Over the weekend, I watched the documentary Black Fish, a film about Orca whales living in captivity in places such as Sea World. II had been wanting to watch it for awhile now, as Hubby’s sister works for Green Peace and has participated in demonstrations against the theme park.
I loved the film, even teared up several times throughout. I love animals, always have, and I tend to get very sensitive whenever the topic of animal cruelty comes up. I am not a vegetarian, though, it is something I have considered seriously many times over the years because I really hate the idea of how animals are treated on the majority of farms that supply the beef, pork and poultry we eat on a daily basis.
Before this movie though, I hadn’t thought too much about places such as Sea World and other places that “employ” animals as performers. Sure, those animals can also give scientist some valuable research…but at what cost? Being forced away from their natural habitats? Being forced away from their family members, especially their children?
After watching this, I can say for a fact that I will never visit Sea World, or attend any other shows that use animals for performing purposes. Further, I am reconsidering my diet. I’m not sure if vegetarianism is a feasible option, but I can make more of an effort to eat free range whenever possible. It will be more pricey, for sure, but I do think I’d feel better.