Every year, students attend field trips and after-school programs to SeaWorld, a corporation that argues that it has educated over 9 million students on the values of conservation, a corporation that claims that keeping intelligent beings in a concrete box for entertainment is educational, a corporation that boasts of its rescue programs and efforts in protecting marine life but has been fined multiple times for polluting Mission Bay.
SeaWorld's assertion on the ever-important values of conservation and education is a hypocritical one. The company is largely responsible for the decline of the Southern Resident killer whale population due to horrific captures in the 70s. SeaWorld fails to take responsibility for this atrocity, and even misleads readers on its website, claiming that the cause of the endangered population's decline is unknown and that its research helps to figure this out. Furthermore, there is no education in the park about many important issues, such the massacring of dolphins across the globe: in Peru for shark bait, in the Solomon Islands, in the Faroe Islands, in the Amazon, and the most infamous in Taiji, Japan. Although they no longer take dolphins from the cove, SeaWorld has done absolutely nothing to end the slaughter when it, being a well-known theme park, could use its voice to call for aquariums to stop buying dolphins from Taiji. In fact, Dr. John Hall, a former Sea World biologist, states that Sea World representatives secretly promoted the Japanese dolphin drives in order to provide their parks with replacement animals before it was outlawed in the early 90s.