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    • dak1038

      They wouldn’t be let out into the ocean. there are sea pens that have been built in their natural environment but in a safe enclosure to keep them under watch. Lolita, in FL, is the last of the orcas stolen from the Puget Sound that is alive. There’s a pen waiting for her and perhaps her pod will recognize her after all these years.  No one thinks releasing orcas like Tillikum into the ocean is a good idea. But for god sakes, give him something better than the bath tubs he’s been forced into in FL and BC. He, and all the other orcas, deserve better. I live in the Puget Sound area and I can tell you that orcas do not do synchronized tricks in the wild. That is the only way they get food, by performing. At least stop making them perform for food. It’s cruel.  And you are incredibly wrong about the money that goes toward research and rehabilitation. No orca is in Sea World due to rehabilitation. ALL were either stolen or “bred” in captivity (getting the male to donate sperm).

    • dak1038

      Ok, I know I’m missing the point, but the creator of the comic should have picked another breed besides greyhound. In the US an UK greyhounds are bred for racing and it is nearly impossible to get greyhound puppies. Greyhounds = $$$ for owners, just like racehorses. Sometimes there are “oops” puppies resulting from a pregnancy mishap on the track (females are given hormones to avoid going into heat) but even those are rare. Also, many of the traits shown in this comic aren’t typical of greyhounds at all (barking, guard dog behavior). Sorry, I’ve been working in greyhound rescue for 15 years so I can’t help myself. That said, former racers make wonderful pets! :) Adopt a greyhound!

    • dak1038

      Oh, people will still give unwanted opinions after the baby is born. My mother in law asked us to change the name after we told her and said we still could because the birth certificate wasn’t issued yet. One suggestion… be prepared if your name is the same as any great aunts/uncles that you may have never met because if you name your kid after your MIL’s most despised great aunt you will hear about it.

    • dak1038

      That is an excellent question. There is a orca in FL at Marine Land named Lolita that is the last surviving orca stolen from the Puget Sound in the early 70s. There is great effort to bring her back, her family is still there. There would be a large fenced area in a bay for her to live, and hopefully they can release her back into the Puget Sound. Now, she’s unique because her family is still alive but a lot of the orcas at Sea World were born in captivity. I’m sure there’s marine biologists around the world that have some good ideas. They are the experts, not the shareholders of Sea World.

    • dak1038

      Most zoos are about education and conservation. Not entertainment. Sea World is an amusement park. All animals are there for entertainment only. None of the animals were abandoned in the wild and cared for. All were born in captivity from a bloodline that starts with the animals being captured at a young age and taken from their families. They weren’t captured for research, they were captured with the intention of making money. Unlucky for orcas they are incredibly intelligent and will do “tricks”. Withholding food from animals until they perform is cruel and abusive. Sea World sucks. In the 70s it didn’t seem like cruelty, but now that we know so much more about these animals, and have seen the result of keeping them in captivity (shortened life spans, health issues, trainers hurt and killed) it’s time to change our views. Public opinion is changing and Sea World flat out refuses to consider changing their 50 year old view on animal captivity for entertainment. And they do so at the expense of the safety of their employees.  I am fortunate to live in a place where I can see orcas in their natural habitat. Two days ago I watched a pod of about 12 hunt and play. They traveled about 3 miles within a short time. They can travel up to 100 miles a day and they are built for such swimming. Now imagine them being confined to what is essentially a bathtub for no reason at all except to make money. Screw Sea World. They deserve to crumble.