As most of us have figured out, it is best not to take the bait of those who try to draw us into endless battles which have already been settled by facts and evidence.
The same can be said for the so-called "evolution versus creationism" debate or, back in the 1960s and 70s, the "debate" over the health effects of tobacco smoke manufactured by the cigarette industry to confuse the public.
We can now add SeaWorld's arguments to the long list of failed crusades currently being kept on artificial life support.
SeaWorld wants to convince the public that the question of whether the orcas at their marine circuses are thriving is a matter of legitimate debate and differences of opinion. But the issue has, in fact, been settled. We now have the science that tells us unequivocally that orcas cannot thrive, or even survive for very long, at SeaWorld.
Here are a few findings from the scientific literature:
Annual mortality rates for orcas are 2.5 times higher in captivity than in the wild.
Most captive orcas die by the early 20's (wild orcas can live to 60 to 90 years old).