Although SeaWorld Gold Coast, do not have captivated whales and are not associated with SeaWorld San Diego, Orlando or San Antonio, we feel strongly that no wild animal should be held in captivity for mere entertainment.
Following the unfortunately death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, in 2010 who was killed by the infamous Killer Whale, Tilikum; the documentary Blackfish was released. A very controversial film, which shows how the beautiful and wild Killer Whales are/were captured and treated; the film exploits SeaWorld’s safety practices and goes behind the scenes of SeaWorld’s Killer Whale Shamu shows.
In SeaWorld’s defence, the letter “Dear Film Critic” was published informing its audience that the film was “shamefully dishonest, deliberately misleading, and scientifically inaccurate”.
Bridgette Pirtle, a former trainer at SeaWorld San Antonio, consulted on the film and although worked for SeaWorld for many years, strongly believes that animals for entertainment should end.
In an interview with National Geographic, she mentioned how disappointing it is when the company spends millions of dollars renovating a children’s play area or revamping the sound system instead of improving the conditions in which the animals lived in
She mentioned that there is not enough pool space and in regards to the Animal Welfare Act, the park meets the standards however the act is out-dated. In the act, Killer Whales are not acknowledged as being dangerous and in the act, 3.7 meters is the minimum depth requirement for the pools; although Tilikum is 6.7 metres long.
At Whales In Paradise we feel strongly that animals should not be kept in captivity. If you are yet to watch the documentary, you can see the trailer at www.blackfishmovie.com