Kiska is a female orca (killer whale) who was captured from Iceland roughly 40 years ago and has resided at Marineland, Canada in Niagara Falls Ontario ever since. She has birthed five calves there and all of them have died untimely deaths. The eldest of her calves, Athena living to the age of almost 5 yrs old. Kiska "lives" alone in a concrete tank and her physical and mental well being is of great concern to us as we are witnessing her physical and mental health deteriorate rapidly.
Dr. Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist has had the opportunity to meet Kiska. She has said that `Kiska is the worlds loneliest orca,`and for good reason: http://finsandfluke.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/kiska-the-worlds-loneliest-killer-whale-a-qa-with-dr-naomi-rose/
We feel that Marineland is in violation of the OSPCA Act Standards Of Care and we are asking WHY Kiska is not receiving help from the OSPCA and our government. We feel that without an immediate removal to another captive facility which can better facilitate her, she will die alone, in a concrete tank. We would like to also understand why Kiska has to endure such physical and emotional pain when it is obviously not humane and in fact, criminal. Perhaps her only crime was being born a whale......below are sections of the OSPCA Act we feel Marineland is in violation of and again, we would like to know WHY there has not been any action taken to have this animal removed from her life threatening situation.
We are asking she be immediately transferred to an appropriate facility such as another marine park where she can be with other orca and receive expert medical care. This has also been recommended for Kiska from Dr. Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist.
OSPCA STANDARDS OF CARE
2. (2)- Every animal must be provided with adequate and appropriate medical attention (Kiska has no teeth and her dorsal fin will soon be non existent if not removed. How long must she endure these health issues until she receives adequate and appropriate care?)
3- Every animal must be provided with the care necessary for its general welfare (keeping a female orca in a tank, alone is simply criminal)
6- Every animal must be provided with adequate and appropriate
(a) space to allow the animal to move naturally and to exercise (orcas naturally swim 100's of miles per day.....Kiska however swims in repeated circles rimming the edge of a concrete tank. Hardly "natural")
(b) sanitary conditions (on several occasions we have noticed plastic floating in her tank, filthy bottoms, murky dirty water)
STANDARDS OF CARE FOR CAPTIVE WILDLIFE
2- Wildlife kept in captivity must be provided with a daily routine that facilitates and stimulates natural movement and behaviour. (again, sadly not the case for Kiska)
3- Wildlife kept in captivity MUST BE KEPT IN COMPATIBLE SOCIAL GROUPS to ensure the general welfare of the individual animals and of the group and to ensure that each animal in the group is not at risk of injury or undue stress from dominant animals of the same or a different species.
(Again, KISKA LIVES ALONE. Horrible fate for an orca or any being for that matter. Also, Ontario, Canada is the only place in the world who is allowing a killer whale to be kept in complete solitude)
We are asking that the OSPCA and government enforce their very own Standards of Care for ALL ANIMALS and do what is obviously best for Kiska. We are willing to work with them to raise the funds to move Kiska but time is of concern as her health is rapidly declining. We have these standards for a reason. Why are they not being enforced? Again, we are willing to work with you. We could also arrange for an independant panel of experts to come assess Kiska to determine what her state is and what they would best reccomend for her.
For more information, please see petition letter below.