There are a lot of people out there who are against places like @seaworldtexas
, believing that the animals are taken from their homes and tortured for entertainment. I am honored to be a former volunteer for the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, where the mission is always to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured animals back to their natural habitats. Sometimes, animals are too sick or too hurt. Sometimes, they require daily medications and human care. Sometimes, they can ONLY survive because of the time and effort that we, as humans, are able to give them. When an animal cannot be released back into its natural habitat, they go to aquariums and zoos where they can continue to live; rather than be euthanized. Let’s get one thing straight: the employees at parks and aquariums are not in it for the money - most barely make above minimum wage. Working with animals is truly a work of passion - I should know as a former Sea World employee myself. Laws have banned the capturing of animals from the wild for YEARS; and unfortunately documentaries like @blackfish_movie
use visuals and sounds to cause the audience to have an emotional reaction instead of a truthful one. I believe that we should be 100% cruelty free. But I also believe that without parks, zoos, and other wildlife sanctuaries, we couldn’t give the love and care to so many animals who are dying because of the condition of our planet. —————————————————————
I understand that this post will be unpopular with most of my vegan family; but I hope to share a different point of view. I have personally experienced the compassion and love that is felt for the animals by the trainers and employees at Sea World and @sanantoniozoo.
If you don’t agree, please pass on by, unfollow, do whatever you have to do. Don’t go to the parks if you don’t want to. Part of my journey is to speak my truth. I think it’s only fair that people know the hard work, passion, commitment, and true love that is felt by animal caretakers 💗
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