Sea World tries to 'Set the Record Straight' Do you buy it?

Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by chapped, Dec 20, 2013.

?

Is Sea World telling the truth?

Poll closed Dec 30, 2013.
  1. Yes, Sea World is telling the truth

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  2. No, Sea World is only about the money

    16 vote(s)
    76.2%
  3. Don't care, would eat Shamu burgers if I could

    4 vote(s)
    19.0%
  1. chapped

    chapped Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    384,616
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Messages:
    55,632
    Likes Received:
    61,906

    [​IMG]


    SeaWorld: The Truth Is in Our Parks and People

    An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates


    Inaccurate reports recently have generated questions about SeaWorld and the animals in our care. The truth is in our parks and people, and it’s time to set the record straight.
    The men and women of SeaWorld are true animal advocates. We are the 1,500 scientists, researchers, veterinarians, trainers, marine biologists, aquarists, aviculturists, educators and conservationists who have dedicated our lives to the animals in our care as well as those in the wild that are injured, ill or orphaned. Whether it’s a sea lion, manatee, sea turtle or whale, we are on call 24/7.
    Here are some important facts about SeaWorld and our work:

    • SeaWorld does not capture killer whales in the wild. Due to the groundbreaking success of our research in marine mammal reproduction, we haven’t collected a killer whale from the wild in 35 years. In fact, only two of the whales in our care were collected by SeaWorld and they continue to be in our care today. In addition, our research has led to a much greater understanding of whales in the wild, giving researchers important scientific insights surrounding marine mammal reproduction.
    • We do not separate killer whale moms and calves. SeaWorld recognizes the important bond between mother and calf. On the rare occasion that a mother killer whale cannot care for the calf herself, we have successfully hand raised and reintroduced the calf. Whales are only moved to maintain a healthy social structure.
    • SeaWorld invests millions of dollars in the care of our killer whales. In the last three years alone, we have invested $70 million in our killer whale habitats and millions of dollars annually in support of these facilities. Our habitats are among the largest in the world today. They are state-of-the-art, multimillion-gallon environments of cooled and filtered water that allow for the highest and safest standards of care. We give our animals restaurant-quality fish, exercise, veterinary care, mental stimulation, and the company of other members of their species.
    • SeaWorld’s killer whales’ life spans are equivalent with those in the wild. While studies continue to define the average life span of killer whales in the wild, the most recent science suggests that our killer whales’ life spans are comparable — indeed, five of our animals are older than 30, and one of our whales is close to 50.
    • The killer whales in our care benefit those in the wild. We work with universities, governmental agencies and NGOs to increase the body of knowledge about and the understanding of killer whales — from their anatomy and reproductive biology to their auditory abilities. Some populations of wild killer whales have been classified as endangered or threatened, demonstrating the potential critical nature of these research opportunities. This type of controlled research and study is simply not possible in the wild, and has significant real-world benefits to the killer whales that live there.
    • SeaWorld is a world leader in animal rescue. The millions of people who visit our parks each year make possible SeaWorld’s world-renowned work in rescue, rehabilitation and release. We are constantly innovating when it comes to this care: Our veterinarians have created nursing bottles to hand-feed orphaned whales, prosthetics to save sea turtles, and a wetsuit to help injured manatees stay afloat during rehabilitation. Whether it’s the result of natural or man-made disasters, SeaWorld is always on call and often the first to be contacted. We have rescued more than 23,000 animals with the goal of treating and returning them to the wild.
    Naturalist Baba Dioum put it best when he said, “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.â€
    At SeaWorld, this has been our calling since we first opened our doors 50 years ago. It is a responsibility we do not take lightly. More than 400 million guests have visited SeaWorld. We are proud that their experiences here have a lasting and positive impact on them, and on the world in which we live.
    The truth about SeaWorld is right here in our parks and people. Our guests may enter our gates having never given much thought to the remarkable animals in our oceans. When they leave with a greater appreciation for the importance of the sea, educated about the animals that live there and inspired to make a difference, we have done our job.
     
  2. Dirty South

    Dirty South Large Member

    Reputations:
    267,947
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Messages:
    24,627
    Likes Received:
    25,054
    Fuck no. Blackfish fucked their shit up. Fuck them.
     
  3. chapped

    chapped Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    384,616
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Messages:
    55,632
    Likes Received:
    61,906
    poll added....



    I said Poll
     
  4. k4D3t

    k4D3t Reverse Apache Master VIP

    Reputations:
    4,282
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2010
    Messages:
    15,734
    Likes Received:
    169
    they shouldn't be breeding big animals like that in captivity
     
  5. MyLazyHand

    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

    Reputations:
    162,029
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Messages:
    15,280
    Likes Received:
    23,040
    Whales are too big and too smart to be shoved into a tiny swimming pool for 50 years.

    I am opposed to animal jails. Figure out some other way.
     
  6. chapped

    chapped Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    384,616
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Messages:
    55,632
    Likes Received:
    61,906
    i agree ... but now that i think about it. is there anyway that this thread will turn into anything but a Robin Photoshop thread?

    EliasBoy in 3 2 1
     
  7. Kool

    Kool Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    32,180
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2012
    Messages:
    8,621
    Likes Received:
    8,825
    haven't seen it yet
     
  8. Uncle Larry

    Uncle Larry Well-Known Member VIP

    Reputations:
    53,900
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2011
    Messages:
    4,447
    Likes Received:
    7,683
    Sea World animal advocates are just like phonies who wear leather jackets and rock leather purses telling people not to eat burgers.

    Sounds like a bad attempt at damage control - even if the life span of their killer whales is comparable to those in the wild, being stuck in a small pool owned by greedy bastards doesn't provide the same quality of life.
     
  9. Dirty South

    Dirty South Large Member

    Reputations:
    267,947
    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2012
    Messages:
    24,627
    Likes Received:
    25,054
    The animals live 60-75 years in the wild... 30 years or so in captivity. That's really all that needs to be typed...
     
  10. 14chimneys

    14chimneys Member

    Reputations:
    39
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2013
    Messages:
    702
    Likes Received:
    14
    I remember in the 70's when you could fish there, they had maybe 5,000 fish in a small man made pound, if you spit in the water 100's of fish would try to eat it! So you basically caught a fish instantly. I remember after you caught the fish, they guy would take it off the hook & beat it's head in with the pliers & hand you the fish. (Just the way they did it was kinda funny & freaky) It was like these few guys jobs to walk around all fast unhook them and beat the caught fish & hand it to you.

    It was very 1970's, lol
     
  11. Icculus

    Icculus Well-Known Member

    Reputations:
    1,412
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2012
    Messages:
    2,001
    Likes Received:
    354
    the anger and rage I felt from watching it definitely wasn't healthy. fuck them.

    I could give a shit about sick and starving people, but show me someone mistreating an animal and I'm ready to brutally kill someone.