Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
Yes, mine has. As much as they say that capturing these animals and placing them behind glass will save the species and research is being done, at what cost to the animals?
As in the case of Tillikum, he can never be returned to him home and he has obviously been driven to the point of aggressive behavior by his hears in captivity. This is an animal that is used to migrating thousands of miles a year over its entire life time and has been scooped up into a tiny chlorinated pool to perform for people, and now that he has been driven to being a dangerous animal and killing 3 people, he no option but to be killed? What a sad life, what a terrible end to a terrible life.
What is more, even if the whales are bred in captivity, they can never be placed back in the wild, not like the eagles that were mentioned in the other thread, being born in captivity places them with an automatic handicap, so where as yes the overall numbers increase(and BTW, WHERE DO THEY ALL GO???) they have to live their lives behind glass, and will never get to experience life in the ocean where they belong.
It is just like circus elephants, huge highly intelligent creatures used to a life of roaming and foraging, highly instinct driven and forced to live their lives in shackles and be poked with bull hooks, what a life. These animals get little to no actual turn out, they are chained by their feet to long chains in rows in large barn type structures and only allowed tiny spaces to move around in, they are beaten into submission and forced to perform a few minutes every night, then placed back in chains. They develop stereotypies just like over stalled horses, head bobbing and weaving, shifting and rocking off their feet. And then out of the blue they snap and kill 15 people and are shot or euthanize, and why? Because they are wild animals acting as wild animals do, but they are expected to act domesticated all for human pride , entertainment and profit(just like the Orcas).
Sure we people see these animals in the air condition and cozy little enclosures at zoos and parks and we think "gee what a life, I with I could lay around all day and do nothing" but what we do not realize is that these are living breathing hormone and instinct driven wild animals. I guarantee you you give a lion a choice between sitting in a lion pit at the Saint Louis zoo its entire life or fighting for its life on the Savannah, he will choose the latter. Wild animals do not think the way that we do, they think like animals. They enjoy their freedom and hunting and killing and breeding and fighting, it is what they are made to do. They are not made to sit behind glass every day.
Trainers and keepers work every day to try to keep these animals stimulated, but if you notice, it never seems to last too long. The animals grow bored and restless and resort to aggressive or animal behavior to entertain and satisfy their hunting and foraging needs.
At the STL zoo it is a fact that you have a better chance of being struck by lightening than seeing one of the lions actually move more than a few feet around its exhibit, why? They are kept in a pit with high concrete walls, they can not see the horizon, all they see is cold concrete and a circle of sky, the wild spirit has been forced out of them by endless days of monotony and boredom.
What humans see as cushy easy life, wild animals see as a prison with no hope of ever going home to hunt on the Savannah or dive deep into the oceans ever again.
Ω Horses are a projection of peoples dreams Ω