A Lonely Fishtank

Over the years many captivating and extraordinary documentaries have been released that have shown the struggles and desperation of how the human race treats its food.  These films have been brought out to make a connection, a change or even the fact of just bringing back knowledge to the plate. Though people do not realise the extent and dramatic experiences people surface from the butcher houses that it brings them to question why they eat meat or how they treat animals entirely. Such films are Historical life of the Chicken, Food, Inc. Forks over knives plus many more.

A documentary that was released back in 2013, known as Blackfish drove the protesters to a whole new level to bring down Sea Worlds programs of Orca breeding completely by this year. (The Orcas that are currently at Sea Worlds now will be left there until they pass for safety reasons) The reason why Blackfish brought so much success was because of the whole hearted story it brought about the young Orca called Tilikum which was an emotionally unstable and dangerous Orca. (To watch the film it is currently on Netflix)

The Orca brings forth human qualities that keeps the audience more connected towards the story besides many piles of information stacked upon themselves. It was so moving and full on that I even cried during the end of it because we are the human race that should not take something out of its home and played into another for entertainment.  I believe within the evidence, the cases that were made pushed people to stop going and within the article this year it showed an impact to their stocks and shows.

An interesting connection between the documentaries of Blackfish compared to others is the way it was presented, it had its research and evidence to provide it. An example being the fact of the Trainers and how some needed to train other Orcas differently for them to do a trick such as staving them. Along with the fact that some trainers were not sure what they were doing or even the knowledge of looking up the Orca they were training. I found a key towards this and people within their occupation as a lot of people either do not have the knowledge or understanding of how to kill an animal humanly.

This is evident in an article I saw a few years back called, ‘a Bloody Business’ by the four corners when the cows were treated cruel and the workers were charged for their disturbing acts. (Be warned not for the light hearted if you watch the clip)

The sad part now is that the Orca, Tilikum from the Blackfish film is dying due to all the actions and shows plus becoming the main breeding Orca is just terrible plus that have pushed him, 35 years old and very large into a small tank. Due to his sickness that have pushed him to not even move. It is inhuman and horrifying to see this. I believe everyone should question and think about the animals that are on this earth because they were here first. I am not saying to turn vegan or vegetarian because I know a lot of them and that is why I began watching a lot of these documentaries but no just watch what you eat and how these animals are treated.

Mark Lewis, 22, January 2001, ‘The National History of the Chicken,’ IMDB, Viewed 1st April 2016

Food Inc, Viewed 1st April 2016

Forks over Knives, Viewed 30th March 2016

Netflix, viewed 29th March 2016

Blackfish, Dogwoof, Viewed 30th March 2016

Ameena Schelling, 1st April 2016, The Dodo, SeaWorld Breeding Ban Reason, viewed 1st April 2016 https://www.thedodo.com/seaworld-breeding-ban-reason-1702760044.html

Sarah Ferguson, 30th May 2011, Four Corners, ‘A bloody business,’ viewed 29th March 2016

‘Tilikum: SeaWorld says killer whale featured in Blackfish documentary ‘deteriorating,’ 10th March 2016, News ABC, viewed 29th March 2016


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