Profiting On Conservation: Animals In Captivity Abused For Human Entertainment

1179 words - 5 pages

Animals have been used in entertainment before Shamu became the headliner at Sea World. Ancient Romans threw innocent people and animals into a coliseum solely to entertain the spectators in the stands. People have been paying to see animals perform tricks for the past two thousand years. Marine animals are often captured or rescued from the wild under conservation terms, but trained by punishment instead of positive reinforcement to perform in themed shows in order to boost attendance for Marine Parks mainly for profit. Animals who travel with circuses are often trained by withholding food or beatings with whips and bull hooks. The worst of all, there are so few government regulations and laws to prevent abuse of animals for the sake of profit. Although it is normal to see circuses, local zoos ,and animal themed parks offer forms of entertainment involving the collaboration of humans and animals they had rescued, attendees of such venues should reconsider visiting these establishments because animals are forced to learn unnatural acts, abused during the training process ,and forced to live outside their natural habitat.
On February 24, 2010, an orca attacked and drowned its trainer during a training session. The media outlets released articles on how this was not the first incident caused by this particular orca. The public was outraged and demanded for the removal of this killer whale and sending it back to the wild. The truth is that after a marine animal such as killer whales and dolphins are removed from the wild they loose the ability to use their sonar. As Jean-Michael Crousteau in a interview with Tyler Hayden “When you take a wild cetacean and put it in a tank, its acoustic system is suddenly screwed up. Its sonar reverberates off the concrete in its tank and, little by little, the animal becomes totally silenced. It’s like a person being blindfolded in a jail cell” (2). The killer whale featured in Free Willy was rescued from a Mexican marine themed park. They found him suffering a skin disease caused by abuse during the training sessions and was fed a diet of frozen fish. Killer whales or orcas are only supposed to eat fresh fish, particularly native fishes to their natural habitat. These parks advertise the purpose of their existence for conservation and education, but all they want to do is to profit from these animals. Again from the interview between Cousteau and Hayden, Cousteau response to animals being placed on display is “My point is that we’ve learned enough with captive animals today that we need to leave them in their environment and stop capturing them and putting them in jail. For what? For our pleasure and profit. It’s all about making money. Marine entertainment centers are in the business to make money; let’s not argue about that. Is it educational? No” (5). As the marine animals lose their senses, they slowly lose their minds too. In PETA’s article about marine parks “Some Captive dolphins have reportedly taken...

Find Another Essay On Profiting on Conservation: Animals in Captivity Abused for Human Entertainment

Should Animals Be Kept in Captivity?

822 words - 4 pages years, keeping animals in captivity has not changed in safety or the well-being and health of the animal. There are about 26 billion animals or 10,000 species that are kept on farms or in zoos, conservation breeding centers, research laboratories and households1. A symbol of power, income, and pride come from all zoos2. Most animals are usually held in captivity for entertainment, education, research, and conservation purposes. The reasons that

Should Animals Be Kept in Captivity?

734 words - 3 pages are held in captivity could favor some people and others not. Animals in captivity are usually held for entertainment, education, research, and conservation purposes. The other major reason they are held in captive is the process of rehabilitation. The article, Ethical Issues, defines rehabilitation as the treatment of wild animals found injured or ill, taken into captivity until restored to full health and then returned to the wild. Then when the

Should Animals Be Kept in Captivity

2110 words - 8 pages , or abused and tortured because apparently that’s the only possible way to train an animal? How about just knowing that your real life is over and now all you get to do is put on a show for people? That is what we put these animals through for our entertainment we tear children away from their parents. In what way is that right? It’s just like kidnapping we put humans in jail for that but only when it’s another human. People act like just because

Should Wild Animals Be Kept In Captivity?

1143 words - 5 pages On February 24, 2010, Trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a captive killer whale which dragged her into its tank (McCarthy). This is not the only case where a trainer of ordinary person has been put in harm’s way because what is supposed to be a wild animal is being held in captivity. Wild animals should not be kept in captivity because it can lead to mental illness and abnormal behavior. Capturing wild animals for entertainment is not a new

Being Careful about Putting Animals in Captivity

1022 words - 4 pages ect..) -Have unlimited food supply (the food is their for them when they need it) -Have medical attention at all times. -They love to learn and train (Well, at least a lot of them do) Cons -Do not have the vast space need that they would have in the wild -Become dependent on the human -Can become aggressive towards human because of captivity (it has happened like the tiger in Siegfried and Roy) -Don’t get to be with their own kind -Can

Is the Captivity of Killer Whales for Entertainment Purposes Inhumane?

