A video went viral of a seemingly injured and bleeding dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando who was attacked by other dolphins.
A dolphin pod at SeaWorld Orlando today repeatedly attacked one of the dolphins in the pod, while the trainers were trying to do the show, causing the dolphin to start bleeding. 😬😥😥 #dolphin #seaworld #seaworldorlando #attack #violent #nature #fyp #wild #orlando #Florida
The video, posted on TikTok by user @the.man.child shows an injured dolphin lying on the side of their tank where they are forced to perform in shows. The user claims that the dolphin was attacked by other dolphins and the trainers can be heard calling off the show in the audio of the clip.
“A dolphin pod at SeaWorld Orlando today repeatedly attacked one of the dolphins in the pod, while the trainers were trying to do the show, causing the dolphin to start bleeding,” the user captioned the video.
PETA has used this video to call once again for the end of these cruel and exploitative shows.
“It never should have happened again, and how many more times must the dysfunction, cruelty, and profound animal suffering at SeaWorld be exposed?” PETA wrote. “Left alone in their ocean homes, dolphins maintain dynamic relationships with large social networks, choose their own mates, and swim freely, but SeaWorld crams approximately 140 of these highly intelligent marine mammals into just seven small tanks and then expresses surprise when they lash out, again and again.”
PETA asked once again that the dolphins be removed from the park and placed in seaside sanctuaries. SeaWorld responded to the video by saying that dolphins attacking each other is a ‘common behavior’.
“This video shows common behavior among dolphins exhibited by both wild populations and those in human care as part of natural social interactions. During this interaction, one dolphin sustained some minor abrasions,” they said. “The dolphin was examined by our veterinarian who determined the abrasions were superficial and did not require additional medical treatment. The dolphin re-joined his pod without further incident and the group is behaving normally and eating well. ”
The amusement park, which opened in 1955, has long had the nickname of “abusement park” and is built on exploiting intelligent marine animals for profit. Finally, after years of pressure from the public, SeaWorld announced the end of its orca breeding program in March 2016. Although this was a win, we can’t forget about the other animals and every other amusement park that exploits these amazing animals. The torment, imprisonment, and artificial breeding of their animals need to end. These animals should not be in captivity, to begin with.
The popular documentary Blackfish, which explored the tragedy of captive whales in detail, helped to reduce attendance at marine mammal parks and led SeaWorld to announce that it would stop breeding orcas. However, many of these whales and other animals remain in captivity, where they continue to suffer.
This article by Hailey Kanowsky was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 16 November 2022.
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