Controversy the positive changes the park has

Controversy
over domesticating wild animals, specifically at SeaWorld theme parks, has
caused lots of trouble for the once popular park. After experiencing severe
backlash due to the death of Blackfish Orca ‘Tilikum’ in 2017, the park has
made drastic changes in regards to their killer whale program. As portrayed by
the media, it is the common opinion that SeaWorld was and is responsible for
the harsh and unfair treatment of animals. Hundreds of thousands of people have
brought negative attention towards SeaWorld and their recent activity regarding
their killer wales. After well-known Orca Tilikum’s death, SeaWorld’s typical
crowd sizes have gone down.  Attendance recorded at the parks has dropped
14.9% according to Charisse Jones, a USA TODAY journalist. Although there are
several negative factors regarding SeaWorld, they were founded and originally
opened by four men who sought out to influence the people’s curiosity with the
ocean, with the initial intention of promoting education, as well as funding
wildlife rescue and preservation by partnering with rescue organizations. The
company began with the intention to inspire, and still carries the same values
they began with. The SeaWorld parks should no longer be boycotted, and those
who are still threatened and upset by their past should acknowledge the
positive changes the park has made.

            SeaWorld was originally founded by
George Millay, Milton Shedd, Ken Norris and David Demott. Originally set out to
open an underwater restaurant, the four
men eventually decided on a park, and opened SeaWorld San Diego in 1964. They
started the park with the intention of providing entertainment mixed with an
educational experience of marine life. Milton Shedd, one of four co-founders,
grew up by the sea. Kenneth Norris, a marine biologist, naturalist and
conservationist helped pass the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The men who
opened this park had firm beliefs in marine wildlife protection. Before the
park took it’s course, the founders were “Determined to create planet Earth’s
most ambitious marine park…” as said in the article “The Fantastical Vision for
the Original Seaworld” by Conor Friedersdorf, reporter for The Atlantic. The
park was opened solely based on one factor: Passion for the ocean.

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            After 12 years of being open and
under the eyes of the original four founders, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, INC.,
purchased SeaWorld. With expanding popularity and growth, SeaWorld expanded
into newer and larger locations; this did not change the companies’ focus or
motive. According to ‘SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment INC’, or ‘SeaWorld
Cares’, their fourth mission states, “Education and interpretation of animals-
We inspire and educate millions of guests who visit our parks each year… We
encourage guests to care about the world and animals through up-close animal
encounters, educational exhibits and innovative entertainment that inspires.” These
four motives have not been altered or edited since the establishment first
arose.

 SeaWorld has several educational programs and
schooling involvements focused on promoting all aspects marine education and
conservation. As said in the article ‘SeaWorld dives into deals’, “In an effort
to inspire children to excel in reading and ignite enthusiasm for animals…
SeaWorld has partnered with Rucks Media Group for three interactive storybooks
for kids…” There are so many different things that SeaWorld is involved in, and
they fight and promote for education, which is something most don’t realize.

After personally experiencing and
attending several SeaWorld Orlando educational programs and tours, the SeaWorld
Company only becomes more appealing. To the average theme park or rollercoaster
enthusiast, or animal rights activist, the parks come across as uninteresting,
or even extremely inhumane. Besides the parks, the company released a new
branch, called SeaWorld Pictures. This new extension of the company released a
Turtle film/documentary in 2011, in attempt to protrude their vision to those
who cannot attend their parks. “The company has a long history of conservation
and activism and this is a wonderful opportunity to get our message out,” says
Scott Helmstedter, creator and officer of SeaWorld Entertainment. Behind the
animal shows and rollercoasters lies a vision to educate and entertain people
of all marine life.

            SeaWorld also participates in animal
rescue programs and organizations outside of their theme parks and shows. After
consulting with Shane Coll, who completed a summer internship in 2011 with
SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Center, more valuable information was gathered. “I was
selected to complete a summer internship research program with SeaWorld in
2011. The most remarkable thing I remember getting to participate in was when I
was with the Animal Rescue Team. There were whales beached just off Key West. I
spent hours on the boat. We were able to save one or two whales and get them
back into the water. If I’m not mistaken, we brought one back with us, one of
the survivors. It was an amazing experience, and that is what SeaWorld truly
stands for.”  SeaWorld has hundreds of
research projects regarding all sorts of marine animals such as Wild Whales,
Manatees, Sea Turtles, Sea Lions, and more. They participate in rescues and rehabilitation.

They not only partner with other organizations, but also are their own Rescue
Organization.

            Now, SeaWorld continues to bounce
back, stronger than ever with their modified shows and newer animal protection
laws. The harsh media portrays the company as a horrible place to visit because
of inhumane treatment of animals. After looking beyond what you see, there is
so much more to SeaWorld than animal shows. Supporting this corporation
directly supports marine life and oceans. Bad publicity may have made SeaWorld
look poor on the outside, but looking deep into SeaWorld, they are responsible
for so much more good than bad. They continue to be innovative and proactive
when it comes to their methods animal treatment, training, rescue, and public
education. No other theme park corporation has done as much good for the Earth
as SeaWorld has. From the beginning of their existence, SeaWorld was created to
intrigue ordinary people in oceanic life, promote education, and fund rescues
and conservation for oceanic creatures and their ecosystems.

