Help Free Kshamenk

Help Free Kshamenk

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Annie Jung started this petition to Andrés Domínguez (Minister of Agriculture,Livestock and Fisheries) and

We ask the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of ARGENTINA, JUAN CABANDIÉ

At Mundo Marino Aquarium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, lives a captive orca named Kshamenk. He is believed to be about 26 years old and has been in captivity since he was five. Kshamenk will swim more than 500 turns per hour in his tiny pool that is dirty and horrifyingly small. He is the only captive orca in South America. Kshamenk needs our help in order to convince the aquarium that the only decision they can take is to return Kshamenk to the wild.
Kshamenk’s capture story is different according to who tells it.
He was captured in 1992, and was approximately five years old. He was hunting with other members of his pod along the coast of Buenos Aires province.
Here is where the story changes according to who is telling it:
According to the captors at Mundo Marino, Kshamenk and the other orcas were stranded in a muddy inlet in the Samborombon Bay. As the tide went down, the animals couldn’t return to deeper waters. A mission to “help” the orcas was organized. Of the whole group only Kshamenk survived the horrendous capture and has remained in captivity ever since.
The other side of this story goes like this — the orcas were hunting off the coast of Buenos Aires province but were intentionally stranded by being driven near the shore with huge nets and were drawn by the tide into muddy shallow waters where they were trapped. This wasn’t the first time Mundo Marino had used this tactic to obtain orcas for their marine park, they had already captured a female orca called Belen and also a larger orca called Milagro, who was the first specimen of orca in the aquarium.
Recently, Kshamenk and Belen were the only two remaining orcas in the aquarium. But when Belen died, after giving birth to a stillborn baby fathered by Kshamenk and apparently being pregnant again at the time of her death, Kshamenk started behaving more and more aggressively, and currently suffers incredibly high levels of stress and frustration due to his isolation and confinement. Experts suspect that his health is decaying.
Aquarium Address:
Av. Decima n°157 – San Clemente del Tuyu
Buenos Aires – ARGENTINA
Phone (54-02252) 43-0300 and 43-0304
Fax: (54-02252) 42-1501


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