Orcas: SeaWorld's tanks will be history

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 9:04 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Re "Orcas will pay price" (Editorials, April 8): Your editorial defending the continued incarceration of orcas in SeaWorld's cramped tanks is, well, all wet.

Orcas won't be dumped into the ocean with a wave and good wishes. The process would be a considerable undertaking, with marine biologists, animal behaviorists, and scientists involved in their rehabilitation. Protected sea pens will allow greater freedom of movement. The ability to see, sense, and communicate with their wild brethren and other ocean animals, and to feel the tides and waves. These are all fundamental needs the orcas have long been denied.

One very real possibility is California's 848-square-mile marine reserve, the largest protected network of undersea sanctuaries in the continental United States.

SeaWorld has the means to make this happen and should concede that there is no reason to wait to get the process underway. The tide against keeping orcas captive has forever turned.

-- Jennifer O'Connor, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Norfolk, Va.

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