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by Amanda Just
Categories: Animals, Causes, Entertainment.

No doubt motivated by the heat they’re feeling from the documentary “Blackfish,” SeaWorld has announced that they’ll be installing exercise machines for their captive orcas. But does that really make up for the misery these animals feel living in captivity?

Since the dawn of SeaWorld (their first park opened in 1964), their captive animals have been languishing motionless in bathtubs of chemical-filled water. Now decades later, SeaWorld will be installing machines that will create “endless waves” for the orcas to swim against, recreating what they would experience in their natural habitat and giving them more exercise. This tiny little improvement at SeaWorld has been a long time coming and, frankly, it’s the least they could do. Obviously sea animals should be swimming in the fresh ocean waters, living with their families, and not performing silly tricks for loud crowds. Knowing this, knowing what’s right for these magnificent animals, it’s hard to applaud this “upgrade” at SeaWorld. A tank is still a tank.

To learn more about marine animals in captivity, read about marine animal exhibits on PETA’s website, and check out the eye-opening documentary, Blackfish.

Photo credit: Mike Price / Shutterstock.com

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About Amanda Just

Amanda Just is a longtime vegan who loves to promote compassionate living in fun, creative ways. As a writer, she has contributed to This Dish Is Veg, ForksOverKnives.com, and many other blogs, websites, and newsletters. As an activist, she champions many causes, from veganism and animal rights to environmental protection and human rights. Amanda resides in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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