SeaWorld has made hundreds of headlines around the world after their huge announcement.
Now, they’re embarking on one of the biggest worldly endeavors that no organization has been able to accomplish.
Can SeaWorld effectively end Japan’s commercial whaling? Can they do something the entire animal activist community has not been able to do?
Since SeaWorld’s record-breaking announcement, everyone and their brother have stepped up to offer their opinion on the recent developments. The detente between SeaWorld and the HSUS has been both widely acclaimed and criticized, and though there is much to be wary of with that development, it has clearly taken a critical chess piece off the board – for now.
But recently, the two foes-turned-allies are tackling a critical issue – the fight to end Japan’s commercial whaling.
On April 1, 2016, SeaWorld sent a letter to President Obama urging him to do everything in his diplomatic power to put a substantial amount of pressure on Japan to end its commercial whaling activities. By slaughtering hundreds of whales, Japan is flouting international law.
SeaWorld put it simply: The world needs to act. America needs to lead.
SeaWorld CEO, Joel Manby, says this is just the next volley in SeaWorld’s ongoing commitment to advocate for marine animal protection around the world, and from his letter to the president, it’s clear he means business.
This declaration couldn’t come at a better time. Japan’s whaling fleet recently returned from the Antarctic with 333 minke whales – 103 males and 230 females, more than 2/3 of which were pregnant. All of this senseless slaughter was carried out right under the world’s nose.
But if the animal activist community – we’re talking dozens of organizations here – couldn’t stop Japan’s commercial whaling industry after decades of trying, how and why can SeaWorld?
Because after decades of success – millions of dollars raised for conservation efforts, practicing top notch veterinary care around the clock, the most up-to-date animal husbandry techniques and most importantly, changing public opinion on killer whales from fear to love – SeaWorld is the one organization with the clout that can make a difference.
Simply put, they are a world renowned brand that has demonstrated a real commitment to animals, with no agenda beyond animals’ welfare and care.
If you doubt that statement, just take a peek at what’s currently happening among the activist community in the wake of SeaWorld’s announcement.
While SeaWorld and HSUS are now working together to tackle commercial whaling from very different sides of the spectrum, the infamous group, Sea Shepherd, is actively attacking the HSUS for daring to work with SeaWorld to end the barbaric practice.
Captain Paul Watson, leader of Sea Shepherd, took to Facebook to scathingly remark on the SeaWorld/HSUS stance against Japan’s commercial whaling. Because that makes sense, right?
See people doing good – put them down. That’s the messed up mentality that governs the radical activist community. That’s why they have failed miserably to end the killing.
They’d rather attack people (and raise money) than actually solve the problem.
Now we see the truth: the radical activist community is attacking itself instead of advocating for animals.
And that’s really all they’re good for.
SeaWorld has shown and proved itself to be a champion for marine animals – standing tall and in the public eye to demand better, to stop senseless slaughter and change the world. While the radical fringe activists are busy attacking each other, SeaWorld may just get the job done.
Wouldn’t that be something?
We stand behind them 100 percent.