…because at SOME POINT, SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE is going to open a last letter, click on a last email, read the results of a last poll, and finally say, OK. We’re done.
Standing at a protest outside Woodland Park
Prison Zoo a few days ago, I was nonplussed at the number of people giving us the thumbs-up and waving and nodding….as they went in to visit the zoo. I wondered about it aloud to a fellow protester: why are these people still going in if they agree with our reason for being here? One of the people marching in turned around and said truculently, BECAUSE IT’S FUN!
I remember being there. I went to zoos. I went to aquariums. I went to Sea World. I went to Parrot Jungle. It was something you did if you ‘loved animals’: you went to look at them. Even when I was very little, it made me vaguely uncomfortable. My parents always seemed sad there, but they went anyway. It was as if we all knew something fundamental about it was badly wrong, but it was an immutable part of the status quo. Finding out exactly how bad those places are was never much of a surprise, but finding out how POWERFUL individuals are in creating change, was.
Predictably, Sea World has reacted to calls for liberation by deciding to build bigger prisons, hoping most people won’t realize bigger bathtubs are still bathtubs, even if they are decorated around the edges with plastic rocks and plants.
I am asking you to let them know a real sea change has occurred, and no amount of window dressing will ever make imprisonment for entertainment alright again. It’s gone beyond conditions. It is a matter of rights. The ones they have and we don’t.
So please, right now, when you finish reading — not later today, not tomorrow — tell SeaWorld to set in place a firm plan to release the animals to sanctuaries that can provide them with a more natural environment (like sea pens, pending release). And tell them to do it now — not in 10 years, not even in five.
Sign an online petition here.
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Jim Atchison (president & CEO of SeaWorld), PO Box 690129, Orlando, FL 32869
The Blackstone Group
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