what it is. People try to hard to understand these things. We will never understand. It has simply learned dangerous behaviors and should be put down. I know this may be upsetting for some people but it is the safest course of action and it will keep anyone from making profit off of animals that have been linked to deaths in the future.

    February 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  46. Di Angeli Ilovan Lucie

    Rick! Give me a break! This whale was captured in waters of Island, keept for years in captivity, forced to do "the tricks", because the public likes " "the ricks" How much money Sea World made on the back of these poor annimals! These beautiful creatures belong to the wild!Do not forget ! We calleed them "KILLER WHALES" Trainer took the risk, !She should know better then that, and for God sake Killer Whales is NOT the dog!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  47. Sheila Cohen

    RELEASE THE WHALE. GIVE IT FREEDOM as it deserves. give them all FREEDOM!!!

    February 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  48. Sean

    Ok, either release it to be kill itself in the wild.
    Or let it kill a human every 10 years.
    Pick your poison.
    The whale is worth too much monetarily to Sea World, but of course they don't want to state that at a news conference.
    But of course Sea World will block that notion out.

    February 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  49. Ada-Mt pocono

    Leave Tilikum alone. it is so tragic that that beautiful young lady had to die in that manner, however, after seeing the video as to what transpired prior to the unfortunate accident- I believe that Tilikum was still in 'play' mode.

    It is so sad but I am sure that the trainer Dawn Brancheau would not want this whale harmed in any way. From the video it was obvious that she loved this animal.

    Perhaps Sea World should stop this sort of entertainment for profit and exploitation of these wild 'killer' whales.

    Sea World is the guilty party in this tragedy.

    February 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  50. Rachg

    Please release this animal into his natural waters where he was originally captured. Using a responsible release program he may be able to enjoy many days, months or years roaming the oceans. Wouldn't one week of freedom be worth the endless hell he had endured in a bathtub?

    February 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  51. Jeanette Feldman

    what gives people the wright to take animals of any kind out from their natural environment! i really dont feel sorry for any trainers who try to domesticate wild animals of any kind. how would humans like to be held captive by wild animal and foced to live their life style! common! be real!!!! stop this abuse ! all of this abuse just for profit ! and to make human smile?.find a better way to laugh.

    February 26, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
  52. Jeanette Feldman

    please release the whale and let him do what he was born do LIVE!!!!! like we do ...or do you live under water?..!.

    February 27, 2010 at 12:08 am |
  53. Jeanette Feldman

    whales .... monkeys .bears... where the hell do you sea bikes and ropes and gadgets in the wild where animals a killer wahle kills a human..omg! and we kill fish when we are hungry. dont we?

    February 27, 2010 at 12:12 am |
  54. A. Smith, Oregon

    The US Senate should craft a bill that would make it illegal to keep any Orcha Whale in captivity over 1/2 of its expected lifespan before releasing that Orcha Whale back into the Ocean.

    I can think of no great memorial to the brave and dedicated Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau who tragically lost her life showing the world how beautiful and graceful these huge sentient creatures are.

    Oregonians rescued Willie-Kiko a female Orcha Whale from a Mexican resort tank and after medical rehab successfully released Willie-Kiko back to the Ocean where she lived free for her last 10 years and died as a free Orcha Whale with her pod mates.

    February 27, 2010 at 12:25 am |
  55. jean koch

    If you release several captive killer whales at one time so that they can form their own pod because they were raised together they would probably be ok. Prove me wrong with some facts.
    Please release Tilikum and other orcas that he has been with in captivity. For those who are selfish and want to make even more money on him from the corporation they could have them followed and make a movie of their lives. Where is the proof that if you release several killer whales at the same time they will not survive. Have a heart. Give him back his freedom with his own pod. After all people were responsible for disrupting his life to begin with at the age of two.

    February 27, 2010 at 5:35 am |
  56. Monique

    No Tili should not be released because his release would only have the same fate as Keiko (free willy). Although Keiko did re-adapt to the wild, his age, like Tilikum, is efforts and time thrown out the window. Tilikum should be retired and placed in a sanctuary such as the one they propose to San Juan island or others that have been used in the past. Seaword, the Seaquarium, and other such facilities do a lot of good in teaching the public and training these animals, but their use such be limited. It is lucrative to keep these animals for 30 or 40 years like they are doing with Lolita and Tilikum, but it is unhealthy to the orcas and is on the brink of exploitation. These animals should be retired after a 10 year work period and reintroduced to the wild within a 5 year period following their retiremnt. We should all try to place our focus on the best solution to these animals and demand that they are not exploited. Oh and Bob Weiner, Orcas are mammals, dolphins, not a fish.

