Shouka, the killer whale, needs a companion
  • Petitioned USDA APHIS Western Division

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USDA APHIS Western Division

Shouka, the killer whale, needs a companion

    1. Wendy Brunot
    2. Petition by

      Wendy Brunot

      Sacramento, CA

August 2012


Thank you to everyone who signed this petition and supported Shouka. Shouka was moved from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom at 12:45am and transported to SeaWorld in San Diego, CA. She arrived at the park safely this morning and will soon be introduced to the other whales. This will be the first time in 10 years Shouka has seen another orca and hopefully will be a good outcome for Shouka.

Section 3.109 of the Animal Welfare Act states that marine mammals, whenever known to be primarily social in the wild, must be housed in their primary enclosure with at least one compatible animal of the same or biologically related species. For over 9 months, Shouka, the killer whale living at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA has been alone without the companionship of another compatible animal. Merlin and Cupid, the two male bottlenose dolphins Shouka was housed with for many years were moved to another area of the park leaving Shouka alone.

Killer whales are one of the most social beings on this planet. They form tightly knit family groups whom with they live out their entire lives with. It is cruel, inhumane and against the law for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to not provide a companion for Shouka and it is the duty of APHIS to enforce the Animal Welfare Act.

Shouka was born in captivity at Marineland in Antibes, France in 1993. For the first 9 years of her life, she lived with both her parents, other orcas and her siblings. In 2002, Shouka was importing to the U.S. under the care of Six Flags World of Adventure in Ohio. The intention of Six Flags was to import a wild caught male orca named Kshamenk who resides at Mundo Marino in Argentina. Due to the actions of several non-profit organizations and the law of Argentina, Kshamenk's import was denied by the Argentine government.

For the last 10 years, Shouka's companions have been a few bottlenose dolphins. Her companion of 7 years, Merlin, a male bottlenose dolphin was removed from her enclosure and placed in another area of the park with other bottlenose dolphins. Shouka has been alone since November 2011.

If Six Flags cannot properly care for Shouka and abide by the law, Shouka should not be in their possession and should be returned to her family in France.

Recent signatures


    1. Shouka has been moved to SeaWorld San Diego

      Wendy Brunot
      Petition Organizer

      On August 20, 2012 at 12:45am Shouka was transported from Six Flags to SeaWorld San Diego. She has arrived there safely and is to be introduced to the other whales.

    2. Reached 7,000 signatures
    3. Six Flags is appealing APHIS's inspection report

      Wendy Brunot
      Petition Organizer

      On June 30th, APHIS noted in their inspection report that Six Flags is in violation of the Animal Welfare Act for housing Shouka alone. Six Flags is appealing the inspection stating they are "addressing" the issue. I wish there was more to update but we will continue to reach out to everyone we can to help Shouka.

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. USDA APHIS to respond by the end of this week

      Wendy Brunot
      Petition Organizer

      The USDA APHIS responded to me today to let me know that I will have a response from them by the end of the week regarding my Freedom of Information Act. In order to find out the status of my complaint of Shouka's isolation, I was required to file an FOIA request. Hoping to get some information as to what is going on with Shouka and the continued violation of the Animal Welfare Act.

      Thank you to everyone for your continued support

    6. Reached 2,500 signatures
    7. Thank You

      Wendy Brunot
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed this petition for Shouka. The local newspaper and news station have picked up the story and more coverage is getting out there for Shouka. Without you all, this couldn't have happened!

    8. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • ellise edwards STOCKTON, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      she needs a companion but not at sea world

    • Anja Biezeman ANGEREN, NETHERLANDS
      • about 2 years ago



      “Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realize that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life.

      From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the universe.”

      (Albert Schweitzer)

      “The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes” (Dalai Lama)

      "The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance and is an outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality."

      "Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to living creatures cannot be a good man."

      (Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher /1788 - 1860)

      Well, what reasonable excuse could you still have, after having read this???

    • Laura Oh RIVER EDGE, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      Animal cruelty must be stopped and these animals deserve to have a better life. Animals are like humans, we should not be captured, but are made to be free.

    • Linda Anderson SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      The reason is obvious. So many wrongs need righted, where do you begin. Send the whale back to her family.

    • Sarah Thomas MCB, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      This is cruel, heartbreaking & wrong on so many levels....


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