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killer whales are not supposed to kiss you

one of dozens of letters i sent in my 2003 anti marine mammal park letter writing campaign. this madness needs to stop.



June 13, 2003

Mr. Brad Andrews
Vice President of Zoological Operations
Sea World
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821-8097

Dear Mr. Andrews:

I visited Sea World San Antonio on May 25th. It will be my last visit to any of the Sea World parks. After doing research on the whales and dolphins that I viewed in captivity, I am angry but mostly deeply saddened at the conditions of which they live. There is nothing in this world that you can say that can convince me that this is an “educational” setting. After spending money at your park, I donated that money back to the Keiko whale fund at the Humane Society of the U.S.

The conditions in which they live do not mirror their natural habitat in any way. The tricks that some animals are forced to do 365 days a year, sometimes 6 times a day, are not natural. The tanks of which they are forced to swim in monotonous circles, mostly at the surface of the water, is not natural. This is not educational. This is entertainment strictly for the purpose of making a profit. There is little regard for removing these animals from their families in the wild. Just give the public what it wants, right? Don’t tell them the truth about the high mortality rates, especially for calves bred in captivity, aggression among dolphins fighting for food from dangled from children, dorsal fin collapse, inadequate diets leading to illness, skin problems due to chlorinated water and intense exposure from the sun due to floating at the surface, and stress.

I am not a raging animal activist I am simply a web manager at a community college. In fact, this is the first issue that I have felt strongly enough to write letters about in my 32 years. I went to Sea World in San Diego as a child and never thought about this. I never knew anything was wrong with keeping these huge mammals of the sea in a swimming pool. I think about it now. I will not support Anheuser-Busch products and I will spread the word to everyone I know to not patronize Sea World. I will inform people about the two orca whales who died within the last two years at Sea World San Antonio. I will write letters to my senators, representatives, APHIS, and Sea World sponsors. It may not be much, but it is something.

Please, please, as a first step, close the remaining three Sea World petting pools. Secondly, stop capturing these animals from the wild and putting them in your swimming pool prisons. Until this happens, I will continue to remind everyone I come in contact with not to purchase Anheuser-Busch products nor to support any Sea World sponsors and most importantly not to bring their families to your parks.




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