    February 27, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  57. Greenpeez

    Orcas communicate via sound. One renowned researcher noted that having an Orca in a tank is the equivilant of putting a human in a jail cell blindfolded. He also noted that an Orca has never killed a human in the wild!

    February 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  58. Pat

    Whales are not domestic animals. They are wild animals. This whale has lived in captivity too long to be released but certainly should not be killed. People who equate whales with dangerous dogs are wrong.

    February 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  59. Wojciech Moskal

    The only fish i like is on the dinner plate.

    February 28, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  60. Bonnie

    release the whale

    March 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  61. Julie

    These highly-intelligent, enormous mammals need to be in their natural environment to swim and play and mate and race across the oceans. What are we thinking when we imprison them for life, and force them to perform tricks for our enjoyment? Tillikum was caught in the wild and imprisoned at Sea World since he was 2 years old. Of course he was probably trying to play, and he most likely can never be returned to the wild again. Though I imagine if they really wanted to, they could do it. They could follow him with a boat for a while and make sure he's safe and finds a pod to be with. Better yet, Jim Borrowman suggested retiring captive dophins and orcas to a large, natural enclosed sea environment! People could pay to see them in their natural environment! I hope this raises awareness for all the animals we senselessly imprison for our pleasure. To be given the girth and strength to travel 100 miles a day through the ocean, yet be confined to a bathtub for life. The horriblel torment we put these animals through...

    March 2, 2010 at 2:11 am |
  62. James

    Shut Down Sea World, its a corporation profiting from the exploitation of animals. Here is a simple equation:

    Exploitation + Research = $$Cash$$

    Now some common sense – which will yield the most cash for Sea World? Exploitation or Research? Amusement park or research facility?

    March 2, 2010 at 4:58 am |
  63. Laura

    Sea World should not have "killer whales" on exhibit with humans. This story is like those of shows in Las Vegas with white tigers, and like the woman who has no hands or face after being attacked by her pet Chimp. Undomesticated animals are deadly to humans by nature. Add to that the recent story of the Rottwiler (bred to attack, but kept as a family pet) who mauled a 4 year old girl. People who perpetuate this kind of silliness with animals must run on pure emotion, because they certainly are not thinking straight.

    March 2, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  64. serafina

    Stop the breeding of the Orca's and Dolphin's in captivity that's the first thing that should be done.
    If captive whales can survive in the wild then let them go, I live on Vancouver island and if anyone wants to view the Killer Whales then go out on a whale tour. I have seen the Killer Whales many times usually on the ferry runs to Vancouver they are amazing to watch they jump and play and their young are right by their sides so very cool!! They have families!! I couldn't imagine watching a whale performing in seaworld or any place for our amusement and for the millions they supply to the owners of these places.

    March 2, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  65. Elaine

    I live in New Zealand, we used to have Dolphins in captivity for abusvie viewing but that was closed years ago because of the out cry from the public .
    We now have daily sea trips or plane trips off the coast of Kaikora to view the whales in their enviroment and Dolphin trips in Akoroa harbour as well as swim with the Dolphins which any one who can swim can do, you don't need to get in a tank at sea world, the Dolphins haven't been deprived of food to get them to do any thing , these activities are very popular with both residence and tourists
    It is so exciting, the Dolphins come up to the boat and jump out of the water, just seeing them in their own envirment making contact with us is so special, I have not swum with the Dolphins but many do, I have never heard of them attacking, just playing and interacting.
    The only way to stop Sea World is to change the minds of the people who go to see them, educate them, once people thought slavery was ok or throwing Christians to the lions or nailing Jesus to the cross was okay and went to watch, if people stopped going they would close
    The value of our dollar is much less than most so you get a lot for your money, so catch a plane and come to our beautiful country and experience it for yourself.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  66. madelyn

    Again, follow the money... Sea World is making millions with their
    billion dollar business of exploiting wild animals... Also, have lost
    all respect for Jack Hanna, a Sea World board member, who is in
    favor of keeping wild animals in amusement parks and zoos!!!
    I would like to throw the owners of Sea World and Jack Hanna in
    a tank, and throw them a "treat" for performing a trick (in lieu of putting
    money in their pockets)!!!

    We can study these animals in the wild... There is absolutely no
    educational value in training these captive animals to entertain
    people!!! Again, follow money!!! My heart goes out to these poor
    confined animals.... They were born free and should remain free!!!

    Too bad there is not a law against exploiting animals for the purpose
    of money... Thank goodness there are organizations like PETA and
    the Humane Society!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  67. Debbie

    Why is Sea World allowed to get away with keeping this tortured animal in a tiny tank? This is punishment in the extreme. As a country, we should be ashamed to allow this to go on.

    March 4, 2010 at 8:54 am |