Abstract

Abstract:

When SeaWorld was founded in 1959, the effects of captivity on cetaceans were not well understood. The 2013 release of Blackfish, however, brought modern research and ethics into public light. While some animal activists may rejoice in there being no future for SeaWorld, we argue that SeaWorld has an opportunity to reform itself and the greater "animal entertainment" industry by replacing captive animal shows with virtual and artificial reality. SeaWorld has already stopped breeding orcas and has committed to ending orca shows. We argue it should now also commit to the end of other captive animal (e.g., seal) shows and we believe the proposed technological shifts could make this feasible.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2160-1267
Print ISSN
2156-5414
Pages
pp. 133-137
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-28
Open Access
No
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