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It’s no secret to any animal lover that SeaWorld is a place of abuse and neglect. After shocking allegations of a trainer striking a dolphin in the face surfaced on the 14th May 2013, one can’t help but question what else goes on behind the scenes.
33 year old Robyn paid the park a visit last year with her children. She had commented on what she thought was high quality care between the trainers and cetaceans. All of that changed upon viewing the dolphin show.
“We were pretty high up and the dolphins had gone to the back part of the stage and were being fed fish”, the mother from Utah says. “I was so heartbroken to see that one of the dolphins that made a mistake during the show was struck by the trainer and denied fish.”
SeaWorld’s most loyal fans, or ‘groupies’ as they are commonly known, were quick to defend their favourite park. “All the animals at SeaWorld are trained using positive reinforcement so if the animal does something wrong, they don’t get fish”, one person said as they overlooked the accusations of physical abuse.
“They give them pats and rubs as reinforcement.”, another person commented. But Robyn was adamant about what she saw.
“The dolphin was struck with enough force that he cowered and moved away from the trainer. The strike was to the side of his face, not like a pat on the back!”, she retorted to the people defending the strike.
SeaWorld’s followers were still readily defending the controversial park. “If you were so concerned about the dolphin being struck in the head, why didn’t you say something right then and there? Why wait until this year to speak up?”, a regular visitor asked.
“I did tell the people that were by the tank. Of course they just waved us off like it was nothing. We left right then”, she says. “I also told the people at Guest Services”.
Upon being asked if she had considered going to the press, Robyn had this to say. “I don’t know the name of the trainer that did it, they refused to give me that information so I could report him to superiors.”
“The trainer hit the dolphin on the side of the face. The dolphin only did one bit of the trick wrong, the dolphin should still have gotten a treat”, the animal lover pointed out.
After her horrifying experience, Robyn is quoted as saying “I will not be taking my children back. I told them I would let all our friends and family members know of our experience.”
Written by Mary Nesbitt-Larking
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An investigation into one of Australia’s largest chicken meat producers has revealed routine and shocking animal abuse. Every year in Australia 435 million chickens endure brutally short and cruel lives inside factory farms. Animals Australia’s investigation video shows baby birds suffering from heart disease, lameness, thirst, starvation and trampling inside a shed packed with over 40,000 birds.
Aussies hate animal cruelty, which is why the big chicken meat companies are trying to hide the suffering they are causing by using confusing labels like ‘cage free’ and ‘free to roam’. Don’t be duped — cages are never used in broiler facilities! The reality is that nearly all chicken meat sold by major brands comes from cruel factory farms.
Please help to shine a light on the hidden cruelty of chicken farming by exploring this page, and taking action for chickens.
Me, Ludvig and Jerina yesterday.
What he lacks in height he makes up with an irrefutable confidence, and ears.
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