Who's the real animal hero?
I think it is about time someone told Eric why people protest Seaworld and seeing as Blackfish is such a massive issue to him, I will ignore it altogether.
The reason people protest Seaworld is because of Seaworld themselves, some of those reasons are below. Remember Blackfish won't be mentioned at all so it takes it completely out of the equation so people like him cannot use it as a divertion from what people know has gone on in those tanks, Blackfish wasn't thought about until after Tilikum killed Dawn and came from that incident, people however have been protesting Seaworld long long before then.
Firstly all these incidents have happened between trainers and the killer whales, all prior to the incident in 2010. As you can see Seaworld's own animal profiles are linked to them, the incidents where it says bumped etc, are not passed off as nothing, they were deemed serious enough to be recorded by Seaworld themselves on their own Animal Profiles. These incidents were not recorded by activists they were recorded by Seaworld including the one with Tilikum and Dawn.
See them all with their links here
Next, Seaworld has and still does collaborate in the wild caught industry. In 2012 they applied for a permit to import a Japanese dolphin. Last year they took a pilot whale called Argo from the same park. This is not ancient history as Seaworld would have you believe this is current.
In 2001, SeaWorld Orlando supplied Ocean Park in Hong Kong, China with California sea lions and Harbor seals. Ocean Park HK buys dolphins from Taiji and has been linked with the recent Russian captures.
They are also named as recipients in the Georgia Aquarium importation of Belugas, taking more of the Belugas than any of the other parks. This is also current.
On this link you can see the Taiji drive hunt has never been tradition and Seaworld collaborated with these people at that time. Worse still is that they thought the lie that they were 'rescuing' these creatures from slaughter would suffice, when in reality everyone knows that it is the captive industry keeping this drive hunt alive, if it wasn't for the captive industry there would be no hunt. Seaworld were not rescuing them at all they were perpetuating it.
Old newspaper reports also show that Seaworld played down or tried to hide the incidents happening in their parks. Daniel Dukes was passed off as a drunk drug fuelled vagrant who jumped into the wrong tank. This too was far from the truth and Seaworld still maintain they do not know Tilikum's involvement. Daniel Dukes autopsy report shows a completely different story, it shows both pre and post mortem injuries, his scrotum was completely torn off and on reporting about his parents lawsuit against Seaworld the press stated ''The lawsuit contends that puncture wounds on Dukes leg and foot are consistent with him having been pulled into the pool by Tilikum''. Many years later Tilikum once again pulled a someone into the water, so this could actually be the case, but no transparency has been forthcoming from Seaworld.
Next there is the gene pool. In the wild it has been proven from DNA sampling that a transient and a resident orca have never interbred, nor have members of differing groups, i.e. Icelandic and Southern Resident, the only cross breeds like this are in Seaworld tanks. As an institution who supposedly promote conservation, why would they breed animals with no conservation value what so ever as they have no equivalents in the wild. These animals are condemned to a life of captivity as they can never be released into the open ocean for fear of them contaminating the wild gene pool.
As we know Kalia is currently pregnant as Seaworld have a research team there, why would they allow that as Kalia is also a hybrid orca.
Seaworld's orcas -
Katina -wild caught Icelandic
Tilikum -wild caught Icelandic
Kayla -HYBRID - mother Keanu (Icelandic W) Father Orky 2 (A5 Northern Resident)
Trua - Icelandic - mother Takara (Icelandic C) Father Taku (Katina, W Tilikum both Icelandic W)
Nalani - INBRED Icelandic mother Katina (Icelandic ) Father Taku - (Katina, Tilikum both Icelandic)
Malia - 2nd Generation HYBRID C - mother Taima (Gudrun Icelandic/ Kanduke Transient) Father Tilikum
Makaio - Icelandic C - mother Katina(Icelandic W) Father Tilikum (Icelandic W)
Corky 2 - Northern Resident wild all 7 calves deceased
Kasatka - Icelandic wild
Ulises - Icelandic wild caught 1 calf by AI to Wikie in France
Orkid - HYBRID - mother Kandu V (Icelandic wild) Father Orky 2 (A5 Northern Resident wild)
Keet - 2nd Ge HYBRID - mother Kalina C (Hybrid KatinaW/WinstonW) Father Kotar (Icelandic)
Shouka - Icelandic Captive - mother Sharkan (Icelandic wild) Father Kim 2 (Icelandic wild)
Nakai - Icelandic - mother Kasatka (Icelandic W) father Tilikum (Icelandic W)
Ikaika - Icelandic C - mother Katina (Icelandic W) Father Tilikum (Icelandic W)
Takara - Icelandic CAPTIVE - mother Kasatka (Icelandic W) father Kotar (Icelandic W)
Kalia - HYBRID - mother Katina (Icelandic W) Father Winston (Southern Resident W)
Makani - HYBRID - mother Kasatka (Icelandic W) Father Kshamenk (Unknown pod W)
Kyuquot - Icelandic C - mother Haida 2 (Icelandic W) Father Tilikum (Icelandic W)
Unna - Icelandic C - mother Katina (Icelandic W) Father Tilikum (Icelandic W)
Tuar - 2nd generation HYBRID C - mother Kalina C(Hybrid Katina/Winston father Tilikum W
Sakari - Icelandic - mother Takara,(Icelandic C) Father Tilikum (Icelandic W)
Kamea - HYBRID - mother Takara (Icelandic C) Father Kshamenk (unknown pod W)
Skyla - 2nd generation HYBRID C - mother Kalina C(Katina I/Winston SR) father Tilikum W
Kohana - Icelandic C - mother Takara C (Icelandic) Father Tilikum (Icelandic)
Tekoa - 2nd generation HYBRID C - mother Taima C(mother Gudrun Icelandic, father Kanduke Transient) Father Tilikum
Keto - 2nd generation HYBRID C - mother Kalina C(Katina I /Winston SR) father Kotar (Icelandic W)
Adan - 3rd generation INBRED HYBRID C - mother Kohana (Icelandic C) Father Keto, Hybrid C
Morgan - wild caught
Disease - Seaworld state their facilities are free from Pathogens, Bacteria, Diseases found in the wild. This is also NOT TRUE. The necropsy reports for their deceased orcas show a totally different picture. Fungus infections, abcess's, stress ulcers, Viral Leptomenigitis, Candidiasis, numerous deaths from pneumonia, Zygomycosis. The links to the necropsy reports can be see here
Recent reports state
Most cases of marine mammal pneumonia have significant bacterial involvement, and most organisms cultured from terrestrial species have been identified in marine mammals. Pneumonia often can be considered the result of mismanagement. Here
So as you can see it is NOT TRUE that those tanks are a better environment for those orcas at all.
