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Tell SeaWorld to stop being hypocrites and end all orca shows!

I'm a freshman in high school who cares a lot about animals, and that's why I think it's so cruel for SeaWorld to force orcas to perform tricks in captivity.  My friends and family know SeaWorld's recent announcement to end orca shows is just a big public relations stunt, but it bums me out knowing that so many other people believe all the propaganda fed to them by SeaWorld. Please sign my petition asking SeaWorld to end orca shows in all their parks!SeaWorld is ending their orca shows in San Diego only and has no plans to take those animals out of cruel captivity. SeaWorld will also hypocritically continue orca shows in San Antonio and Orlando! SeaWorld keeps orcas in an unnatural environment, surrounded by concrete walls, confined to a tiny space when they should be swimming miles and miles in the open ocean. They are separated from their family, left lonely or with other orcas that are strangers, are fed dead fish, forced to perform stupid tricks while loud music is blasting and become sickly, bored and depressed. I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty miserable to me!Just recently, SeaWorld announced an end to orca shows in San Diego because they are going with “a conservation theme in a more natural setting.” If they admit this is a more natural way to treat amazing animals, that means they also know the shows are not about conservation and not natural! They are caught up in their own hypocrisy where money rules over common sense. Last year, I convinced my school to cancel plans to visit SeaWorld because kids like me are against animal cruelty. More and more people are becoming educated and understand the reality of captivity for profit so I know the fight against SeaWorld is getting stronger. I've been to protests against the Taiji dolphin capture and slaughter, too, because these types of shows from SeaWorld send the world the wrong message that it's ok to capture and abuse wild animals for the entertainment industry.I am positive SeaWorld will come around as the Ringling Bros circus did when they decided to take the elephants out of the circus. The fact that SeaWorld is a much larger company with shareholders to answer to means public pressure and financial pressure are that much more important to stop these orca shows at all SeaWorld parks.Please sign my petition telling SeaWorld to stop orca shows at all their parks. Orcas are intelligent, magnificent animals, and they are not here for our entertainment.

Phoebe Goldstein
62,253 supporters
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Stop your orca breeding program

In 1993, Gudrun, a female killer whale at SeaWorld, gave birth to her fourth calf, Nyar, who had a birth defect. Gudrun immediately rejected her, but despite these complications, she was quickly bred again, and the results were even more devastating --  she was not able to pass her miscarried fetus and it was pulled from her, resulting in a severe hemorrhage that she died from four days later.   For the past 30 years, most breeding done at SeaWorld has been through artificial insemination. The procedure is often performed on animals who are too young, or too soon following a prior pregnancy. This often results in mothers not knowing how to properly care for their calves, or the death of the pregnant mother and/or calf.   It is time for SeaWorld to stop endangering these magnificent creatures and treating them like “orca mills.” Join me in asking SeaWorld to stop their orca breeding program. In another tragic example in their breeding program, Taima, another of Gudrun’s offspring, died from a prolapsed uterus while giving birth to her fourth calf at age 20. Typically, killer whales don’t begin breeding until around age 12-15. Taima had her first calf at 8 years old. SeaWorld has shown just how little they care for their killer whales. And they are currently expanding their reach, with a new, larger habitat in their Florida facility and plans for new parks in the Middle East, Asia and Russia! With all these new parks in the works, they are sure to ramp up their breeding program, unless we take a stand.   Public opinion has shifted in recent years against keeping killer whales in captivity, as more people learn about how smart these animals are, how advanced their social structure is, and how dangerous they can be in captivity. We can no longer sit in the stands at marine parks and clap at tricks when we know these animals are suffering. Killer whale captivity will not end until the breeding program ends. It is time to retire the current collection and phase out killer whale captivity. Please sign my petition and help bring an end to this cruel practice.