 

 Controversy
over domesticating wild animals, specifically at SeaWorld theme parks, has
caused lots of trouble for the once popular park. After experiencing severe
backlash due to the death of Blackfish Orca ‘Tilikum’ in 2017, the park has
made drastic changes in regards to their killer whale program. As portrayed by
the media, it is the common opinion that SeaWorld was and is responsible for
the harsh and unfair treatment of animals. Hundreds of thousands of people have
brought negative attention towards SeaWorld and their recent activity regarding
their killer wales. After well-known Orca Tilikum’s death, SeaWorld’s typical
crowd sizes have gone down.  Attendance recorded at the parks has dropped
14.9% according to Charisse Jones, a USA TODAY journalist. Although there are
several negative factors regarding SeaWorld, they were founded and originally
opened by four men who sought out to influence the people’s curiosity with the
ocean, with the initial intention of promoting education, as well as funding
wildlife rescue and preservation by partnering with rescue organizations. The
company began with the intention to inspire, and still carries the same values
they began with. The SeaWorld parks should no longer be boycotted, and those
who are still threatened and upset by their past should acknowledge the
positive changes the park has made.

            SeaWorld was originally founded by
George Millay, Milton Shedd, Ken Norris and David Demott. Originally set out to
open an underwater restaurant, the four
men eventually decided on a park, and opened SeaWorld San Diego in 1964. They
started the park with the intention of providing entertainment mixed with an
educational experience of marine life. Milton Shedd, one of four co-founders,
grew up by the sea. Kenneth Norris, a marine biologist, naturalist and
conservationist helped pass the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The men who
opened this park had firm beliefs in marine wildlife protection. Before the
park took it’s course, the founders were “Determined to create planet Earth’s
most ambitious marine park…” as said in the article “The Fantastical Vision for
the Original Seaworld” by Conor Friedersdorf, reporter for The Atlantic. The
park was opened solely based on one factor: Passion for the ocean.

            After 12 years of being open and
under the eyes of the original four founders, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, INC.,
purchased SeaWorld. With expanding popularity and growth, SeaWorld expanded
into newer and larger locations; this did not change the companies’ focus or
motive. According to ‘SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment INC’, or ‘SeaWorld
Cares’, their fourth mission states, “Education and interpretation of animals-
We inspire and educate millions of guests who visit our parks each year… We
encourage guests to care about the world and animals through up-close animal
encounters, educational exhibits and innovative entertainment that inspires.” These
four motives have not been altered or edited since the establishment first
arose.

 SeaWorld has several educational programs and
schooling involvements focused on promoting all aspects marine education and
conservation. As said in the article ‘SeaWorld dives into deals’, “In an effort
to inspire children to excel in reading and ignite enthusiasm for animals…
SeaWorld has partnered with Rucks Media Group for three interactive storybooks
for kids…” There are so many different things that SeaWorld is involved in, and
they fight and promote for education, which is something most don’t realize.

After personally experiencing and
attending several SeaWorld Orlando educational programs and tours, the SeaWorld
Company only becomes more appealing. To the average theme park or rollercoaster
enthusiast, or animal rights activist, the parks come across as uninteresting,
or even extremely inhumane. Besides the parks, the company released a new
branch, called SeaWorld Pictures. This new extension of the company released a
Turtle film/documentary in 2011, in attempt to protrude their vision to those
who cannot attend their parks. “The company has a long history of conservation
and activism and this is a wonderful opportunity to get our message out,” says
Scott Helmstedter, creator and officer of SeaWorld Entertainment. Behind the
animal shows and rollercoasters lies a vision to educate and entertain people
of all marine life.

            SeaWorld also participates in animal
rescue programs and organizations outside of their theme parks and shows. After
consulting with Shane Coll, who completed a summer internship in 2011 with
SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Center, more valuable information was gathered. “I was
selected to complete a summer internship research program with SeaWorld in
2011. The most remarkable thing I remember getting to participate in was when I
was with the Animal Rescue Team. There were whales beached just off Key West. I
spent hours on the boat. We were able to save one or two whales and get them
back into the water. If I’m not mistaken, we brought one back with us, one of
the survivors. It was an amazing experience, and that is what SeaWorld truly
stands for.”  SeaWorld has hundreds of
research projects regarding all sorts of marine animals such as Wild Whales,
Manatees, Sea Turtles, Sea Lions, and more. They participate in rescues and rehabilitation.

They not only partner with other organizations, but also are their own Rescue
Organization.

            Now, SeaWorld continues to bounce
back, stronger than ever with their modified shows and newer animal protection
laws. The harsh media portrays the company as a horrible place to visit because
of inhumane treatment of animals. After looking beyond what you see, there is
so much more to SeaWorld than animal shows. Supporting this corporation
directly supports marine life and oceans. Bad publicity may have made SeaWorld
look poor on the outside, but looking deep into SeaWorld, they are responsible
for so much more good than bad. They continue to be innovative and proactive
when it comes to their methods animal treatment, training, rescue, and public
education. No other theme park corporation has done as much good for the Earth
as SeaWorld has. From the beginning of their existence, SeaWorld was created to
intrigue ordinary people in oceanic life, promote education, and fund rescues
and conservation for oceanic creatures and their ecosystems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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