Anti-Captivity Movement

Scholarship Entrant: devon from Arlington, Texas
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for devon: 36

Imagine living in a bathtub from the moment you were born to the moment you die, where your only “entertainment” or activity would be performing tricks for people who paid to come see you. The odd situation you are imagining is the harsh reality that all captive orca whales and dolphins at Sea World have to suffer through. This year I discovered I have an intense passion for orca whales in captivity after watching the documentary “Blackfish.” After I graduate from high school, I plan on moving to San Diego, California and attending Mira Costa Community College and then transferring to University of California at San Diego to study Marine Biology. I will then pursue a career in whale research and species preservation near Puget Sound, Washington to study orca whales and observe them in their natural habitat. I am very passionate about preventing Sea World and any other marine amusement parks around the world from using orcas in their shows, due to the physical, psychological, and emotional damage it causes. My dream is to be able to speak to and educate large audiences about the dangers of captivity to not only animals but trainers as well. This would change the world by teaching people that these brilliant creatures absolutely do not belong in captivity, and that subjecting animals to a life in the entertainment industry is quite cruel.

Vote for devon: 36

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