Go See Blackfish
"Blackfish" premiered today in San Diego’s Landmark Theaters & I rushed to the theater as soon as I got off of work to see it. Much to my surprise, & delight, the theater was packed with viewers young, old, & in between. Not a seat unfilled. I am so glad that this important film has attracted such a large audience, especially here in San Diego, where Sea World is one of our city’s main attractions.
After watching this film, through sadness, anger & many tears, I am left with only one thought. I will never support Sea World. If I have children, I will not take them there. As an educator, I will not support or participate in Sea World field trips. Yes, on the one hand, it is pretty incredible that Sea World allows us to get up lose & personal with an animal that we may never get to see with our our own eyes. Yes, children marvel with delight over the jumps, waves, & splashes, but I would not want my children to grow up believing that it is natural to see 5000-10,000 pound whales living in small pools & trained to entertain us, or that it is ok to pluck an animal out of its natural environment, taken from its familial pod, & meant to live a its life in a theme park, oscillating between performance, integration with into an artificial pod &, oftentimes, isolation. These beautiful, majestic, highly intelligent & evolved, social & family oriented beings are meant for the ocean. Not for captivity, a pool, or a theme park. Sea World is in the business of making money, not research, preservation, or education & this film makes it very clear. Shame on them.
There is so much more I could say, so many more details I could give, but I’ll refrain because I want you to see for yourselves. Please see this film. Take your kids to see it. Encourage others to see it. It’s riveting. It’s powerful. It will break your heart.
Oftentimes in the face of activism, we can be left with the feeling that the issue is bigger than us, or that we are so far removed from it that we wonder how we could possibly make a difference. But we can, & it’s so simple…do not go to Sea World. Spread the message.
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