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, selected a different path. One with a higher social responsibility.
“I wanted to use this reach when I saw how viral my first 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. Jenny’s social media sites have hundreds of thousands of followers, so the amount of awareness she raises is truly remarkable.
Her most recent strip is about orcas in captivity, their awful living conditions, and their tragic deaths. Continue reading to see it for yourself.
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Orcas do not thrive in captivity, according to National Geographic. For example, an orca called Kayla died in January 2019 at the age of 30. 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 in the waters off Washington State in 1970, lives alone at the Miami Seaquarium in a pool with an open-top roof less than twice her body length.
According to records in two databases, 70 orcas have been born in captivity around the world since 1977 (not counting another 30 that were stillborn or died in gestation). Kayla is one of the 37 who has died. Only a few wild-caught orcas have lived to be 30 years old, but no captive-born orcas have.
They are highly intelligent, gregarious organisms that have evolved to survive, move, and feed over long distances in the ocean. Orcas, both wild-born and captive-bred, cannot flourish in captivity, according to Naomi Rose, a marine mammal expert at the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, D.C. They’re gigantic, and they swim vast distances in the wild — on average, 40 miles per day — not just because they can, but because they have to, in order to scavenge for their varied diets and exercise. They also dive 100 to 500 feet on a daily basis, numerous times a day.
Like always, Jenny Jinya included a public service announcement
If you read all of Jenny’s comics (which you should), you’ll see that her storytelling is improving all the time; the amount of tension and unpredictability she builds with only a few frames is incredible. “I believe this is a combination of practise and research,” the modest illustrator remarked. “Writing little screenplays, sketching comic pages, moving panels back and forth – it’s all part of the learning process for me.” But there’s still a lot I want to learn.”
Most people become emotional while reading comic books, but image how angry and sad one can become after researching these themes and then spending hours upon hours depicting everything. Jenny explained, “It truly gets to the mind and hurts,” and that she tries to balance it out. “I have to take a few days off when a comic is finished before I can research a new issue.” “Or I watch videos of attractive cats.” We often avoid uncomfortable conversations because they fatigue us. Jenny, on the other hand, constantly drawing us back to them. And we should all be thankful for it; ideally, it will lead to positive change as well.