Just a few things...
Animals have bad days too guys.
Even in the wild
Strangely there has been no (or maybe one) recorded attack of an orca on a person in the wild however..Thaat is despite the increasing number of people going to see them and people do swim/scuba with them in Norway ad New Zealand so the oppurtunity is there..
Tursi wrote:If the animals were as unhappy as you say, I think we'd see attacks every week. Resulting in many deaths.
They know they could kill us. And they choose not to.
The trainer is one of the only stimuli they have, plus not unimportantly the person with the fish, they are not dumb, I wouldn't want to piss off the person who brings me food ...
Besides, one trainer at least has been killed and a survey showed tht about 50% of people working with marine mammals were injured by them at some point.
They may choose not to kill their trainers but the reason behind it I believe is dependency.
This is an excerpt i quoted recently in another thread which describes the deteriorating trainer-dolphin 'bond' on being transferred from a tank to a seapen and being provided with life fish (mainly secretly introduced into the pen, so they would no longer associate food with the trainer) in order to be released:"Early on Echo and Misha would spend some time playing with people. Michelle didn't want to frustrate them by cutting of their interactions with humans abruptly, so occasionally she would sit in a small inflatable boat and let the boys come by to be rubbed. They seemed to like it at first . Then they started to get snippy about it, sometimes even slapping their tails on the water and making it perfectly clear "i don't need these rubs."
once after a feeding session, when the fish were gone, michelle gave Echo the 'retrieve' sign, thinking he might bring back a ring that was floating in the water. He left and returned with a fish in his mouth. he shook it and ate it in fron of her- as if to say, "i don't need your fish, either."
The boys also felt less need for human made toys as well. both occasionally pushed the buoy around but Echo didnt seem to have the same sexual fixation on it that he had had back in the lab."
She (the author) also describes increasing aggression (in at least one of them) during sessions where they were fed by hand or had to undergo medical exams.
it is also important to point out that these animals were fed regularly whether they performed the way they should or not, so they weren't starving them into obedience, nevertheless, once they got their "own" food which they did not associate with people and where in a more natural habitat, they wanted little to do with their trainers and became aggressive eventhough before that they would come up and ask for attention and 'love'.
I feel that explains a lot about why we don't see attacks more often, the animals are dependent on these people and they know it.
Tursi wrote:I do agree that these animals never should have been captured from the wild in the first place. However, we cannot change the past and releasing them back into the wild would prove nothing, as most,if not all of them, wouldn't survive.
Though most facilities take excellent care of their animals and love them dearly.
A very common cited argument, well it's been done,too bad, nothing we can do, we might as well go and enjoy the show...point is, there are also a lot of examples of releases working very well....
'Love' cannot replace an adequate habitat and in the case of orcas it's certainly not helping their lifespan in captivity...
It should also be noted that the display of marine mammals has been banned or severely limited in several countries as it is deemed cruel.
"There is about as much educational benefit to be gained in studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by observing prisoners held in solitary confinement" - Jacques Cousteau
We're not unique, just at one end of the spectrum.