I have this fear that people will immediately typecast me as a far-left winger, a picketer, a naive activist, simply as a first impression because of my views on marine mammal and ocean protection. It is not black and white. Just because I don’t like Seaworld and Marineland doesn’t mean I’m naive to the reality of entertainment business. It also doesn’t mean that I’m completely against all corporations or facilities that hold marine mammals out of their natural habitat. I do not believe that orca whales should be held in a facility which cannot provide at least a healthy percentage of the amount of space that these animals are supposed to have, mostly for entertainment purposes. I do believe that sharks, rays, jellyfish, small fish, etc. should be displayed in aquariums which can adequately provide them at least a healthy amount of space to roam, and should be done so for mostly educational purposes instead of pure entertainment. I believe aquariums are a good learning opportunity for children and adults who do not understand these animals. I think that captivity of marine mammals can be upsetting, and is unnatural, but I am not naive and I do not expect all aquariums, marine entertainment parks, or fish tanks to just shut down. I am not naive enough to picket for the shut down of every place that houses marine mammals outside of the ocean. I believe in picketing or fighting for what CAN be done, and that is the improvement of the maintenance of these facilities, better programs to decrease depression in these animals, better treatment of the animals, more advocacy for ocean and marine life protection, and a discontinuation plan to stop reproducing whales within these facilities in order to eventually stop housing them there without releasing facility-bred whales into the wild (this would be incredibly difficult, dangerous, and a shock to the animals who did not grow up learning the basic skills a whale needs to survive on its own in the ocean). I also think places like Marineland need more constant check-ups to ensure the safe and fair maintenance of the animals, and I think they should be made to employ a certain number of people who are forced to report any and all incidents, irregularities, or health issues which arise.
Now. I’m not one of those people who watched a 5 minute youtube video about Marineland’s mistreatment of mammals and decided she hates them and all similar corporations. I have researched, and am continuing to research about all of the points I wrote about here. My opinions on certain things may change as more information comes my way. But as of now, these are the things I believe, and don’t believe. I am incredibly passionate about the ocean and marine life, and the protection of both. I hope for change, and I want to find a way to work for change (without being unrealistic and slightly counter-productive by picketing for the complete shutdown of all marine-entertainment/educational facilities).
These are my opinions, this is where I stand. Things are not black and white. Just as I am not strictly liberal or strictly conservative politically, there is a way to merge the black and the white and find something in between that is more rational and just makes sense.