Dear Perfect Parents:
Tilikum is an Orca, a sacred sovereign animal meant to travel thousands of miles through an environment alive with other marine citizens. Like all slaves he had to be captured, held and incarcerated. Before we see him in his nifty cement pond in Florida he underwent kidnapping and estrangement from his family. In order to watch him jump through hoops he was coerced with food, food he can no longer track and catch. He will only continue performing out of the need to eat.
There is no logical justification for believing that this animal is not in misery.
We can each commit ourselves to never, ever attending a "show" of any kind involving the capture and coersion of wild animals. Without our monetary support there simply would be no Sea World. Our children do not need to be confused by an animal's majesty and their forced captivity. By bringing children to these businesses we are misleading them and passively condoning slavery and abuse for profit.
This from the Los Angeles Times:
Brancheau's death "did not have to happen, and I must appeal to you to take strong action now so that it never happens again. I know that the Blackstone Group was asked to close the SeaWorld theme parks when you acquired them last year," Barker wrote, referring to PETA's 2009 request that Blackstone send the marine park's occupants to sanctuaries that more closely resembled their natural habitats. "I urge you to make that humane move now and to start moving the captive orcas and other marine mammals to transitional coastal and wildlife sanctuaries" and replace them with virtual-reality exhibits. Bob Barker (The Price is Right Host)