white vegans comparing animal farming to slavery
just say you value broiler chickens more than black people
u don’t have to front
Yeah, please think hard about real people before bringing up slavery or the holocaust when talking about animal agriculture ffs.
Regardless of what people compare factory farming too, it’s still wrong and incredibly abusive. Not to mention damaging our environment. There’s nothing natural about it.
I wore this t-shirt out to a bar, and this is what happened…
Every year, I spend the Fourth of July with my family on a lake in Minnesota, and every year, my family and friends make t-shirts for the trip. This year, each person made a t-shirt for someone else. The phrases on the shirts were kept secret until “the big reveal.”
My t-shirt had the following written on the front:
"Ask Me About Blackfish."
While the shirt is obviously meant as a joke (who gets asked about Blackfish more than me?), I first thought, “I am not going to wear this!” This was my vacation, and the last thing I wanted was to get bombarded by extremists. Then I thought, “who cares?!” If someone really wants to talk about it, I am happy to do so! So, I put on the shirt and went to a restaurant & bar.
I spent about 6 hours out that night. I would venture to say around 20 people actually asked me about my shirt, and what they asked was surprising! 19 out of the 20 people asked, “What’s Blackfish?” I answered with, “It’s just a movie.” Then they would respond with variations of: “Oh. I’ve never heard of it.”
There is no dispute that #Blackfish has made an impact on society. However, as animal lovers, we live in a world where Blackfish is “bigger” than it actually is. To the rest of the world, Blackfish doesn’t even exist! I was shocked to find such a small amount of people familiar with the film.
If you’re wondering about that one person who actually knew what the movie is… That person approached me and asked, “Ugh. Are you one of those crazy people?” I replied, “What do you mean?” They explained, “Are you one of those people who thinks SeaWorld should be shut down?” I laughed and said, “No, I used to be a killer whale trainer!” That brought a smile to their face, responding: “That’s awesome!”
My friends were not shy about sharing my previous career with people that night. Every single person who found out I used to be a marine mammal trainer said they loved it and loved SeaWorld! Some even told me about a time they swam with dolphins or saw a sea lion at a zoo or aquarium, and all of them shared how much it inspired them!
There’s an abundance of people who live in a “Blackfish free” world and love the work zoos and aquariums do, and that made me question what we’re doing as fellow animal lovers.
We’ve given Blackfish enough attention. Of course, the “Blackfish discussion” will always exist — to some extent. I mean, this post is about Blackfish! However, my warning to everyone in the animal world is to not let your stance on Blackfish/SeaWorld define you. Let your actions define you.
If you have been inspired by the movie and wish to help animals in need, I urge you to find a cause worth fighting! “Saving” the killer whales at SeaWorld is like “saving” dogs who live in the mansions of Beverly Hills. While you are busy tweeting about Shamu, there are zoos and aquariums who *do not* properly care for their animals. They go unnoticed because people haven’t done their research.
If you are an aspiring animal care taker, stop trying to disprove Blackfish. It’s been disproven time and time again. Every time you focus on Blackfish, it steals focus from your career or on the animals who actually need help.
And if you are a working animal care professional, focus on caring for the animals and stop wasting your energy being upset about Blackfish! You have one of the most important jobs in the world! Don’t lose sight of that!
Animosity toward #SeaWorld can easily be outshined by our collective love for the animals who need us!