This would have been our topic yesterday if we hadn’t had the fantastic opportunity to speak with Prof Sandel. And it hasn’t gone away as a talking point. Here’s the original post:
Hi I’m Ed, I’m an International Journalism Masters student at UCF helping produce today’s WHYS show.
A female trainer has died after being attacked by a killer whale at Sea World in Florida.
It brings up the question is it right to keep animals, particularly wild ones, in captivity for our own entertainment?
PETA, the leading animal rights organization claims there are thousands of animals being kept in cages around the world.
And it’s not just zoos and circuses; animals are being kept in all different types of environments.
Are we saving these animals from extinction?
Is it justified to keep a whale used to swimming through vast oceans in a small aquarium so that it can perform tricks for children?
This blogger h8orated grew up in San Diego, another Sea World city, and was wondering how long it would take before such an incident happenned.
There is already much online comment about the use of animals in circuses and whether it should continue in this day and age.
But in Malta the Animal Welfare Department director Mario Spiteri claims circuses are not cruel to animals.
Should animals be taken out of their natural habitat for our entertainment?