Killer whales or whale killers? SAVE THE ORCAS
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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 amusement parks is 13 years old. These parks confine 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 in the park’s largest tank to equal what they’d swim in the wild. Orcas not only have a tiny tank, but have to share this tank with 2 or more orcas. This results in 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. They are raked which is scratched by another’s teeth.
In captivity, orcas are unable to hunt and obtain water from their prey, so parks such as SeaWorld gives them gelatin which is a substance that is not natural for them, in an attempt to keep them hydrated. Tilikum, an orca held at SeaWorld weighed 12,000 lbs., alone and consumed 83 pounds of gelatin every day.
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.
Currently an orca named "Lolita" has been held captive for 48 years at the Miami Sequarium to "entertain" the public. Lolita is forced to live in a tank that is 3 times smaller than her size. Her tank is the smallest tank in South America and she has to maintain her exercise by constantly swimming in circles. Lolita's family is monitored everyday and if you help make a pledge we set a goal to reunite her with her family.
As you can see orcas are NOT fit to be in ANY “amusement parks.” Orcas are truly fit to be in the wild with their pods and their natural echolocation. You can stop this harsh punishment by signing this petition to help SAVE THE WHALES!! Tell congress to pass the ORCA ACT and end this torture.
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