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Bob Barker Says, ‘Shut SeaWorld’

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Bob Barker Says, 'Shut SeaWorld' by Guest BloggerIn the wake of the death of yet another trainer at SeaWorld, longtime friend to animals and dedicated PETA supporter Bob Barker has contacted Hamilton James-the president and CEO of the Blackstone Group, which acquired SeaWorld last year-to urge him to close all SeaWorld amusement parks. Barker also asks Blackstone to start building seaside sanctuaries and coastal refuges into which to move all the captive cetaceans who are now kept in fury and frustration in tiny concrete tanks that are unable to satisfy any of their natural needs.

Barker points out that SeaWorld’s abysmal record of injuries and deaths of both trainers and animals is not going to improve as long as the amusement park continues to exploit the orcas, dolphins, and other highly social animals, some of whom were violently captured from their ocean homes and families and forced to learn circus-style tricks, which, according to whistleblower tips from trainers, employees “teach” by withholding food and isolating animals who refuse to perform.

The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld theme park is how miserable life is for the animals who are held there. Left to breathe and drink their own diluted urine and the waste of others in the tank with them, they languish for decades as shadows of their former selves. Many marine mammals develop vision problems from the chlorine and other chemicals that are put into their tanks, while some develop nutritional problems from the diet they are fed. Denied the simple pleasures of jumping in waves or choosing a mate, they face the inescapable noise of tens of thousands of visitors, whose steps actually vibrate through the walls of their tanks all day long, every day.

By taking the necessary steps to release these beautiful animals back in to the wild and replacing them with hugely popular and successful robotic creatures-like those used in the “Walking With the Dinosaurs” exhibit-SeaWorld would teach park visitors much more about these intelligent, complex animals without subjecting them to a lifetime of captivity. Urge SeaWorld to retire its unwilling, miserable, and frustrated marine performers before another human or animal dies, and share this information with everyone you know.

This post by Logan Scherer was originally published on The PETA Files.

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    Laura says...

    March 4th, 2010, 6:21 pm

    I am going to print this out to give to my relatives who always want to visit Seaworld (I call it Tankworld) when they come to San Diego. Great info here on the abuses sea animals endure in captivity.

    gloria says...

    March 5th, 2010, 2:12 pm

    What a sad situation… I felt sorry for the marine animals for years…I just hope they do what Bob Barker says…. money IS the root of all evil….

    Sharon J. Kennedy says...

    March 5th, 2010, 2:22 pm

    These creatures deserve the respect and dignity God designed them to have. They are not be abused, neglected, or exploited for entertainment and profit. Or has anyone forgotten the lessons of the Birth at the Manger….Christ died on the cross not only to absorb humanities sin-debt but also to give justice to all creation.

    Catherine M. Raymond says...

    March 5th, 2010, 2:24 pm

    The glorious creatures of the ocean were not placed there to be taken and used for our entertainment. They need to be replaced into their natural homes. SeaWorld has to do all it can to get them back into as natural a habitat as they can–if they haven’t already destroyed that possibility for some of their animals.

    Don Collins says...

    March 5th, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Well done Mr Bob Barker.
    I totally agree with your excellent article and I am sure that many many thousands do.
    It really would be a brilliant achievement if all SeaWorld amusement parks were closed. Just keep spreading the word.
    Best regards
    Don Collins

    Isabelle says...

    March 5th, 2010, 2:53 pm

    Animals are NOT amusement. They need and deserved to be treat with respect.

    If we are to go on living together on this earth, we must all be responsible for it.

    Compassion for all, PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    Francine says...

    March 5th, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I don’t understand who would want to go to Sea World now and watch a big depressed killer whale perform tricks, that a dog should be performing not a big orca…..
    Maybe if Peta continues to educate the public on how these whales Do NOT belong in captivity, people will finally wake up and STOP going to Sea World…
    Shame on you SEA WORLD for having killer whales put in these small tanks, just to make money…..it’s always about MONEY….never the animals well being….
    It’s strange how people could go hunting, fishing…and kill animals for a so called sport….but if you hear about a WILD animal or bear..or a killer whale kill a person….that animal is a threat….and put to death…

    ALWAYS FOR THE ANIMALS….

