Here’s the deal…. if you haven’t seen Blackfish, the documentary that aired on CNN a couple of times in the past week, you need to give it some attention. Never have I seen a documentary that kept me awake at night, stirring, feeling sick to my stomach, and continued to penetrate my dreams throughout the night. Upon awakening the next morning, I felt just as disgusted as I did the night before.
The bottom line is that the human greed uncovered by the top decision makers at Sea World is absolutely disgusting. The money, the power, the status…. at the expense of basic moral and ethical standards (and I’m talking very minimal standards) is heart wrenching.
Sea World trainers deprived of crucial information which ultimately leads to preventable accidents/deaths, negligent and atrocious decisions made on behalf of these amazing orcas that ultimately leads to uncharacteristic aggression and depression, and jaw-dropping coverups by the PR department at Sea World…. all of these are pieces to the sickening puzzle that make up Blackfish.
I may take my children to Sea World one day but we will never walk through the entrance doors. We will stand outside the gates with picket signs, for this will teach them much more about the power of human compassion and freedom of speech. This will get Tilikum closer to freedom…. much closer than he would be if I drained my wallet to support the disgusting decisions made by this multi-billion dollar company.
Healing and love to the creatures who are born to swim over a hundred miles each day…. but are restricted to spaces that are less than one-hundredth of that. Shame on the humans who keep them in captivity to increase the size of their wallets and their egos. Shame on them.
Kudos to CNN for having the cajones to air the program and to Gabriela Cowperthwaite for having the wherewithal to complete such a painful project, with grace and bravery.