In the United States it is illegal for an orca to be in a marinepark without a companion. Shouka, a 19-year-old female orca has been without a companion for over 6 months. Another female orca, 34-year-old Kiska is in the same situation in Ontario, Canada. Her companion was taken away from her by Sea World over a custody battle in fall 2011. Both orcas would be suitable companions for each other and putting them together would solve both their isolation problems. This petition is to get Marineland France to transfer the loan agreement for over to Marineland Canada, where Shouka will have a companion of her own kind and more room to swim than her back tanks at Six Flags. This will also give Kiska a companion. Orcas are VERY social creatures, even in captivity and hate being alone. Both these orcas can (if not already) suffer from health problems due to being isolated, such as stress, ulcers, depression and can even lead to death. There is no way for these two orcas to be released into the wild, but at least let them have each other for companionship.
Dear Marineland Canada and Six Flags, Vallejo
We understand you both have isolated orcas, Shouka and Kiska. Both orcas have been alone for over 6 months now.
We also understand that orcas are social creatures and need companionship, even in captivity. It is to our belief, that these two orcas should be brought together.
We believe Shouka should be moved from Vallejo to Marineland in Canada, where she will not only have a companion of her own kind, but be in a tank built for housing multiple orcas in a comfortable setting. Marineland of Canada could loan off Belugas to Six Flags to replace Shouka, so the park will not loose revenue, as we understand Shouka is Discovery Kingdom's star attraction, but aside from that, the welfare and mental well being of both these orcas is far more important than social status of either or park.
It is illegal in the U.S for Shouka to be without a companion, and since it has taken far too long for her to find a suitable companion, we believe its time to send her to a facility where she can have the social structure she needs. We feel Marineland Canada is the best option as it is not too far away for travel and she would only have to be introduce to one other orca, which would be a lot less stressful than having to fly all the way back to France and be re-introduce to her family again. Also, again this would also help Kiska as well.
Please take this proposition into consideration for the health of your orcas, and set aside the corporate ideals for the sanity of these two beautiful creatures