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Discussion in 'SeaWorld/Discovery Cove/Aquatica' started by Tink, Apr 21, 2013.

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    From Digital Journal:

    "SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. went public with 20 million shares of stock on this week and in doing so, received a surprise from one of its biggest opponents. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) stepped up and bought enough shares to give them "the right to attend and speak at annual meetings and to submit shareholder resolutions asking for policy changes." Stock sold for $30.56 at opening.

    Michelle Kretzer of PETA says their "first order of business as part owners of SeaWorld" will be "getting the orcas out - including Corky, who has been enslaved by SeaWorld for 44 years." They also plan to "educate stockholders about how marine parks tear orcas and dolphins away from their homes and families and imprison them in minuscule concrete tanks, where they suffer from captivity-induced stress and illness."
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    Nicely played PETA. This will definitely get interesting.
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    Oh my, SeaWorld are going to have their hands tied. Well done PETA :yes;
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    Probably not a good thing for Seaworld.
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    Well, would you look at that...
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    On the other hand, PETA stands to profit from their purchase of stock. Kind of compromises things a bit, no? I get that they are putting out there that this will give them a more powerful voice, but it will also give them an income from the company they profess to disrespect (not value the mission, if you prefer).

    It will be interesting to see it unfold...
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    Doesn't sound good but it does annoy me. Would they really be able set free an animal that knows no difference since it's been in captivity for so long, it would probably die. I agree that nothing should be taken from the wild but come they are hardly suffering.

    Sorry just my opinion.
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    You raise a very valid point, Lisa. Release an "animal" into the wild after having been in captivity so long as to extinguish the natural behaviors needed to survive is cruel.

    I'm absolutely NOT a supporter of wild animals caught for captivity. However, there are some values to having animals under the control of zoologists, and other animal specialists. We have learned much from studies of species in this manner. Disney's Animal Kingdom is a good example. Studies there broke the code of the language used by elephants and we now understand much more about that species. If we use our knowledge for "good" and furthering the quality of life of the species, then it's been a valid study of the animal.

    On the other hand, BG (part of the corporation that owns Sea World) is as close to reprehensible as it should get. :( Won't get on that particular soapbox. :sorry:
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    There are many animals that cannot survive in the wild as we have destroyed their habitats.

    The giant panda would be extinct if it weren't for human intervention.
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    I pretty much agree on all counts. You can't just release an animal that has lived in captivity for a long period of time, it will be bait. I also agree that some animals wouldn't be able to mate/have babies if it were not for human intervention. Our last trip to Epcot we went to see the Manatees and they had 3 at the time that had been hurt and they were treating them so they could be released back into the wild. It was a wonderful thing to see (although sad, of course, that the animals were hurt to begin with). I have no idea about Sea world since we have never been there, but it always looks to me like the animals in AK are happy and very well cared for.

    I think that PETA might be giving themselves more hassle than they are bargaining for with this one. :unsure:
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    Me too, Shelly.

    Speaking of manatees there is new evidence to suggest that they cannot hear the motors! :eek: There is some support for adding a small device that makes a sound they can hear. It warns them away from the boats.

    Disney does do much (and Sea World does too...) to rescue and save animals and release them back into the wild. That's not the same as taking them into captivity from the wild, eh? Or trying to release an animal born in captivity into the wild...

    At any rate. This is our world and we need to do the best with it that we can.
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    I thought alot of the dolphins/whales at SW were born there? Theyd have no chance being back out in the wild
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    That is interesting! I love the manatees and an always so saddened when I see the scars and missing tail
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    Manatees are my favorite animal, I have always felt a bond or something with them, so it is always especially special for me to see them at Epcot, being rehabilitated and taken care of.

    I, personally, hope PETA doesn't get their hooks in deep enough to destroy Sea World.
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    Faythstar, you would love visiting Blue Springs when it is cold. The manatees congregate there as the water is warm. It has to be truly cold though.

    We saw manatees at Ft. Myers Beach! They were being trailed by a sheriff's boat so no one could bother them. There were six of them, and a couple were little ones. Too neat!
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    I've never seen manatees in the wild before, but I pray that I will get to someday.

    When my husband and I were at Epcot for our honeymoon, I didn't realize they had manatees at the aquarium. He likes to tell the story about me discovering them. I RAN toward them, which is a big deal since he's maybe only seen me run 2 or 3 times in the entire 4 or so years he's known me LOL, and I may or may not have squealed. Then I plastered myself on the glass while blocking several youngsters. He said I looked up at those manatees with the biggest doe-eyes and was completely absorbed and when he reminded me that we had dinner reservations at Coral Reef, I almost cried. I did NOT want to leave those manatees.

    What can I say? I legitimately adore them.

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