29 March, 2010
Preliminary thesis: The captivity of killer whales is inhumane and should be banned in the United States.
The Humane Society. “Do Marine Mammals Belong In Captivity In The 21st Century?” The Humane Society of the United States. September 25, 2009. Web. 23 Mar. 2010.
Recent controversy has occurred over the keeping of orca whales in captivity for the publics entertainment, after the death of a Sea World trainer. Orcas are highly intelligent, predatory mammals with complex social structures and massive natural territories and migration routes.
To supply the “ dolphinariums,” a facility that keeps dolphins and orcas for entertainment, the animals are hunted down in the wild where tight nit family pods are separated and many animals killed in the process. The captivity of killer whales is inhumane and should be banned in the United States.