Ocean Advocate News
11,950 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

Congress: Pass U.S. bill against the capturing of orcas and other cetaceans

On October 24th, 2018, Canada finally passed the S-203 bill which outlaws the capturing of whales and dolphins, and placing them into captivity. Happy to hear this news, I researched the action that the US is taking with this unheeded issue, and it did not come as a surprise to me when I essentially found nothing beyond outdated petitions and articles only discussing the status of the matter. However, according to Michigan State University’s animal law info base, it was said in 2010 that, “There are currently no laws in the US prohibiting the housing of orca whales in captivity; rather laws that specifically allow for the capture of wild orcas for purposes of entertainment and scientific research. The United States relies instead on maintaining its captive whale population through breeding programs of whales already living in captivity. While there is no law prohibiting the display of orcas, there are laws that govern those facilities that house them.” We need to guarantee the protection of these animals, rather than valuing the immoral cooperations that house them. The primary laws governing the facilities housing orca whales are the Animal Welfare Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which only serve to ensure a permit and regulations of the animal and its “environment”. Yet there are still no laws in place to ban the cruel capturing and imprisonment of orcas and other cetaceans in the United States. Since 1961, SeaWorld has taken in over 156 orcas into captivity, and of those 156 whales, 129 of them have died in the span of 58 years. In the wild, however, orcas have a life expectancy of about 50 to 90 years old, while most of these SeaWorld orcas only live to see about 15 or 25 years old, if that. As of right now, SeaWorld continues to hold over 21 orcas in their three parks in the United States, and while each of the parks have said to discontinue the orca performances, these animals are still being held in concrete tanks each day for hours at a time, driving them to the point of insanity. Though over the last few years, SeaWorld have responded to the backlash of their controversial reputation, they have only made minuscule improvements in a problem that is larger than they know. If the capturing of cetaceans continues, the species will only become more endangered and the orca population, as we know it, will ultimately cease to exist. It is time to finally free these innocent and beautiful animals.

Kylie Anderson
8,867 supporters
Petitioning World Wildlife Fund, United Nations, International Animal Rescue, Animal Planet, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, FedEx, Sarah Seidel, Donald J. Trump

End Shark Finning

Shark finning should be illegal Worldwide since itis the act of removing fins from sharks and discarding the rest of the shark. The sharks are often still alive when discarded, but without their fins.Unable to swim effectively, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and die of suffocation or are eaten by other predators. Shark finning at sea enables fishing vessels to increase profitability and increase the number of sharks harvested, as they only have to store and transport the fins, by far the most profitable part of the shark; the shark meat is bulky to transport.Some countries have banned this practice and require the whole shark to be brought back to port before removing the fins. This shows an act of cruelty. Recent studies show that nearly 73 million sharks are killed every year for their fins. Sadly shark tend to grow slowly and reach maturity at a larger size and an older age. But they have low reproductive rates. This then makes them vulnerable to overfishing methods such as shark finning. Some species of sharks have dropped as much as 80% over the last 50 years. Consequently since sharks are apex predators and have extensive implications for marine systems an processes, particularly coral reefs. A report by WildAid on global threats to sharks further explains the importance of these animals. And without them their will be a down fall in the ocean’s ecosystem. Here are some name of the sharks species that are facing extinction: Requiem sharksHammerhead sharksBasking sharkMackerel sharksWhale shark                                            Basking shark Great white sharkWhale shark                                        Scalloped hammerhead Great hammerhead shark Smooth hammerheadPorbeagle Oceanic whitetip shark Your signature from the internet might help us save our ocean’s ecosystem and evade unnecessary extinction.

Teshome Shenkut
3,246 supporters
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Let the orcas be, let the orcas free!

We are a Year 6 class from Bushey Heath Primary school and we want a ban on keeping orcas in captivity for entertainment purposes. These are the reason why: Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum lifespan is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to over 100 for females. The average age of death for orcas who have died at SeaWorld is 13 years old. In the wild, despite centuries of sharing the ocean, there has been only a single reliable report of an orca harming a human being. Because of the stress involved in being deprived of everything that is natural and important to orcas in captivity, orcas have attacked and killed three humans just since 1991 and many others have been injured. All captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, likely because they have no space in which to swim freely and are fed an unnatural diet of thawed dead fish. SeaWorld claims that this condition is common—however, in the wild, it rarely ever happens and is a sign of an injured or unhealthy orca. SeaWorld confines orcas, who could swim up to 100 miles a day in the wild, to tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. They would need to swim 1,208 laps (around the perimeter of the tank) or 3,105 lengths (back and forth at the longest part of the tank) in the park’s largest tank to equal what they’d swim in the wild. Orcas who are not compatible are forced to live in tight quarters together. The resulting anxiety and tension cause fights between orcas. In the wild, orcas have strong social bonds that may last for life, their social rules prohibit serious violence against each other, and when fights do occur, they can find space to flee. In captivity, there’s nowhere for them to go, which leads to injuries and death. Orcas in captivity gnaw at iron bars and concrete from stress, anxiety, and boredom, sometimes breaking their teeth and resulting in painful dental drilling without anesthesia. Orcas are highly social animals who live in stable social groups ranging from two to 15 individuals. In some populations, children stay with their mothers for life. In captivity, orcas are forced to live with orcas from other family units who speak a completely different language than they do and are constantly moved between facilities for breeding and to perform. Details from: http://www.seaworldofhurt.com/features/8-reasons-orcas-dont-belong-seaworld/ 

Vanessa McClure
1,721 supporters