By now, nearly the entire world has heard about the insanely honest documentary called Blackfish that debuted on Netflix in 2013.
The documentary examines the animal captivity industry that, sadly for many animals, flourishes today. While I believe some animals aren't exactly hindered by captivity, I also believe an increasing number are being hurt daily by such barriers. For example, in this documentary, the focus is put on killer whales.
Constantly, science is churning out new research regarding many of the animals we think we knew everything about. One day we find out monkeys use tools like us and the next day we find out dolphins can teach each other new concepts. There's always a new, amazing discovery. It's truly awe-inspiring that all these creatures have developed so many useful traits to help them thrive. Sure, humans can probably do more than all of the other animals, but does that mean that we have a right to ensure other animals never get a chance to do the same? No, I don't mean we should encourage lions to rise up and fight against us for territory or that chimpanzees should test on us instead.