Billy Hurley of the Georgia Aquarium had an idiotic comment in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. He suggested that in the aftermath of the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, Sea World’s response with the killer whale should be to “love it more” and “spend more time with the relationship”. Really?
Tillikum has now been linked to 3 human deaths—one of which was likely the person’s fault for going in the tank on his own. Still, let my pet dog—who is very calm and affectionate—attack and kill a person and the authorities would be all over us to have her put down. A bear out in the woods that kills a hiker is hunted down and shot. Same for a mountain lion or other wild animal that is simply doing what wild animals do when threatened or hungry. So what’s the difference?
A gentleman I spoke with last night, on a totally unrelated topic, commented that the number 1 problem in this country is greed. I had to agree with him. The putting down of a killer whale is financially unproductive for Sea World. The recommendation to do so by an aquarium official would be counterproductive for not only Sea World, but for his aquarium as well.
No question about it, Tillikum is still alive today because he’s a money making asset.
So back to Mr Hurley’s comment. Sea World should love it more?
Hey Sea World! Have any more trainers to spare?
From footage of Dawn Brancheau in a CNN interview a few years ago, she already had a pretty good relationship with killer whales (not necessarily Tillikum) and look what happened.
This is a rare case where I have to agree with PETA that this is inhumane and needs to end. Leave killer whales alone except for rescue and rehabilitation. And even then, remember “Free Willy” (there are 2 links here)? Release them back into the wild afterwards. They are not pets and should not be used to make money at the loss of their freedom and the loss of human lives.