We do not need to reflect too long before we realize that all beings spontaneously look for happiness and try to avoid suffering. — ~ Dalai Lama
“Where there is a mind, there are feelings such as pain, pleasure, and joy. No sentient being wants pain: all wants happiness instead.” – Dalai Lama
#Blackfish and the #CyberWhaleWarrior Cry
Blackfish (Photo credit: howardignatius)
After being offline for a couple of months, I am quite…
Sea World has said nothing in opposition to the dolphin killing or whaling while maintaining the myth that they “love” whales and dolphins. — Captain Paul Watson
Tilikum is not an evil animal – he is a highly intelligent, emotionally complex mammal and we’ve made him psychotic. — Sam Berg, Ex-Sea World Trainer (via flowersofcellophane)
One more point that shows just how much #SeaWorldCares! Watch #BlackFish http://blackfishmovie.com
I was just tweeting about this, but to reiterate, if ya’ll haven’t seen the documentary “Blackfish” on SeaWorld and their orcas in captivity.. you NEED to. I know the premise sounds SUPER dorky but it’s NOT and is amazing and also heart-wrenching. You’ll never go to SeaWorld again and it’s just such an important film for us all to watch!
> remembering: HUGO
hugo was stolen from the southern resident community in 1967. he was purchased by the miami seaquarium, and was placed in a pool they named the celebrity pool, which today houses manatees. ric o’barry, former trainer of hugo and now anti captivity activist recalls that when hugo positioned his body vertically to get his food, he would have to tuck his tail flukes under as the tank was shallower than he was long.
a new tank was finished in 1970, however a newly caught female whale named lolita was placed in the tank while hugo remained in his tiny pool, as it was feared that they would fight, or that hugo would try to mate with the young lolita. as it turned out, hugo and lolita were members of the same family, and would constantly call out in the same dialect to each other. eventually, hugo was moved into the new pool with lolita.
hugo was known to be an unpredictable, aggressive whale, and would often refuse to perform. hugo was involved in many reported incidents with humans, most notably closing his mouth around the head of a trainer, and dragging several trainers around the pool.
as hugo aged, he became increasingly more frustrated. his dorsal fin began to flop, and he began engaging in behaviours such as ramming the sides of the tank. it was this behaviour that eventually killed him in 1980, where the repeated ramming of the tank with his head caused a brain aneurysm. he died at approximately 15 years old, after 12 years in captivity, leaving tankmate lolita alone, where she remains today. his body was sent to the miami dade dump.
Being rescued, only to be incarcerated for life, is what’s know as a #SeaWorldRescue. Watch #Blackfish to learn more. BlackFishMovie.com