February 24, 2010
SeaWorld Whale Involved in Death of a 3rd Person
Naomi Rose, Ph.D, a marine mammal scientist with The Humane Society of the United States, made the following statement in response to the death of a trainer drowned by an orca at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla.
"This is a terrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the family of the trainer. Tillikum, the SeaWorld orca, has now been involved in the deaths of three people. Using these animals in entertainment is not good for animals or people. Sadly, we've seen evidence of that again today. Whales and dolphins are large, intelligent, long-lived, socially complex predators who often hunt cooperatively and are capable of swimming a hundred miles in a day. They are unsuited to permanent confinement, often exhibiting neurotic behaviors in these settings. Capture methods are also inhumane, and often not adequately managed or overseen. "
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