Ask Sea World to release their Orcas and dolphins to ocean sanctuaries
  • Petitioning Mr. Hamilton James

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President, The Blackstone Group
Mr. Hamilton James
President and CEO, The Sea World
Mr. JIm Atchison
President, Sea World, San Diego
Mr. John T. Reilly

Ask Sea World to release their Orcas and dolphins to ocean sanctuaries

    1. Madhumathy Sugavanam
    2. Petition by

      Madhumathy Sugavanam

      San Diego, United States

All cetaceans (Whales, dolphins and porpoises) have highly developed social skills, self-awareness very similar to that of a human.  The pod has a very close and strong emotional ties to each other as humans do. The pod structure varies in different species but all whales and dolphins work together in taking care of their young and sick. The emotional ties are so strong that members of a pod will follow a stranded whale's distress call and strand themselves also.  We have proof of that in so many instances of beached whales all over the world.

It is because of the close similarities cetaceans exhibit with the humans that makes it so much harder to bear the atrocities committed against them.    Cetaceans are intelligent, sentient beings and should NOT be confined to small concrete tanks for lifetime.  If Sea World really and truly cares for these animals, as it professes, it should set them all free, back to the oceans where they belong. It is really a sorry state of affairs that human beings still rely on animals for their amusement in this modern era!

 There is absolutely nothing educational about seeing captive, starved Cetaceans forced to perform tricks for the sake of food!  Everyone should read 'Rekindling the Waters- the truth about swimming with dolphins' by Leah Lemieux, then they would know EXACTLY how these animals feel, stuck in small tanks. People will then understand the horror and the unnecessary tragedy that a whole pod of dolphins go through just so that a few of their family can land up in Sea World or Oceanariums around the world for public entertainment!  The rest of the pod just perish.

As long as there is a demand for these whales and dolphins by Sea World and other Oceanariums, then there WILL be people around the world trying to make a easy buck.  The public who go to see the dolphin and whale shows and Sea World which puts on these shows, are silently endorsing the killing of pods and pods of dolphins.  It is a lucrative business for dolphin and whale catchers. These are people with no ethics, who have no compunction about subjecting these innocent, intelligent, defenseless creatures to horrifying ordeal of capture. Who cares how many die and suffer as long as they harvest a few to sell?

     If Sea World wants to educate the public about Cetaceans they should make a 3D  show about these animals, just like they have a 3D show about Sesame Street characters, instead of having live shows.  

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    1. Ex-trainers say Sea World must evolve now...

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer

      https://www.thedodo.com/community/BlackfishTeam/blackfish-team-exclusive-ex-tr-703129935.html?utm_source=The+Dodo+Newsletter&utm_campaign=caf9bfc342-9_4_2014_NL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4342b46fc5-caf9bfc342-119683281

      Instead do spending millions on expansion of existing tanks, the money would be better spent on creating ocean sanctuaries and retire the oldest of their Cetacean performers. Then and only then, Sea World would be considered an animal conservationist in the real sense. Such an action would turn the tide of the public opinion to a more favorable one.

      Blackfish Cast Exclusive: Ex-Trainers Say SeaWorld Must Evolve Now.

      SeaWorld finally acknowledged "The Blackfish Effect" on August 13th, 2014, when the reporting of weak park attendance and distorted projections caused an abrupt decline in the value of their stock. In an effort to stave off proposed California legislation banning captive breeding and to shore up diminishing attendance and plummeting stock prices, SeaWorld recently announced plans to expand their killer whale tanks.

    2. Sea World Stock plunges yet again to a newer low!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      SeaWorld Stock Plunges As Blackfish Backlash Takes Hold

      First the consumers spoke out against SeaWorld, and now Wall Street is speaking. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (SEAS)'s stock took a dive Wednesday, in response to the company's announcement of low second-quarter earnings. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had estimated that SeaWorld's earnings would amount to 59 cents per share in the second quarter, but the company fell short, reporting 43 cents a share instead.

    3. True story behind Sea World's acquisition of Tilikum.

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      TiliLeaks: Exclusive Documents Reveal SeaWorld's Careless History With Tilikum

      Thanks to persistent dolphin advocate Russ Rector That yielded a total of 1,057 pages of documents (NMFS withheld 27 pages of inter- and intra-agency documents regarding Tilikum's permit, as well as a single page related to law enforcement.)

    4. More proof as to how and why SW cares for its animals! More revenue!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer

      https://www.thedodo.com/seaworld-fedex-ed-two-polar-be-597925849.html

      Not orcas this time but this goes to prove, yet again, that SW is all about making profit at the expense of the animals it holds prisoners! If, they could only direct all the expenditure in breeding the polar bears or orcas, in creating ocean sanctuary where they could retire the oldest of their performers, SW could change their image in the eyes of the world drastically. Then, they would be looked upon as the true conservationists and not the exploiters of animals! It is all in their hands if they want to change the public opinion of SW.