1264 words - 6 pages to roam for Orcas is both psychologically and physically cruel and unhealthy. Such a large and intelligent specie needs ample space to exercise and must be able to have a social structure similar to those found in their natural habitat. Works Cited Bio Expedition. Killer Whales In Captivity . 2014. Born Free USA. Ten Fast Facts about Animals In Entertainment . 2014. Cronin, Melissa. "sea world cited for violating animal welfare act ." 14

Performing Animals: The Ill Treatment of Performing Orca’s in Captivity

2070 words - 8 pages postulate that both humans and animals have a class of dignity that should be esteemed yet, in the case of animals, they are not. Instead humans constantly violate the dignity by selling these animal’s lives as entertainment for monetary gains: an action that counters the pure essence of what dignity is founded upon. Orcas should not be kept in captivity for performance purposes. Why? Because just as it is morally wrong and illegal to run an

Human reverence in Animals

1038 words - 5 pages down on their own kind while they held animals in high regards. Through the details, it almost seems as if they are trying to capture the qualities, the essence or the spirit of the animal and to try to acquire it for themselves. Jean Clottes even wrote that they detailed the animal’s attitudes (Clottes 4). What the cavemen would also sometimes draw were these human and animal hybrids (Clottes 4). This further proves a certain reverence for

Animals do not belong in the entertainment industry - english - letter

1160 words - 5 pages Speech on Mandatory Yearly Driving Tests for those over 65 Today I will be talking to you about elderly drivers and mandatory yearly driving tests for those over 65. Have you ever been driving to work or anywhere important, a bit on the late side, and get stuck behind an elderly person going about 20 miles below the speed limit? Or an elderly driver that just merges into your lane without looking? Most elderly drivers are not in the proper state

Effects on Animals in Zoos

1550 words - 6 pages Have you ever felt sorry for animals in a cage? Animals are held captive all over the world; approximately over 1,700 species of animals are in a zoo. The effect of an animal being in a zoo can vary; some animals end up dying, while others are left there in a cage with nothing to do. Zoos have been around since about 1250 B.C, most leaders would use animals as entertainment and for fighting. For example, bears and bulls were chained together

Proposal for Entertainment Venues in Waldorf, Maryland

972 words - 4 pages these activities, but the rate at which they occur would drop. Waldorf is neglecting to notice the profit and social growth that would result from issuing a stipend of just $12,000 to jumpstart new entertainment facilities. Obviously the current businesses in place are not enough to put our city on the map, or to interest its youth. I urge our community to step forward, and our city officials to regard this with care. My proposal is best for the

Similar Essays

Issues For Having Animals In Captivity

1338 words - 5 pages keeping animals in cages conservation projects work on protecting animals and keeping land protected. If there were no zoos and only conservation then what happened to the tiger and the young girl would not be repeated with other animals. Keeping animals in captivity can only be acceptable if all of their needs are met, but it is still unnecessary and inhumane to keep animals in zoos (“Wild Animals in Captivity”). Works Cited “Animals for

Animals In Captivity Essay

532 words - 2 pages There is much conjecture over whether captivity is good or bad for wild animals. Many people consider it will bring negative impacts for wild animal to live in captivity. Others believe wild animals should be taken captive for both environmental and physical. I faced this controversial essay topic and fell into much contemplation.It's undeniable that most animal zoos or such organizations really have relevant knowledge, offer suitable

Animals In Captivity Essay

1859 words - 8 pages them,” (SFGate). Besides these two who were just injured, there were two deaths on the scene, a visitor and the Siberian tiger who was shot to death by the police. This shows that we are never truly safe around these animals. The only answer, if we continue to keep these animals in captivity, is ultimately lock them up with no Diaz 2 openings. It would not be surprising if they actually did. As a result of the Siberian tiger case, the San

Animals In Entertainment Essay

1341 words - 5 pages because we take advantage of innocent creatures, for our own enjoyment. We take animals from their natural habitats and force them to live an unnatural life. Circuses abuse their animals, and it’s been seen throughout history how long this has been going on for. Zoos aren’t as educational as we would like to believe. Everything having to deal with animals in entertainment is for our benefits, not theirs. Animals are sold, mistreated, and are