It would have been easy for Jenny Jinya, an illustrator from Germany who went viral for her comics “Good Boy” and “Black Cat,” to transform those two stories into their own series. She chose a different path. It’s one that’s socially responsible.
In an interview with Bored Panda, Jenny explained that she intended to capitalize on the success of her initial comics, which went viral and were translated into a variety of languages. Now, she utilizes comics to call attention to as many issues as possible, and she’s not the only one. A different animal is the subject of each of the artist’s new paintings. Like the effects of garbage on seabirds, or the vast number of parrots that are tossed every day in the United States and around the world. So, the awareness she raises is pretty impressive. Jenny has a social media following of hundreds of thousands.
She’s currently working on a comic about orcas in captivity – their awful conditions and tragic deaths. See for yourself by scrolling down to the bottom of the page.
Credit: Jenny Jinya
Orcas do not do well in captivity, according to National Geographic. Kayla, a 30-year-old orca, died in January 2019. A female orca’s life expectancy is 50 years in the wild, although some live to 80 or 90 years old. They’re still utilized as stars in amusement park shows around the world.
In the United States, experts estimate that a third of the world’s captive orcas dwell in SeaWorld’s three parks in Orlando, San Diego, and San Antonio, with the exception of just one. When Lolita was captured in 1970 off the coast of Washington State, she was confined to a pool with an open-top canopy less than twice the length of her body at the Miami Seaquarium, where she lives alone.
It’s estimated that since 1977, 70 orcas have been born in captivity around the world (not counting another 30 that perished in pregnancy or were stillborn). There are now 37 people dead, including Kayla. Very few wild-caught orcas have lived above the age of 30; however, no captive-born orcas have.
Oceanic species with a high level of social intelligence, they are genetically designed to exist in the ocean and to move and feed over long distances. A marine mammal expert at the Animal Welfare Institute, a Washington-based non-profit, warned that either wild-born or captive-bred orcas cannot survive well in captivity. Swimming 40 miles a day in the wild is not simply something that they can do, but something that they need to do in order to forage for their different meals and to exercise. Each and every day, they dive from 100 to 500 feet.
Like always, Jenny Jinya included a public service announcement
Most people are moved by comics, but image how angry and sad you would be if you spent hours and hours researching these themes and then illustrating them. That deeply affects Jenny, who says she tries to find a way to counteract it. There are several days of investigation required after an issue is completed before the next one can begin. “I also enjoy watching cute cat videos.” It’s not uncommon for us to avoid uncomfortable conversations since they drain us. We keep returning to them, however, because of Jenny. For that we should all be glad; ideally it will lead to positive change as a result as well.
This is what a few of her fans have to say about the issue: