Huh. When they say “10 million gallons”, they say it’s “doubling the size of the current tank”, while it’s in fact a tank that’s as big as all the current tanks combined (and that will in total be 10 million) - which is quite different. This way it sounds like they’re just making one tank twice the size of one of the old ones.

Aaand they are giving Blackfish too much credit again. I just can’t believe SeaWorld thought this up now to “counter the controversy”.

dragongirl007 asked:

I am hating all of the posts in the SW tag saying "Seaworld is closing!" and "Seaworld is ending!" - especially when its constant reblogs of that biased, shitty Dodo article. The Dodo is biased as fuck and clearly pushes extreme anticap agendas. SeaWorld is far from closing its doors. They make millions per year even if they take a bit of a decline. Its driving me nuts seeing people spread that crap around. Do they not realize how SW is expanding ALL of its cetacean exhibits!?

Yes, woah is what I’m thinking.

The Dodo actually had this article up early this year: https://www.thedodo.com/community/Joeshamufan/the-lies-behind-blackfish-511771181.html
But it was then taken down, we can’t have contrary opinions (or facts!), now can we…

Also the media seems to love to make it seem as if SeaWorld is now planning this tank-expansion as a last ditch-attempt to save their asses, because of Blackfish (happened last year) and the stock drop (this last week!!), while in reality this must have taken years of planning. They probably did it on purpose to be announced at their 50th anniversary.

"SeaWorld is finished!" seems to be more like daydreaming from some of the haters. When I see pictures posted by people visiting the parks, there is no Blackfish-effect whatsoever.
Kyle Kittleson also posted that interesting story when he wore an “Ask me about Blackfish”-shirt, 20 people did, and only one(!) knew about Blackfish. (And, that one guy was thrilled when he heard Kyle used to be a killer whale trainer and not one of the “Blackfish people”.)

The vast majority of people don’t even know Blackfish exists. They are really making it a much bigger thing than it is (and every single news report has to talk about it for like half the video).

Me and Hyena-dog (also known as Stripeywolf and Camodog) on Walk For The Strays 2014, where we were one of many cities walking for the Romanian strays (like her, and the little red dog to the left).

There were nineteen dogs and a little more people.

It was on sunday and the buses don’t go often so me and Hyena had to walk home for about an hour in pouring rain… after already walking for 1½ with the other dogs. ._.

We got our exercise. And my boots are still drenched.

veganprimatologist

Opinion post! Put on your thinking cap, ‘cause we’re gonna play a game.

veganprimatologist:

I’ve been seeing a lot of “animal rights” activists passing around photos of zoo animals and taking them completely out of context in order to support their propaganda that all zoo animals are abused by their keepers. 

We’re going to play a little thinking game.

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Well actually, those parrot cages are really small.

This was what my macaw lived in (and the first picture is after I just got him, so the cage was really boring but got furnished better later on)

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It was really on the verge of what I would keep such a large bird in (and actually illegally small in my country ._.), but I guess if they only stay in those small cages for a while, like overnight, and are then let out in aviaries during the day it’s absolutely fine.

Otherwise your post is spot-on. :)

Something similar worth looking at is this: http://melissaasmith.hubpages.com/hub/sad-zoo-animals

cetacean-captivity

hellokandu:

caong:

For the love of all that is holy, you guys!

Can you not compare AI of animals to rape?

Like what the actual hell is wrong with you?????

I don’t agree with AI in the case of cetaceans at all, but comparing it with what rape victims go through is a shitty thing to do.

DON’T DO IT.

I agree with this 100%.
Rape is being attacked.
Rape is traumatic.
Rape will leave you mentally scarred.
It is not something to be tossed around lightly by insensitive fucking extremists.

When Kalia’s pregnancy was announced, I swear to you there were people shouting “SeaWorld are child rapists of orcas!”

I mean really.

That’s a prime example of how some of the antis really do everything they can to compare SeaWorld with the worst scum of society.

Anonymous asked:

Um, just because they made the containment facilities that they keep the orcas in prettier, doesn't make it any more humane. SeaWorld needs to be abolished and anything less than that is unacceptable.

They will be more than twice the size, with an enormous depth, plus actual water currents to give the whales more exercise, and make their lives more natural.

What exactly is so different with keeping orcas in a facility like that, from keeping parrots (not domesticated) in small cages? Or lions in zoo enclosures?

Why is it that I never get an answer to what’s so very special about cetaceans, why they seem to have an innate need for “freedom” that literally no other animal on Earth seems to possess?

They want to be happy and healthy, get companionship, stimulation and exercise. If they have that, they’re happy. They have no concept of abstract things like “freedom”, only humans do.

celesgami
celesgami:

idpmirtf:

rearadmiral-comsmocock:

can we just take a moment to realize that not only did it paint an elephant it painted it to give the illusion of depth

I love elephants more than anything

#1: read this
#2: stop reblogging this 
please

I don’t believe for a second that every single elephant that ever held a paint brush is being abused.
Plus, you can’t force an animal to display intelligence they don’t have by being abusive (or in any other way for that matter). Unless it’s been specifically taught over a very long time to draw those exact lines to form the shape of an elephant, which I doubt, it really is that intelligent.
Whether or not there’s any abuse in training elephants to paint, them making actual pictures (unlike some chimp-made paintings I’ve seen, which are just blobs of colors like what a small child or modern artist… heh… would make) proves their intelligence and ability to think in abstract terms.
(Unless, like I said, they have been specifically trained over long periods to move the brush in a particular way, while having no idea what they’re doing. Which I doubt. Elephants are one of few animals that even seems to understand death. And that’s huge.)

celesgami:

idpmirtf:

rearadmiral-comsmocock:

can we just take a moment to realize that not only did it paint an elephant it painted it to give the illusion of depth

I love elephants more than anything

#1: read this

#2: stop reblogging this 

please

I don’t believe for a second that every single elephant that ever held a paint brush is being abused.

Plus, you can’t force an animal to display intelligence they don’t have by being abusive (or in any other way for that matter). Unless it’s been specifically taught over a very long time to draw those exact lines to form the shape of an elephant, which I doubt, it really is that intelligent.

Whether or not there’s any abuse in training elephants to paint, them making actual pictures (unlike some chimp-made paintings I’ve seen, which are just blobs of colors like what a small child or modern artist… heh… would make) proves their intelligence and ability to think in abstract terms.

(Unless, like I said, they have been specifically trained over long periods to move the brush in a particular way, while having no idea what they’re doing. Which I doubt. Elephants are one of few animals that even seems to understand death. And that’s huge.)

cetacean-captivity
cetacean-captivity:

Guys look! You know how people are always complaining about SW photoshopping semi-collapsed dorsals straight? Here’s the anti version! Apparently Kayla didn’t look miserable enough for whoever made this graphic, so they decided a new, floppier dorsal would paint a better picture of an animal in distress. 

That picture is like looking at a human mansion and saying it’s exactly like this:

cetacean-captivity:

Guys look! You know how people are always complaining about SW photoshopping semi-collapsed dorsals straight? Here’s the anti version! Apparently Kayla didn’t look miserable enough for whoever made this graphic, so they decided a new, floppier dorsal would paint a better picture of an animal in distress. 

That picture is like looking at a human mansion and saying it’s exactly like this: