I know some of you have seen it, most of you have heard about it, some of you are nervous to watch it. I was that nervous one. As a gigantic animal lover, I can't handle things like this. I cried when I watched the trailer, I lost my shit when I watched Food Inc., and I scroll fast past animal abuse pictures that pop up on my facebook. I can't deal. I lose it.
Last night I finally swallowed my nerves and I watched Blackfish. Now, if you haven't heard of this movie, it is basically a look at the truth behind Sea World. And that truth is pure evil. I tweeted some of my reactions last night as I watched it...
omg they took her baby and she was in the corner of the pool SHAKING AND SCREAMING. :( :( :( #blackfish
YOU CUT THEM OPEN, AND PUT ROCKS IN THEM SO THEY WOULD SINK!? #blackfish I can't. 😭
I WANNA BURN SEAWORLD TO THE GROUND!!! (but save the animals first) Fuck you @SeaWorld !!!! #Blackfish
The abuse, and the secrets, and the lies... HOW DOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS STAY OPEN?! High five to every single whale that ever attacked one of those people. I don't care how much you sit there in this movie and say you love them, and how sorry you are now... YOU DIDN'T STOP IT! You deserve for them to attack you. They were warning you, begging you "LET ME OUT!"
I have never been to Sea World, but I have wanted to. That is no longer an option, I will NEVER buy a ticket that pays into this abuse. FUCK SEA WORLD. And after all this, if you buy a ticket, knowing this is happening, you are no better than them and you should be highly ashamed of yourself.
And ya know what, the Zoo is no different. And I LOVE going to the zoo. I fed a giraffe on my birthday this year at the zoo!! But seeing how they capture these Orca's and how they treat them, why should I think capturing zoo animals is any different? I'm so distraught by this I can't even think straight.
You know what's awesome though? These posts by Rachel from With Love, Rachel. She went to Africa and she got to spend time with some of the world's most amazing and beautiful animals. Lions, Cheetahs, Elephants.... And she got to do it in THEIR HOME, where THEY ARE HAPPY AND COMFORTABLE.
Rachel is one of my favorite bloggers, because she really lets us into her world. She loves to travel, hike and climb mountains, share recipes, and of course she loves animals! But I wanted us to see just a little bit more into her world, so I asked her a few questions and had her share some of her favorite posts.
1. Why did you start blogging?. I started blogging as a project that I was assigning my English 101 students, where we all kept weekly blogs to keep up on writing outside of the classroom. I don't assign that project any more, but I like the way that it forced me to keep writing and to be creative, so I started up again and haven't stopped.
2.What is your blogging goal? My goal would be to build an engaged audience who I can connect with. I love how blogging brings people together, and I want to create content that is interesting and useful for people.
3. You recently went to Africa and got to hang out with some of the coolest animals ever! What was your favorite part of that trip? Ooh, tough one! While seeing so many animals up close was AMAZING, I think that the time we spent visiting orphanages and a children's hospital were more life-changing. It really wakes you up to the blessings that we have here, and also shows you just how complex the situation can be in developing countries.
4. Tell us two random facts about yourself. I cannot whistle. I have been trying all of my life, and it just doesn't happen. I could also eat pizza every day, for every meal, and be happy. The Ninja Turtles were on to something there, and the diet clearly worked out well for them.
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