    Diane Maseroni says...

    March 5th, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Close Seaworld – enough is enough – This is abuse when you consider what they must endure while in captivity. So who is responsible for this? The sea animals?

    Alejandro Peregrina says...

    March 5th, 2010, 3:33 pm

    I get that the trainers of Sea World love animals, but that’s not an excuse for using animals for the entertainment of the people, So of course we should all be in favour of “SHUTTING SEA WORLD” Animals must live freely just like God created them

    kathy deleon says...

    March 5th, 2010, 3:40 pm

    I am always so disappointed that actors and those in the public light (just recently Conan O’Brien) swim the dolphins etc. I cannot believe they are so unaware of this huge issue. This was a great article and YEAH for Bob.

    Georgia says...

    March 5th, 2010, 4:05 pm

    I love Bob Barker for speaking out for the animals. Any friend of the animals is a friend of mine.

    Ann(boston,MA) says...

    March 5th, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I dont think shutting sea world is an option here. just get rid of the those killer sharks or keep them by themselves in another tank for folks to see and not perform. Other animals are ok seals, otters as it gives wild animals a living habitat that is safe, in the wild they might not have a life or a chance. So no, Bob Barker is wrong here. Remove the killer whales into their own habitat and leave it at that.

    Naila M. Sanchez says...

    March 5th, 2010, 4:42 pm

    100% Right!!!! These magnificent animals do NOT belong in captivity! Thank you for the insightful and educating blog… May God help our world!

    Beverley McKinley says...

    March 5th, 2010, 6:14 pm

    I’m ashamed of what humans are doing…who do we think we are? We are no more superior than the animals..oh, I forgot, people read the bible and say, look, its says god says we are above the animals, we can kill and eat them..Ignorance..that is what it is..Man wrote the bible to control the people…In fact, most of all the prophets were on psychedelic plants..read about the Amanita muscaria mushroom..google it…amanita muscaria mushroom and the churches…
    People are ignorant to the knowledge…

    VICTORIA ALESANDRO says...

    March 5th, 2010, 6:38 pm

    Anna (Boston MA)
    Argh! How can you believe (and be writing on a PETA website!!) that animals in the wild are better of being “safe” in captivity?! It is this attitude, this clutching at straws excuse, that causes the suffering of animals that should be FREE in the first place! ANIMALS ARE NOT OURS FOR ENTERTAINMENT OR EXPERIMENTATION. That’s the bottom line. People need to get a life that involves participation in conservation to be at the front line or at the very least turn on Animal Planet and watch and learn from those that go into the wild and film the animals. LIVE AND LEARN. PARTICIPATE. I hope you change your mind.

    Rachel A says...

    March 5th, 2010, 7:28 pm

    Yes, these animals don’t belong in captivity but my question is can they live out in the wild after being handfed by humans. I don’t think they can. I believe they have to be slowly introduced back into their natural environment and learn to hunt for food and inter-mingle with their own species.

    Maggie says...

    March 5th, 2010, 7:51 pm

    ABSOLUTELY !!! SHUT IT DOWN AND ALL THE PLACES THAT “USE” ANIMALS FOR SO CALLED ENTERTAINMENT !!!…IT’S CRUELTY…NOT ENTERTAINING !!!

    Charlotte Winters says...

    March 5th, 2010, 8:46 pm

    These animals are far too intelligent to be kept captive. They are wild and at the very least Seaworld should not breed or capture anymore animals.

    Mary-Kay Bono, SFC (Ret.) says...

    March 6th, 2010, 3:56 am

    All living creatures have a birthright to be in their own natural habitat. Forcing them into captivity is torture for them. It is cruel and unnatural. Forcing these creatures to perform in order to eat is no life for them. It is barely just existing. It is no wonder they become depressed. They are being imprisoned. Give them their freedom–it is their God-given right! Imprisoning these creatures brings to mind the concentration camps created during World War II! It was wrong then, and it is wrong now!!!
    They are living, breathing creatures–not machines built to entertain mankind!!! They have rights too!!!

    Mary-Kay Bono, SFC (Ret.) says...

