"Several days prior to the August 16 raid, a couple of Family friends came to the ranch in a blue Camaro to warn Manson about the impending arrest. Among them was a daughter of a law-enforcement officer, and she supposedly had inside information, but Charlie scoffed at the data."
— Pg 263, The Family by Ed Sanders
"Charlie goes and gets all the girls—in the middle of the night—and we all go to sleep and we don’t know, but he does. Because just before he drops off to sleep he says ‘Oh, we’re being raided in the morning.’ And he conks out. Gypsy remembers, and she just layed up all night thinking about it. And then, at six o’clock in the morning—over two mountains—they came. There was 200 of them."
— Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, 1972
Trigger warning for animal abuse. Some links contain photos.
- The older orcas that were captured in the wild were not taken because they were injured, or unable to live on their own. In fact only healthy young orcas were captured, and delivered to seaquariums and places like SeaWorld. [x]
- Because of this, the orca populations in the Puget Sound are are endangered. The population was depressed and altered because of the loss of so many orcas. [x]
- After being captured, the orcas were forced to live in captivity. None of the tanks or aquariums orcas are being kept in are healthy. These animals were taken from the ocean, where they swam up to 100 miles per day, and dived to depths of 200 feet. In captivity, they are kept in chlorinated tanks. It would be like taking a human being and forcing them to live in one large room, full of chemically treated air, often with no light. [x]
- The U.S. MMPA (marine mammal protection act) was enacted in 1972, in order to stop orca captivity. In fact, SeaWorld has an informational page on conservation of killer whales. They neglected to mention the abuse the orcas suffer in SeaWorld captivity. [x]
- Orcas are not meant to be in captivity. I’m sure you’ve heard stories of whale trainers being injured, and even killed by killer whales in SeaWorld. This is a direct result of the abuse they go through. There are no documented attacks on humans in the wild. [x]
- We do not have the capabilities to comfortably keep orcas in captivity. They are extremely intelligent, social creatures, and when confined to dark, chemically treated tanks, akin to the size of a bathtub for us, they suffer mentally and physically.
- Orcas in the wild live to be 50 (male) to 80 (female) years old. In captivity, they rarely survive longer than 6 years. [x] [x]
- Recently, a young dolphin beached itself at SeaWorld. It was visibly distressed, and unable to get back into the water. Other dolphins attempted to help it back into the pool, but were unable. SeaWorld staff and trainers assured that it was normal and perfectly fine, despite the obvious distress the animals were in. Crowds at SeaWorld were furious when the trainers refused to help. When it became apparent that the young dolphin was unable to get itself back into the water, two trainers finally pushed it back in. [x]
- SeaWorld trainers swim with dolphins, and in some parks allow guests to interact with them as well. This is traumatic for the dolphins, stressing them out to the point of interfering with their feeding and breeding. Also, dolphins are extremely social and intelligent creatures, like orcas. Dolphins in captivity are separated from their pods, causing mental distress and harm. [x]
SeaWorld is not safe, it is not humane, and it never has the animals’ best interest at heart. It is a business meant to make a profit, at the expense of abused animals and potential risk to SeaWorld employees. Orca trainers especially are in danger when interacting with the whales. These whales have been abused in captivity for so long that they are not healthy emotionally, and often lash out aggressively. When one of their trainers was killed by Tillikum, SeaWorld insisted that she would have wanted whale shows to continue. SeaWorld is a disgusting example of animal cruelty and by supporting it, you are supporting animal cruelty and dangerous working environments.