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Ocra's in Captivity

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Started: 4/15/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I believe that Orca's should not be in captivity because they are wild animals. Like every animal that is wild. We do not keep them as pets. Orca's get very deadly when held captive. They get frustrated and act out on it by killing or hurting people. If you see them in the wild or free they are friendly and not aggressive, unless hunting or protecting. Otherwise the magnificent creatures are harmless and dossal.


The captivity of Orcas is an important part of the conservation of our natural wild life. While keeping Orcas confined in an unnatural habitat may seem cruel and endangering to the species, the benefits these exhibits bring to the people lucky enough to attend them should not be underestimated. In modern society we keep many "wild" (most Orcas in captivity where in fact born in captivity and not in the wild) animals in captivity besides just the Orca, therefore if the argument that they are wild animals is to be used, it is warranted to say no wild animal should be kept in captivity. Through these programs though, the education and knowledge gained by them far outweigh the cons if they were not to exist.

More than 700 million people visit zoos and aquariums annually(1). The exposure to wild life that this brings could not be matched fiscally or logistically in any other way. The price to visit Sea World any day as an adult is currently $85.00(2). The capacity at the park far outweighs any number of wildlife tours on the actual ocean would make, again pointing to a real logistics issue. Also, one does not get to see the other wild life that a zoo or an aquarium would offer, limiting the knowledge obtainable by one of those trips.

Now that it is evident that captivity is one of the few ways to actually present the animals to a mass audience, it is important to state the actual gains from this exposure. Many young children now have the ability to take a day-trip to the zoo, either with a school or with their parents or any other means. While there, they are able to see these magnificent animals, all from varying parts of the world, which would otherwise be separated by vast distances. They get the opportunity to hear a curator explain more about the animal. Where the originally come from, how they might be endangered by over hunting like what we have seen with many whale populations, and how such simple actions such as leaving waste on a beach can have such a great environmental impact. The simple act of seeing and learning about these animals opens ones mind to the reality that they are living creatures too. This allows visitors to understand how important on an ecological level it is to not greatly disturb these delicate ecosystems, and that these animals are not in an endless supply, and we as humans must curve our actions to stop from sending more animals to extinction like the Dodo. These animals in captive have taken on a greater mission. A mission of enabling our society to see that their is more to progress than machinery, buildings and cities. Progress needs to also be aware of the ever growing ecological impact we make as humans.

The benefits these captive animals give our researchers, zoologists, and biologists is also an important factor in the benefits of keeping an animal such as the Orca captive. The prolonged exposure, the availability, the funding, and the collaboration offered by these institutions is one of the greatest features of this. We can see communication techniques, social tendencies, and other things which are much more difficult to obtain in the wild. This information isn't useless either. Knowing how these animals act can help save their peers in the wild, by letting us know how they might act in certain scenarios.

The point of Orcas being aggressive deadly animals while having some validity, does not give reason to abandon the programs entirely. Since their captivity in 1961 has started only 4 humans have died from their aggressive actions. That is less than .08 attacks a year. We also continue to improve safety measures for both the people in the tanks with the Orcas and the Orcas themselves, which should only help decline the number of incidents.

To clarify, the fact that Orcas are wild animals shouldn't stop us from having some in captivity when it helps the species, and the world as a whole. The educational benefits, conservation efforts, and research opportunities far outweigh the negative aspects of their captivity. Also, while there are incidents where Orcas were aggressive and killed their handlers, these are very rare, and continuing increased measures help ensure that they will not happen again.

Debate Round No. 1


To warn you guys I will may put some dolphin and whales rules.

Most whales/dolphins swim ten times more a day in the wild then they do in captivity. They swim in pools which causes them to be less active when it comes to swimming. Most whales have been taken from pods when young. They are helpless when they are in pools, they can't do much. They are like human kids and parents. The parents told the kids to do something or not do something and the whales are told what to do or not to do. They get frustrated because they only been commanded by family pods. This frustration, like I have said once before may be acted out on and you don't know what that animal is going to act on!

My next round will be on there natural ability!!!



As previously stated, most Orcas in captivity were bred in captivity and not taken from pods in the wild. While it is understood that they do not get the amount of activity in captivity as they would in the wild, again the benefits stated before in my previous argument outweigh this downside. And these animals are usually peaceful even in captivity and only under rare circumstances do they attack and kill their handlers. These Orcas are also trained and enjoy to perform just as one might train a pet animal.
Debate Round No. 2


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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct: ties (both ff) Spelling/grammar and sources: tied Arguments: Con argues that Orca's suffer while in captivity, and bring an example of how they swim 10 times less than in the wild. This is a strong point for Pro. Con counters with many examples and reasons that benefit Orca's in general (i.e. the better good). Pro also mentions the logistics issue. Con didn't counter these arguments. Con could have stated that "there is no justification to oppression" or "logistic limitations are not the Orca's problems...etc", but Con didn't rebut so Pro win the argument.