Watch the movie Blackfish (available on Netflix and on youtube, for a pay). The documentary describes the heart wrenching tale of what a corporation (Seaworld) has done to orcas in captivity. It goes on to document how both employees and visitors are mislead into thinking that they are doing a great service for the animals.
Orcas are highly socially-evolved creatures that live in close-knit families in the wild. A particularly moving portion of the film shows how Tilikum, the infamous killer whale at the Shamu show in Orlando seaworld park, was captured several decades ago. The graphic images and actual video of the hunt overlaid with the words of Howard Garrett, an orca researcher, resembles an eerie war scene. Deadly and brutal force was unleashed in the sea to capture a helpless baby orca! The hunt ended with a captured baby orca and two dead ones. Here are the word of Howard Garrett:
They had aircrafts, they had spotters, they had speedboats, they had bombs they were throwing in the water. They were lighting their bombs with acetylene torches in their boats and throwing them as fast as they could to herd the whales into coves.
But the orcas have been caught before and and they knew what was going on.. and they knew their young ones would be taken from them. So adults without young went east into a cul-de-sac and the boats followed them thinking that they were all going that way. While the mothers with the babies went north. But the capture teams had aircraft. And they have to come up for air eventually. And when they did, the capture teams alerted the boats and said “oh, no, they’re going north.. the ones with babies.” So the boats.. the speed boats caught them there and herded them in.
And they caught the young Tilikum while all the other orcas from the herd were circling around him and crying, quite literally.
The event shows how these highly intelligent creatures tried to save their babies from being captured by the most deadly predators on the planet. The film goes on to show the human brutality and hardships faced by orcas in captivity.
Orcas, popularly known as killer whales, are in fact neither whales nor killers. They belong to the dolphin family and do not ever hunt human beings in the wild. They are highly social creatures with strong family bonding.
By the way, this is not just the story of orcas but that of every wild animal in human captivity. Every single wild animal in captivity will have a similar story to tell. It is just that people are not willing to look beyond the facade. The message is that slavery is still alive, kicking and accepted by society at large.