When Dawn died Seaworld were adamant and pretended to be upset that they were being accused of blaming Dawn for her own death. When copies of court transcripts were made public, this is what was said.
Jeff Andrews BLAMED Dawn for her own death!!
In 2006 Seaworld sent 4 'excess' orcas to Loro Parque. What made Skyla, Keto, Tekoa and Kohana, 'excess'? Whilst trying to do some recent damage control Seaworld had Wendy Rameriz release a video stating, 'why would we do that' when discussing the separation of Takara, Kasatka and Kohana. Well why would you do that as the physical evidence is there for all to see Takara lives in the USA and Kohana was sent to Spain???
Seaworld gave excuses for Tilikum, but what excuse is there for Keto killing Alix Martinez, he is a Seaworld orca born and bred, Alex had been for training at Seaworld San Diego, he was under the supervision of Brian Rokeach, competent Seaworld trainer and Julie Scardina said Seaworld supervised every second of the day at Loro Parque so what reason does Seaworld have for his death? It wasn't until the death of Dawn that people started really looking into it, it was swept under the carpet and had Seaworld taken the trainers out of the water as they did after Dawn's death, then Dawn would still be here, so what is the excuse? The events of that day and leading up to his death can be read here
Babies having babies and separation
No matter how hard Seaworld protest, the physical evidence of mothers being separated from their offspring is there for all to see.
Seaworld and people like Eric has kept the focus on Blackfish, not the activists, that movie was just the catalyst for those who didn't know before. Seaworld know what the issues are as they have changed their visuals away from the orcas who used to dominate their websites, to rescues. This again is another diversion tactic as although rescues are to be commended no one has ever protested them and they have nothing what so ever to do with the plight of those captives.
On his Stand with Seaworld facebook page he organised the Protest the protestors event
|Ellen being abused by one of his protestors|
|ellen with police whilst watching the protestors continue their abuse|
|Even the police couldn't hide his amusement at this idiot.|
|Eric Davis at the protest the protestors event.|
Want to get to know who's behind the protest at SeaWorld San Diego each week? Want to know who will say anything to convince you of her crusade?
Meet Ellen from San Diego. If you live in the area, you may recognize her from TV. She has perfected screaming in righteous indignation. She has the all important bull horn - a staple in the activist tool bag. She's the leader of the protests in front of SeaWorld San Diego.
She'll do anything to force her world view on you.
Why would someone engage in that kind of activity? The better question is, why would you follow this person?
While sympathizing with Ellen in the wake of viewing the movie Blackfish may seem easy, the truth behind her activism may prompt more regular people to reconsider her version of the truth.
You see, like most of the activists feeding misinformation to the public about SeaWorld, it's not really just about one righteous cause.
It's about forcefully seeking to change the way everyone lives because she knows better.
Ellen spends her weekdays hassling train riders who eat foods she doesn't approve of. She plasters stickers and radical vegan pamphlets all over stores like Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Her zealous passion is at best frightening because she demands all others adopt the lifestyle she adopted in 2011.
Does that sound like someone who would let truth or objectivity stand in the way forcing you to change your behavior? For radicals, the ends always justify the means.
So aside from SeaWorld, we want to share with you the most likely places you would encounter Ellen and her radical gang:
Joan Rivers died? Eh, good riddance
You will find her outside McDonald's
You will find her outside KFC
You will find her outside the San Diego Zoo
You will find her inside In-N-Out Burger
You will find her outside Wal-Mart
You will find her on the train
You will find her at a Trader Joes
You will find her outside a Farm
You will find her outside a Movie Theater
You will find her outside a Circus
You will find her outside a Department Store
You will find her outside the Horse Tracks
Ellen and her radical group are not content with people making their own choices, they will only be satisfied when everyone complies with their lifestyle, their world view, even if that means passing laws.
There is no middle ground with Ellen, there is no compromise. Ellen isn't alone, and she isn't unique, she represents the radical fringe of the animal rights movement.
Is there anything she won't protest?
Welcome to the world of the people who brought you the movie Blackfish. The people who say anything to get you to conform to their world view.
It is time that we stop listening to radicals and start listening to reason. While she is out screaming and handing out thousands of pounds of literature, places like SeaWorld are donating millions to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales and other marine animals and personally rescuing tens of thousands more.
So who's telling the truth?
Who's the real animal hero?