Orcas are wildly intelligent creatures who don’t belong in captivity, anywhere. But the city hosting the Winter Olympics still plans to put two on display during the festivities.
For wild orcas, who are incredibly sensitive and intelligent, captivity is a terrible thing. These creatures have often been torn from their family groups and stuffed, terrified, into tanks that must seem incredibly claustrophobic when compared to the freedom of the open ocean.
The capture and display of orcas causes immense suffering to the whales, and poses a risk to human life — some animals become psychotic with the stress and attack their trainers. It is not something that should be associated with an event as positive as the Olympics.