      SeaWorld FedEx-ed Two Polar Bears 2,000 Miles Just To Impregnate Them And Sell More Tickets

      After being sent to Pittsburgh for a five-months, two female polar bears are headed on an arduous cross-country trip again, back to their original enclosure at SeaWorld San Diego, and there's a high probability those polar bears are now pregnant.

    5. More proof that Orcas can be rehabilitated and released back to sea.

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      Why One Wild Orca And Her Baby Are Making SeaWorld Look REALLY Bad

      In January 2002, when she was just a calf, a killer whale named Springer was discovered emaciated and alone by a ferry dock in Puget Sound near Seattle. It was later determined that her mother must have died, leaving the orphaned orca to fend for herself at an age when most calves are still reliant upon their parent.

    6. How long can Sea World hide behind the lies it tells the public?

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      SeaWorld Slammed For Twisting Orca Expert's Research

      Renowned orca scientist Dr. Ingrid Visser has requested that SeaWorld address its own use of distorted orca whale statistics that originally came from a paper she published in 1998. The study, which looked at a phenomenon called "dorsal fin collapse" (when an orca's dorsal curves sharply to one side...

    7. Sea World sees a decline in visitors and in revenue!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer

      https://www.thedodo.com/seaworld-attendance-plummets-1-550282829.html

      By doing the right thing - creating ocean sanctuary and releasing the Cetaceans, Sea World can still reinvent itself, it is not too late. By setting the Cetaceans free Sea World's action would be honored and THAT. could attract more visitors rather than turning them away. The world is waiting..........

      SeaWorld Attendance Plummets As The "Blackfish" Effect Takes Its Toll

      SeaWorld announced its Quarter 1 earnings on Wednesday, reporting a 13 percent drop in attendance -- a notable dip in the wake of the controversy stirred by the documentary "Blackfish" and the park's captive orcas. The company also reported that its revenue fell 11 percent year-over-year to $212.3 m...

    8. Reached 20,000 signatures
    9. Another fact to disprove Sea World's claims that orcas have short life span

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      World's Oldest Orca (She's 103!) Spotted Along Canadian Coast

      Despite being a 103-year-old great-grandma, the orca named J2 -- or, more affectionately, Granny -- is in great shape. In little over a week, Granny and her pod have traveled 800 miles.This weekend, Granny was spied swimming off the coast of Canada, after a trek up from northern California. The cent...

    10. How many more such hidden facts are out there Sea World!?

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      The Life -- And Death -- Of Splash, Another Disturbed SeaWorld Orca

      A 2005 story in the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the untimely death of one of SeaWorld's star orcas, Splash, who the marine park described as "a favorite" with animal-care staff and as an orca "who bonded the best with the trainers." The article described the 15-year-old as "one of the park's si...

    11. Sea World's image and claim to care for their captive orcas gets tarnished!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      SeaWorld Gave Nursing Orca Valium, Against Accepted Vet Guidelines

      Following disturbing details about a SeaWorld court case that revealed the park gave orcas psychoactive drugs to reduce stress induced by captivity, new information has shown that the case may have involved a administering diazepam on a nursing female whale.The incident in question involved a calf, ...

    12. SW's image continues to get tarnished with new revelations.

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      SeaWorld Admits To Giving Orcas Anti-Anxiety Drugs

      Trainers at SeaWorld have been documented administering psychoactive drugs to some of their marine mammals, according to new documents obtained by Buzzfeed. The website obtained an affidavit filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in a dispute between the SeaWorld and Marineland over the tran...

    13. Plans and laws to release captive Orcas to ocean sanctuaries.

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      The Monumental Plans That Could Set Captive Orcas Free

      By Tim ZimmermannAs concern, protests -- even proposed legislation -- continue to grow in opposition to keeping cetaceans like killer whales and dolphins in captivity, only one solution continues to be raised: Sea pens. A wildlife refuge in the ocean, a pen would let these cetaceans either ease thei...

    14. The group Heart changed their heart from concert at SW to concert for Orcas

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      Cancelled SeaWorld Band, Heart, Plans Benefit Concert For Orca Freedom

      The band Heart, which was one of nine to cancel shows at SeaWorld this year in protest of keeping orca whales in captivity, is now headlining a benefit concert. The concert, planned to take place in Seattle, will raise awareness and support for wild orca conservation and research."With all the recen...

