Dr. Lisa Ampleman
10 October 2013
Killer Whales: Rhetorical Analysis of a Blog
Throughout the history of cetacean captivity, two orcas have been labeled as murderers. In the winter of 2009, at the park known as Loro Parque, an orca named Keto killed his trainer, Alexis Martinez. Exactly two months later, in Sea World Orlando, an orca known as Tilikum killed his trainer as well. Tilikum had previously been involved in the deaths of both another trainer and a park visitor. Those that do not support cetacean captivity jumped at this news, and the controversy of cetacean captivity had come out of the darkness. Several websites and blogs have been dedicated to this cause. The Orca Project, for example, expresses the negative effects on the health and safety of captive orcas. It explains that, contrary to popular belief generated by theme parks such as SeaWorld, cetacean study has progressed no further and life expectancy and health has inclined no more. Wild cetacean studies have benefitted the scientific world and the world of the orcas in numerous ways, all the while without compromising the health of the orcas, as captivity has. The blog known as The Orca Project, specifically the entry, "Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity,” relates to the reader using logos, ethos, pathos, and a style which focuses on unspecified scientific statements. Through this, students with a curiosity towards animal rights are able to read and understand, as well as relate to the subject of cetacean captivity. Throughout the passage, evidence of the logos method is both present and abundant. The blog entry analyzed uses important dates in the history of cetacean captivity to support the argument against such captivity. On Christmas Eve, 2009, trainer Alexis Martinez was killed by a male captive bred orca named Keto, who was on loan from Sea World to a facility called Loro Parque, in the Canary Islands, Spain. Two months later, on 24...
Cited: The Orca Project. “Keto and Tilikum Express the Stress of Orca Captivity.” The Orca Project. Web. 5 September, 2013.
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