How Does SeaWorld Masturbate their Stud Killer Whales? Rocker Tommy Lee Says “Cow Vaginas” And He Is Almost Right.
Tommy Lee wasn’t totally wrong when he mentioned cow vagina use for SeaWorld’s artificial insemination program. His information was simply dated. In a letter he shot off to SeaWorld on December 7th, the Motley Crüe drummer has written to the president of Florida marine theme park, SeaWorld, to complain about the way they are treating one of their Killer Whales.
In the letter, published on TMZ.com, Lee complained that the Whale, named Tilikum, “is being kept away from people and in a tank that is much too small for him”, because he is their “chief sperm bank”.
Fred Jacobs, SeaWorld’s VP of Communications fired back at Lee the following day citing “The process of collecting semen for [artificial insemination] doesn’t differ in any meaningful way from the techniques employed in managing livestock or other species for zoological display.” Mr. Jacobs adds: “Whatever his views on SeaWorld, Mr. Lee would be wise to spend more time checking his facts.”
So what are the facts? The Orca Project consulted with some former SeaWorld killer whale trainers to learn about SeaWorld’s Artificial Insemination Program (AI) and to find out just how they obtain the prized samples, or “white gold” from their orcas.
- We all know that AI is a process in which male sperm is collected and inserted into the cervix of a female human or animal, for the purpose of impregnating the female by using means other than sex. In humans, it is used as assisted reproductive technology.
Artificial insemination is widely used for livestock breeding, as used by cattle breeders. The practice of AI was developed by SeaWorld for the purpose of increasing its captive stock of Killer Whales. This has allowed the company to avoid the unpopular and illegal practice of harvesting Orcas from the wild and purchasing them from the market, from countries like Japan. It also eliminates the costly need to transport orcas between parks for the pupose of breeding.
As far as killer whales are concerned, the semen is collected from an adult male trained to voluntarily ejaculate. The male, positioned belly up and adjacent to the edge of the pool, is trained to present his penis. After collected, it allows the sperm and ova of captive killer whales to be stored by a technique known as “genome resource banking.”
In the early years of Killer Whale Artificial Insemination (AI), SeaWorld DID use cow vaginas. That said, they may very well have been artificial cow vaginas. The first mention of cow vaginas and SeaWorld’s artificial insemination program seems to come in an article titled, “The Killer In The Pool,” by Tim Zimmermann of Outside magazine: http://outsideonline.com/outside/culture/201007/killer-whale-behavior-trainer-death-seaworld.html
“Early in the morning, the animal-care crew would take hot-water-filled cow vaginas and masturbate the males in the back tanks,” says John Hall, a former scientist at SeaWorld. “It was pretty interesting to walk by.”
“It was rustic, latex gloves and KY Jelly, as I recall. The animals already know how to roll over. It’s a basic requirement for accessing their tails and genital slits, and other husbandry. It’s a well rewarded behavior, and the whales are usually cooperative in rolling over. Once they are “over”, the initial approximations involve manually stimulating the genital area (applying pressure around the slit where the penis “lives”). When I was there, sometimes other whales were brought into the pool to stimulate the whale undergoing the AI session. Interestingly, it was usually another male orca. If a bulge, and later an erection occur, this is rewarded with food and manual stimulation. The whale eventually figures out you’re stimulating it in an erotic way. Through many many sessions, the male is eventually stimulated to ejaculate. The ejaculate is stored in a bag or Nalgene plastic bottle.”
SeaWorld states “a critical component of a successful breeding program is maintaining genetic variability.”
1. His known and documented aggression towards humans – which has led to the deaths of 3 people over 20 years.
2. The number of stillborns and short-lived progeny compared to his surviving offspring.
3. Two breeding moms died while giving birth to Tilikum’s calves in very similar circumstances.
4. The lack of genetic diversity in SeaWorld whales if the company continues on this path with Tilikum and Tilikum’s progeny as its main breeding animals.
It is highly irresponsible to continue breeding Tilikum despite these known facts. No reputable breeding program in any other animal industry – beef cattle, dairy cattle, race horses, dogs, cats. etc. – would continue to use an animal as their main breeder considering this information.