|Anonymous: Why do people use "intelligence" as an argument for anti captivity? I think that just gives people who are ignorant about animals another reason to categorize most of them as lesser beings. Also intelligence is a controversial measurement among humans ourselves, let alone bringing entirely different species adapted for different things into this. You can argue for anti captivity without being ignorant and ableist. Who cares if an orca is 'smart'? NO animal should EVER be abused.||
I agree that no animal should ever be abused. But if you’re going to compare an orca with a goldfish, you are kidding yourself.
Some animals just have a greater capacity for things than others, this is a fact.
The intelligence of an animal denotes how difficult it may be to house said animal. An orca is a creature that is fairly complex, intelligent and self-aware. It’s cognitive abilities are quite advanced.
Comparatively, an animal with smaller needs is much easier to provide for. A person who is taking care of goldfish can keep them in appropriate housing and they will still live a happy, healthy life.
For orcas, this is virtually impossible.
Ableism is a term that is only applicable in the context of humans, I don’t think it can be applied to animals and I don’t think it should be applied to animals.