    March 6th, 2010, 3:59 am

    All living creatures have a birthright to be in their own natural habitat. Forcing them into captivity is torture for them. It is cruel and unnatural. Forcing these creatures to perform in order to eat is no life for them. It is barely just existing. It is no wonder they become depressed. They are being imprisoned. Give them their freedom–it is their God-given right! Imprisoning these creatures brings to mind the concentration camps created during World War II! It was wrong then, and it is wrong now!!!
    They are living, breathing creatures–not machines built to entertain mankind!!! They have rights too, just like other living creatures like humans!

    Ms Lois Koch says...

    March 6th, 2010, 8:07 am

    THANK GOD FOR BOB BARKER!!! I truly believe he is sent here to be a true Guardian of God’s Creations. It seems anything he says is acted upon. Believe me, I do not mean to lessen what PETA does and has done . . . not at all! These brave people have gone out and done so very much to help so many of us what is and has happened to animals.

    Carol Gregoria says...

    March 6th, 2010, 8:12 am

    Bob Barker is 100% right.
    Let’s all get together and do something about it, i.e., boycotting Sea Worth and letting the powers that be know that we will not tolerate our captivity for MONEY any longer.

    Patty says...

    March 6th, 2010, 10:06 am

    Why shut out Sea World? Why not just Free Tilly??? How about shut out Barnum and Bailey Circus and other circuses too?

    Mary Kay & Steve says...

    March 6th, 2010, 11:36 am

    GREAT JOB, BOB BARKER!!! All animals: mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, etc. are creations of our Creator and deserve respect and compassion from our human population!!! Why do “we” think all other species are here to feed us, amuse us or be abused by us?? We are firm believers in karma & many are in for a huge “awakening” at some point!!
    Money and profit will dictate what happens at Sea World and other enterprizes that use animals for our enjoyment!! How sad!!
    Please encourage everyone you know to boycott Sea World and all other places that exploit animals in any way!!

    Elinor Israel says...

    March 6th, 2010, 1:23 pm

    I suggest renaming Wea World “Shame World”.

    Elinor Israel says...

    March 6th, 2010, 1:29 pm

    Anne (boston, MA) – No, Bob Barker is not wrong. Wild animals are not meant to be held in captivity to entertain people. Do you really think that the otters and seals perform tricks because they want to make people happy? They perform because of the same reasons the whales perform. They want to eat and they know they have to dance to the trainers tune to do so. Keeping them “safe” from the wild is not a valid arguement. Would you want to live your entire life in your living room without ever going outside to keep you safe from criminals? You certainly would be safer but would you be happy?

    Kris says...

    March 6th, 2010, 3:24 pm

    In response to Ann of Boston, MA’s post: your comment is not very thoughtful or intelligent, and I’m not just criticizing you based on your anti-Bob Barker argument. First off, it’s killer WHALE, not shark…orca if you really want to mince words…this incorrect identification already indicates your ignorance on the subject.
    Secondly, quote, “just get rid of the those killer sharks or keep them by themselves in another tank for folks to see and not perform”, unquote…the whole point of having Sea World is for the animals to be on display to humans for “entertainment”, so to Sea World, what would be the point of having a killer whale on the premises that no one can watch?
    Third point: quote, “Other animals are ok seals, otters as it gives wild animals a living habitat that is safe, in the wild they might not have a life or a chance”, unquote….with that argument, you could be telling parents they need to keep their children indoors always, because they might be killed outside! PETA’s argument, and Bob Barker’s, is that quality of life is what matters — and the seals, otters, and other marine wildlife are not living a quality life in cement tanks, void of natural environmental stimulation, and forced to perform ridiculous tricks to the laughter and applause of ignorant human beings.
    I suggest, Ann, that you educate yourself further on such matters before you venture an opinion that can easily be discredited.

    karen bell says...

    March 7th, 2010, 3:29 pm

    You Go Bob! I love seeing your name behind issues. Thanks for helping the Sea Shepard.

    Helen says...

    March 10th, 2010, 9:30 am

    Thank you Bob for your work and compassion from those like myself.
    We love you!

    Sherri Hickman says...

    March 18th, 2010, 4:58 pm

    I love Bob Barker! Animals should be free.

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