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To: Establishments holding killer whales’ captive

From: Nghia Dinh
Date: April 19, 2016

Subject: Release killer whales from captivity

PURPOSE

I am writing this paper to persuade each and every establishment holding a killer whale in
captivity enough with my proposal that you will release these poor creatures. Killer whales are
marine mammals that belong in a vast sea with plenty of space to live their lives without the
sense of being confined in a small area where living is difficult. There have been several cases in
which killer whales have actually taken lives of trainers. There are also cases that have many
evidence to support that killer whales will attack one another, and they are suffering from
psychological diseases that result in physical complications. I am suggesting that we release
killer whales from captivity so they can have the ability to live their lives to their full potential,
and put the greed and yearn for large profits away.

Commentary On the Purpose: I am speaking to all the establishments that hold these killer
whales. I am trying to open this up to a new perspective because usually they are seeing large
profits, and then greed can usually mask their ethical behavior. If enough people can come
together and help these big corporations understand that they are harming these animals, and that
what they are benefiting from is not worth it, then there will be progress made.

To: Establishments holding killer whales’ captive
From: Nghia Dinh
Date: April 19, 2016

Subject: Release killer whales from captivity

Problems of Holding Killer Whales in Captivity

According to Whale and Dolphin Conversation, there is a total number of fifty-six killer whales
today held in captivity. Twenty-three of those killer whales were taken away from their home in
the wild, and forced to live in a tank that is equivalent to a human living in a bath tub. This can
evidently be seen as an environmental shock to the killer whales.

The killer whales that are forced to live in this small tank must adapt to this new environment
which can be very tough. This increases aggressive behavior, depression, and sometimes the
trainers have to sedate the killer whales with chemicals.

Not only are these killer whales suffering from psychological wear and tear, this contributes to
their physical health. On average, male killer whales will live up to around 50-60 years, and 8090 years for a female maximum. In captivity, 92% of these killer whales did not make it past the
25-year mark! A total of 163 orcas have died in captivity since 1961. This is a treacherous
number that can be found very sad.
Commentary on the description of the problem: In this section, I cut into deeper details about
the issues that come along with killer whales that are evident to even everyday people. I wanted

To: Establishments holding killer whales’ captive
From: Nghia Dinh
Date: April 19, 2016

Subject: Release killer whales from captivity
to throw out facts that they could not ignore, and compare the numbers and try to justify that
these lives that are taking away is worth less than the revenue they are receiving.

Solution to the Problem

I propose that these killer whales be released from captivity and back into the wild. Although I
do see that can be seen as an issue to people who are clearly for qualified and knowledgeable
about marine biology.

Through thorough research, there have been many alternatives proposed to ensure that the killer
whales being released back into the wild will not be subject to another culture shock to where
they have relied on food being handed to them their whole life, and then be forced to hunt and
survive. They can be placed in a reserved area to where they will slowly adapt to the lifestyle of
a killer whale in the wild, and then once they can sustain their life and be able to survive, they
can be released.

That way the killer whales can still experience a large area of water and interact with other killer
whales without feeling confined.

To: Establishments holding killer whales’ captive
From: Nghia Dinh
Date: April 19, 2016

Subject: Release killer whales from captivity
Commentary on the solution: My main goal with this solution is to find the most effective way
to release killer whales without causing more harm than good. I found the weakness in my
proposal, and covered it up with a better solution that would make the proposal more difficult to
reject.

Costs

The main costs cannot be determined until this action is put into play, and a complete resolution
has been agreed upon. The costs that will be most important is putting away the greed, and be
willing to reduce the revenue that is being received each year from putting these killer whales in
harmful environments.

Commentary on costs: In this section, this is a very difficult topic to discuss because there are
so many variables that can come into play here, but the main thing is that what we are proposing
cannot be placed on a price tag because the solution would be priceless because we are allowing
these majestic animals to live their life.

Conclusion

To: Establishments holding killer whales’ captive
From: Nghia Dinh
Date: April 19, 2016

Subject: Release killer whales from captivity
I believe that releasing these killer whales from captivity would be extremely beneficial to the
lives of the killer whales, and I hope that these large establishments can see that as well. They
will increase the life span and overall lifestyle of the killer whales. Alternative ways of
entertaining the public and also educating the public about killer whales can be implemented.

Thank you in advance, and I hope you consider this proposition to improve the lives of these
animals!

Commentary on Conclusion: My conclusion restates and summarizes my proposal. I buffer my
proposition, and lastly try my best to persuade the company to accept this proposal, and see that
they will be doing more than just releasing killer whales and losing money.