Animal activists speak out against the continued captivity of Killer Whales in a piece in the Los Angeles Times. This latest round of opposition follows the death of a Sea World trainer on Wednesday.
“……the Humane Society of the United States, didn’t go as far as PETA in condemning SeaWorld but argued that conditions there were insufficient to keep an animal like Tilikum in a healthy mental state. Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist for the Humane Society, told the Orlando Sentinel that “[in] terms of his stress levels, his size is a factor,” referencing the orca’s much-publicized 12,000-pound frame. “He is so big, I don’t care how big SeaWorld’s tanks are, they are too small for him.”‘-LA Times
It’s being suggested the orcas could be moved to a transitional coastal marine sanctuary.