Animal rights group calls for an end of public display of captive orcas after another dies at SeaWorld

The animal-rights group In Defense of Animals, say it's now past time to stop using the public display of orcas for SeaWorld's benefit:

“Public display of orcas only serves SeaWorld’s corporate need to profit from dangerous and unnatural stunts. It provides no meaningful education about protecting orcas in the wild and their natural habitats,” said IDA President Scotlund Haisley. “As NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service) deliberates changes to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), new regulations must stop all captive breeding and public display of this species.”

As we reported in April, at marine parks like SeaWorld, in permit applications, in order to comply with federal law, they must emphasize that they are using, in this case orcas, for education purposes.  But IDA's Scotlund Haisley says they're not being used for education at all.

“It is time the U.S. elevate its marine conservation ethic and stop exploiting orcas and other marine mammals in captivity for profit,” added Haisley. “SeaWorld should focus their resources on rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured animals rather than forcing orcas and other marine mammals to perform dangerous and unnatural circus-style tricks for food.”

There are only a couple of days for the public to weigh in with the NMFS regarding revisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations.  In Defense of Animals wants the  the public to contact NMFS "to phase out marine parks and, until then, create stricter regulations and oversight for facilities with public display permits, and prohibit any further captive breeding or captures of marine mammals from the wild."

Animal rights activists groups are once again calling for SeaWorld to halt the use of orcas for entertainment purposes at SeaWorld in Orlando after a 20-year-old orca died during the birthing process over the weekend.

Theme park officials canceled Sunday's performances in Shamu Stadium after a whale named Taima and her calf died, but the show must go on, and did on Monday.

This is the second such tragedy to occur at SeaWorld this year.  Back in February  trainer  Dawn Brancheu was attacked and killed by a whale named Tilikum, which led to a CL story we wrote about using captive animals for entertainment purposes, and why our animal loving public doesn't object to the practice in large numbers (Tilikum was apparently the father of the deceased calf).

According to a report by a local Orlando television affiliate, some visitors to the theme park today had an issue with the "Believe" show on Monday,

Taima performed in the "Believe" shows and some visitors at the park were dismayed and said the show was hard to watch."I don't know, it's quite hard. It's like watching a big fish in a fish bowl and you don't know if you should be doing it really," one park visitor said.

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