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Orcas at Sea World

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One of the big news of the last couple of days is Sea World’s news release saying the end of orcas in Sea World is near. The promise is that no more breeding will take place at Sea World and that no new whales will be caught from the wild to be presented at any of Sea World’s parks. Additionally, orcas shows will be “phased out”, as CEO Joe Manby from Sea World promised.

The pressure on Sea World has increased dramatically since the release of the movie “Blackfish” to stop all orca programs and to release all captive orcas back into the wild.

Joe Manby states that setting the orcas free who have lived all or most of their lives in captivity would most certainly lead to their deaths since they would not know how to survive in the wild.

It is to be hoped that Sea World will stick to all their promises and commit themselves to rescue missions instead of animal captivity.

You can read more here:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0317-manby-sea-world-orca-breeding-20160317-story.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/seaworld-end-breeding-program-orca-whales-n540646

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The Last Orcas with a Life Sentence?

Lolita still in captivity. Photo: Walter Michot

Lolita still in captivity. Photo: Walter Michot

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for a future generation of orcas: Sea World may no longer breed orcas in San Diego.

“The California Coastal Commission voted to approve SeaWorld’s plan for a new orca prison, but only after a commissioner proposed a key amendment: no more breeding. This significant change would ultimately end captivity for long-suffering orcas in California. SeaWorld was furious and left the chamber in a huff.

SeaWorld was forced to admit that it intended to breed even more orcas to fill the new tanks and that it would not support a ban on breeding. All but one of the commissioners voted to require a breeding ban anyway! This action ensures that the 11 orcas currently at SeaWorld San Diego will be the LAST orcas to be condemned to a nonlife of loneliness, deprivation, and misery at the marine park if SeaWorld proceeds with its Blue World Project.”

Please never visit Sea World or other aquariums that cater to amusing people with animals imprisoned for life.

You can read more about the commission’s decision here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/08/us/seaworld-orca-tank-expansion-plan-hearing/

http://www.peta.org/blog/no-breeding-allowed/?utm_campaign=100915%20Blue%20World%20Victory%20Update&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund fights for Lolita

 

Since the movie Blackfish brought the plight of dolphins, whales and other creatures of the ocean visually into the limelight, it hopefully is foreseeable in the near future that all confined beings will be either released or given the space and care they need to lead a good life.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has taken up the fight for Lolita:

“The Miami Seaquarium is in the business of breaking laws. For decades the Seaquarium has confined Lolita, a wild born orca, in conditions that violate the Animal Welfare Act. Lolita is confined to an undersized concrete prison where she is denied shade and the companionship of other orcas. ALDF has sued in response to these conditions. 

The Seaquarium has also been violating the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act — the law that protects employees from deadly workplace hazards — by requiring trainers to swim with and even ride Lolita like a surfboard as she performs tricks in her tiny tank. ALDF included exclusive video evidence of this ongoing occupational hazard in a complaint sent to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This complaint renews the request ALDF made first in November, asking OSHA to investigate this blatant violation.”

“Orcas belong in the wild, not in entertainment.”

The Animal League Defense Fund ask you to please take action:

Take action to have the law enforced! Contact your federal members of Congress and request that they urge OSHA to enforce the law against Miami Seaquarium.”

You can learn more at

http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5154/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=16281

 

And you can read more about Lolita and her plight at

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/01/3907229/killer-whale-activists-try-again.html

http://hope4lolita.com

 

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