Trainer Killed at SeaWorld - Orlando

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    ucfgrad93

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    Wow, this is so sad. I have been to this particular SeaWorld many times. I love the shows, especially the killer whales.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,587368,00.html
     
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    Tragic

    Thoughts and prayers with families and friends
    :(
     
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    see, i told them to free willy...no they say...

    killer whale: "what am i, here for your amusement??"
     
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    The actual article and whatever you quoted looks like completely different stories. The trainer didn't just slip or fall into the tank,

     
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    Another tragic death because of stupid ignorance.

    Seriously what part of "killer whale" do these people not get.
     
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    ucfgrad93

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    They must have updated the page, because I just copied then pasted for the quote.

    That is just terrible. The question now, is what to do with the whale.
     
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    Personally I think this tragedy should mean that an end it put to this practice. I mean look at the statistics… no amount of spin can make them anything other than terrible. You can't keep whales in a tank. Or if you can, we're not doing it right.

    And the captures are all full of class and care. Here's a nice account from wikipedia:
     
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    Let's keep our PETA tirades to ourselves for today. A woman, living her lifelong dream to work with orcas died doing what she loved. Details are still emerging as to the precise circumstances. Our thoughs go to her family, coworkers, and witnesses to this tragedy.
     
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    elppa

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    That is a good way to marginalise those with alternative viewpoints. Put them in the PETA tirade box. Whatever works for you.

    I have every sympathy for those involved. It is, as I said, a tragedy.
     
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    I'd close all these places down in a shot if I had the authority. Seeing animals in cages, metaphorical ones in the case of Sea World, fills me with disgust. It's only the lack of empathy in the dopes that go that keep these businesses alive. For the love of everything wild stop going to these hell holes. My only hope is that the animal will be released into the wild but I doubt it.
     
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    Don't be surprised if the more loony of our U.S. brethren call for the animals execution.
     
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    This is truly tragic. My condolences to the late trainer's family. :(
     
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    You let the whale go! There should be no question there.

    I feel for the woman and her family but if someone suggests the whale to be put down then they're crazy. This is a wild animal not meant to be a show pony. It's been going on for ages and they do treat the whales well, but it's still wild and will likely always have that instinct.

    Such a tragedy though and very sad on many levels.
     
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    I'm not sure that's something that can be done easily.

    I have to be honest, I have been to the show in 2008, and I must say that at the time I enjoyed it, a lot. I thought it was very well done. Of course, after reading this thread, I would not support again the show.

    My younger daughter loved it, she has a delay in her development and at the time she was 3, she did not speak much and I was not sure if she was able to remember or make reference to facts that she experienced. She still remembers Shamu and since that day every time she sees a killer whale on a book she says "Shamu-Shamu".
    My other daughter, since seeing the dolphin show in San Diego, wants to work with dolphins.

    I understand all the hate and controversy this story can bring, but today is a tragic day for a lady who lived her life for the orcas and loved them and was killed by one, there is no reason to bash or discuss the rightfulness of these type of shows. Let's leave this discussion to another thread.

    I just wanted to share my story to disclose that, although controversial, these shows, made by people who dedicate their life to these animals, have made some good to someone.
     
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    No sympathy. They're wild animals - it's to be expected.

    All the people who have paid to gawp at this ridiculous spectacle in the past, keeping the theme park open, are equally to blame for this tragedy.
     
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    I feel deeply uneasy every time I go to Seaworld or the zoo. Just can never quite shake that feeling, and I normally don't care about animals in any special way. Yet I understand why we have them.

    Can they let it go? That one's been in captivity for at least 19 years according to that article (he first was involved in someone's death in 1991). And this is the third death this whale's been mixed up in, although the 2nd sounds like a Darwin Award incident.

    I thought they'd have to put it down. Can't release it, can't trust it to be tame, only a dozen trainers would work with it before and I bet that number'll go down now.
     
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    According to a colleague speaking on the news, "she loved [the whales] to death".

    Not the best choice of words.
     
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    You politicized a death. Your intentions may be noble, but your timing is off.
     
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    How about not putting the largest mammals on the planet in ****ing swimming pools for tourists to come and gawk at?
     
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    you know they call them KILLER whales for a reason.
     
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    Sounds like a good start.

    It's criminal what we do to these magnificent creatures, honestly.
     
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    At least Great White Sharks really stick it to us by dying almost immediately when placed in a large tank.
     
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    This is such a sad story. My condolences go out to the poor woman's family.
    I really hope they do not put down the whale. The whale should either be taken out of the shows for good and left at SeaWorld, or transferred to another facility for the remainder of its life.
     
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    That's a good point and one to consider. I don't agree with killing it though. Perhaps sticking it in a tank for the remainder of his life is key, albeit sad, but you're right. And yes, this isn't the first incident for this whale. After the first they really should not have attempted to tame it.
     

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