Do you dare to let your imagination take you there?
We love marine animals, we love to be able to watch them up close and personal. But when we watch them in captivity do we stop to consider their isolation, the trauma of being in a foreign environment, the health concerns of having limited space to not only move freely, but to engage in the social patterns and rituals we are only now beginning to understand they have?
In this award-winning short from The Orca Awareness Project, you’re challenged to imagine exactly that.
Some of you may have read my interview with OutdoorPlay co-owners, Tree and Stevie Trujillo, for The Good Men Project article, “What Kind of Company Tells SeaWorld, ‘Thanks for the Order, but We Don’t Want Your Money’?” On a whim, I asked Tree and Stevie what they would do if they were put at the helm of SeaWorld. That was a fascinating discussion that came down to this — the captivity model isn’t sustainable. It compromises not only the health of the animals they capture to put on display, but the health and lives of the trainers and keepers. It compromises our planet, and our ability to relate with honesty and integrity to the natural world.
I’m curious, what would you do if you were at the helm of SeaWorld?
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by OutdoorPlay co-owner, Stevie Trujillo
Photo: Vimeo/The Orca Awareness Project