The Case Against Killer Whales in Captivity Part 2: A Profile on Tilikum

In my previous blog, I described the story of the famous killer whale named Keiko and explained the disputes behind his release. In continuing my analysis on marine animals in captivity, I will be focusing on another famous whale mentioned in “Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity” by David Kirby, named Tilikum. Unfortunately, Tilikum is famous for the wrong reasons. Continue reading

The Case Against Killer Whales in Captivity Part 1: A Profile on Keiko

“There’s a place I know in Ontario…” was probably one of the most popular jingles in my childhood growing up in Southern Ontario. While the finale of the jingle sings: “Everyone loves Marineland”, not all living creatures at marine parks are living happily. In fact, most are suffering tremendously. I have always been an advocate for animal rights. Recently, I was recommended the book “Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark side of Killer Whales in Captivity” by David Kirby by one of my friends who is a passionate advocate for marine animal rights. This book was extremely fascinating, and I have gained significant insight into the controversies surrounding marine theme parks and the different arguments that both sides have. While reading this book, I was fascinated with the stories of two killer whales. For this first blog, I will be covering one of these captivating whales, the infamous Keiko.

Keiko

Keiko

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