Just days ago, tragedy struck the killer whales off of Scotland’s western coast, when one whale out of the population washed ashore – dead. The population is now left with only eight members – and while there are more orca-populated areas around Scotland, this particular population is important to the ecosystem, and the loss is a devastating blow.
Unfortunately, many orcas have died in the wild and in captivity over the last year, and both sides of the Blackfish debate use these deaths to further their agendas.
Four whales in particular can be focused on – two at marine parks, and two in the wild. The captive whales are a male named Valentin and a female named Unna, while the wild orcas are two females – a Southern Resident killer whale named Rhapsody and a killer whale from the West Coast of Scotland named Lulu.
The deaths of these whales all garnered huge reactions from all sides.
Both sides of the captivity debate respond similarly to the death of an orca – with grief, and with hopes that the “other side” will not use it to further their agenda.
Unfortunately, both sides do use it in that way.
This is a call to pro-orca, pro-SeaWorld activists: don’t be hypocrites. Don’t do what irks you so much to see animal rights campaigners do.
Or further captive orca welfare by fighting for the Blue World Project to be built despite setbacks.
After all, there’s so much more we can do that’s so much more effective than fighting.