Свободу Тилли и всем животным в цирках

МЕЛЬБУРН. В прошлом месяце, в парке развлечений Sea World («Морской мир») во Флориде, кит схватил тренера, Диану Бранчо, потянул под воду и там стал ее терзать. К тому времени, когда прибыли спасатели, Бранчо была мертва.

Смерть тренера ‑ трагедия, и можно только посочувствовать ее семье. Но инцидент охватывает более широкий круг вопросов: было ли нападение преднамеренным? Были ли действия кита, касатки по имени Тиликум и по кличке Тилли, вызваны стрессом, возникшим от содержания ее в качестве пленницы в стерильном бетонном резервуаре? Может быть, она устала от того, что ее заставляли выступать для развлечения толпы? Допустимо ли содержать таких больших животных в строгом заключении?

Тилли участвовала в двух предыдущих смертельных случаях. В одном случае тренер упал в бассейн, и Тилли вместе с двумя другими китами утопила его. В другом случае, человек, который зашел на территорию ночью, когда «Морской мир» был закрыт, был найден мертвым в бассейне с Тилли. Вскрытие показало след укуса. Один из детенышей Тилли, проданный луна-парку в Испании, также убил тренера, аналогичные случаи с касатками происходили и в других парках.

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