Animals are suffering. Shut down the Morro Bay Aquarium

    1. Kim Dreher
    2. Petition by

      Kim Dreher

      Los Angeles, CA

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June 2013

Victory

From Kim Dreher: The city council members voted 3-2 to send out the requests for proposals and will require any future marine mammal centers to be accredited. This is a major step towards closing down the aquarium and getting the seals and sea lions the care they deserve.

Imagine being forced to live your entire life in a bathtub.

For over 50 years, the Morro Bay Aquarium has kept seals and sea lions in tiny, barren cages.

Dubbed "Seal Guantanamo" and frequently referred to as the worst aquarium in the nation, the Morro Bay Aquarium was cited for 22 violations of the Animal Welfare Act between April 2009 and August 2010.

Harbor seals in captivity generally live to be 25 years old, but the seals who die at Morro Bay Aquarium average just 6.73 years.

The aquarium space is leased from the Morro Bay Harbor Department, and the lease is up for renewal soon. There is a meeting on June 25, so we urgently need your help! Now is the time to fight the lease renewal, so the seals and sea lion can be relocated to a much better environment.

Please sign this petition to tell the City of Morro Bay that you will not be visiting Morro Bay as long as the aquarium is in operation.

To:
I was dismayed when I learned of the conditions at the Morro Bay Aquarium. I'm writing to ask that you please do NOT renew the Morro Bay Aquariums' lease, but that you instead allow others to submit proposals for the space. Until the seals and sea lions are relocated to a humane environment, I will not visit Morro Bay.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Article about the city council decision

      Kim Dreher
      Petition Organizer
      Bay will consider new proposals for aquarium | News | New Times San Luis Obispo, CA

      The following article was posted on June 26th, 2013, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 48 [ Submit a Story ] The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 48 Bay will consider new proposals for aquarium BY COLIN RIGLEY With increased attention on the future of the Morro Bay Aquarium, a majority of the Morro Bay City Council voted to begin accepting new proposals for facility redesigns and upgrades.

    2. Victory!!!

      Kim Dreher
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who signed and shared the petition. Your voice made a difference! The city council members voted 3-2 to send out the requests for proposals, which means that it's very unlikely that the current aquarium owners will get another lease. This is a major step toward getting the seals and sea lions the care they deserve.

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
    4. TOMORROW: Call-in/Fax-in

      Kim Dreher
      Petition Organizer

      Make your voice heard: https://www.facebook.com/events/484824844925832/. Please speak up for the seals and sea lion.

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. Thank you!!!

      Kim Dreher
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to everyone who chipped in to help promote this campaign to a wider audience. We appreciate the support and are getting closer and closer to our goal!

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    7. Reached 2,500 signatures
    8. Humane Society President publicly condemns the Morro Bay Aquarium

      Kim Dreher
      Petition Organizer

      The Humane Society of the United States released a statement Wednesday asking the city of Morro Bay not to renew the Morro Bay Aquarium’s lease. Please share widely and voice your support of this statement here: life.http://calcoastnews.com/2013/06/humane-society-wants-morro-bay-aquarium-shut-down/

      Humane Society wants Morro Bay Aquarium shut down

      June 13, 2013 The Humane Society of the United States released a statement Wednesday asking the city of Morro Bay not to renew the Morro Bay Aquarium's lease. The run down aquarium is the home to sea lions, otters and other marine animals.

    9. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Stephanie Sproul OAJI, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      We as a nation need to reevaluate our moral responsibility to our world and everything in it. We as Homosapians act as if we own this earth and everything in it. We don't appreciate the beauty around us. We are only concerned with monetary values and how to achieve more. In this process we are destroying our environment and every other creature in it. We have forgotten that all life has a right to live.

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    • Gail Blank FRESNO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I have been there but will never go again. These are living beings kept in deplorable conditions.

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    • Dixie Patterson MORRO BAY, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      The animals welfare SHOULD come first. This aquarium is a blemish on the city of Morro Bay NOT pride of the town. This establishment needs serious CPR. I recommend closing it down. The owners can create a diorama showing the flora, fauna and animals of Morro Bay (NO live animals) and model their facility after the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay.

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    • Bobbi Gilman SANTA MARIA, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is a cruel way to treat animals. Please relocate the animals and close this facility.

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    • Angel Casillo BATON ROUGE, LA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is important to me because animals deserve to be treated better. They are living creatures that can feel just like we can, and need to have living conditions that don't harm their health!

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