Ocra's in Captivity
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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.
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!!!
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Vote Placed by salam.morcos 1 year ago
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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.
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