Jenny Jinya, a German student and illustrator, could have made both of her ‘Good Boy’ and ‘Black Cat’ comics into their own series once they went viral. She, on the other hand, took a different path. One with a higher social responsibility.
“I decided to use this reach after seeing how viral my initial comics went, how intensely they were discussed, and into how many languages they were translated,” Jenny told Bored Panda. She now use comics to bring attention to as many issues as possible. Each of the artist’s new pieces focuses on a different animal that has been subjected to some type of human abuse. Consider the impact of garbage on seabirds or the massive number of parrots thrown every day.
Her latest strip deals with orcas in captivity — their poor conditions and untimely deaths. Continue scrolling to check it out yourself.
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Orcas do not thrive in captivity, according to National Geographic. Kayla, for example, was only 30 years old when she died in January 2019. Female orcas live to be 50 years old in the wild, with some living to be 80 or 90 years old. However, these magnificent marine mammals are still sold as stars of amusement park shows all over the world.
Experts estimate that the United States houses a third of the world’s captive orcas, with all but one of them living in SeaWorld’s three parks in Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio. Lolita, a 54-year-old orca captured off the coast of Washington State in 1970, lives alone at the Miami Seaquarium.
70 orcas have been born in captivity around the world since 1977 (not counting another 30 that were stillborn or died in utero), according to records in two databases. 37 of them, including Kayla, are now dead. A very small number of wild-caught orcas have lived past age 30, but no captive-born orca has yet.
They are very intelligent, social creatures that are genetically built to live, migrate, and feed over great distances in the ocean. Neither wild-born nor captive-bred orcas can thrive in captivity, Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., said. They are massive and swim vast distances in the wild — 40 miles a day on average — not just because they can, but because they need to, to forage for their varied diets and to exercise. They also dive 100 to 500 feet, several times a day, every day.
Here’s what some of her followers have been saying about the issue
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