    15. EU wants to end Cetacean captivity!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      EU Dolphinaria-free zone

      21 March 2014 - 11:12am This week, WDC joined other leading whale and dolphin experts from around the world to attend a high profile EU-oriented public event in Brussels. The event called upon European citizens, Euro-Parliamentarians and Member States' Governments to end captive dolphin shows and interactive sessions which exploit the animals and compromise their welfare.

    16. Reached 17,500 signatures
    17. Richard Bloom fights to end captivity for orcas at Sea World!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer

      We certainly need more people like Richard Bloom, who has the power to make such an on cetacean lives at Sea World. Concerned people applaud Richard Bloom for taking such a strong stand to right the wrong for the orcas. Such animals certainly do not belong in the entertainment industry.

      http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/03/06/seaworlds-worst-nightmare-calif-lawmaker-propose-ban-orcas-captivity?cmpid=tpdaily-eml-2014-03-07

      SeaWorld's Worst Nightmare: Calif. Lawmaker to Propose Ban on Orcas in Captivity

      If passed, the bill would be the most comprehensive protection law for captive orcas in the United States in more than 40 years.

    18. Cetaceans could be released and rehabilitated in the wild!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      Can captive whales or dolphins be returned to the wild?

      26 February 2014 - 2:16pm In 1993, Warner Bros released Free Willy, the tale of a captive orca and his 12-year-old human friend. The popular film ended with Willy's dramatic return to the ocean, even if he did have to jump a sea wall to get there.

    19. Dolphin bites a child's hand at Sea World!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/02/28/dolphin-bites-childs-hand-seaworld?cmpid=tpanimals-eml-2014-03-01-taiji

      How many "incidents" does Sea World before it takes positive action to ensure the safety for the trainers, visitors as well as the captive animals in their care? Sea World could and should show their concern for the welfare of their animals by building an ocean sanctuary and releasing some of their oldest of performers to their freedom, for a taste of life in the ocean before they die!

      Dolphin Bites Child's Hand at SeaWorld

      Yet another reason why dolphins do not belong held captive in marine mammal parks.

    20. Morgan's case proves that SW caring for its animals....just a facade!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      The Next Blackfish? Dutch Court Controls Orca's Fate

      It's not often that judges and courts decide the fate of a wild killer whale -- and it's always a slightly discomfiting intersection of man and nature when they do. But within the next couple weeks and as soon as Monday, a Dutch High Court will issue its decision on the future of Morgan, the lost an...

    21. PETA becomes a stock holder in Sea World to crusade for the captive Orcas!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer
      PETA Asks SeaWorld To Build Killer Whale Sanctuary For Orcas | Global Animal

      (SEAWORLD/PETA) On Wednesday, February 5, PETA reported SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is attempting to block a vote proposed by the animal rights group. PETA is asking SeaWorld to create a sanctuary for their whales to be rehabilitated and comfortably retired, and where visitors can see the animals in their natural habitats.

    22. Sea World rents out its dolphins as photo props!

      Madhumathy Sugavanam
      Petition Organizer

      https://www.thedodo.com/seaworlds-discovery-cove-pimps-430252226.html

      How can Sea World still claim that it's captive Cetaceans are used for 'educational purpose'?

      SeaWorld's Discovery Cove Rents Dolphins Out As Photo Props

      A marine park in the Philippines has drawn ire online after an image was posted to its Facebook page showing a couple posing with a dolphin that had apparently been used to assist in a wedding proposal. Ocean Adventure park has since removed the photo of the dolphin with the words "Will you marry me...

    23. Reached 15,000 signatures

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    • Valiena Sanders PALM SPRINGS, CA
      • about 4 hours ago

      Seaworld is a horrible company animals need to be in the wild.

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    • Jasmine Lewis RICHMOND, VA
      • 1 day ago

      These whales don't belong in enclosure's. It's said that innocent people have lost there lives training and working with them for our entertainment. Sea World has not saw it fit to close and release these Whales back to the natural habitat for money it is utterly atrocious to me that these love ones people daughter, son, husbands and wives must die. So that they can live In big house and drive really nice cars. There are no blessings ahead for this decision. I will pray for all that have purposely taken apart in these activities know that this is not right.

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    • Asakala Geraghty LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 2 days ago

      its so obvious this should be illegal

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    • lucia sicius MIAMI, FL
      • 2 days ago

      Marine animals are a vital part of our environment, their habitat should not become a tank where they are captive and unable to live their regular lives. Orcas and dolphins should be free just like we are.

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    • Joey Kemper AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
      • 3 days ago

      Because its just so sad people are using these whales for there own entertainment. Its just wrong, they have feelings to! The video that the baby was taken away from her mother was just heartbreaking... This has to stop!!

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