Petitioning Office of the Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and 6 others

Release Canada's only captive orca, Kiska, to an appropriate facility.


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 six. 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.

 

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.

Letter to
Office of the Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne
OSPCA Executive Offices
Chief OSPCA Inspector Connie Mallory
and 4 others
OSPCA Inspector Steven Toy
Minister of the Attorney General Hon. Madeline Meilleur
Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Hon. Yasir Naqvi
Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne
I am contacting you today on behalf of Canada's only captive orca, Kiska.

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 at this facility and all of them have died untimely deaths. The eldest of her calves, Athena, living to the measly age of six. Kiska "lives" alone in a barren concrete tank and her physical and mental well being is of great concern to me.

In the wild, female orca can live between 60-80 years of age. In captivity, orca rarely live beyond their 20's. These animals have such incredible family structures, far more complex than that of a human being. Males tend to stay with their families until their dying day with their parents, siblings and grandparents. Each pod (family) has their own very unique way of communicating with one another through a series of `clicks and whistles'. Kiska, however, cannot communicate with any whale. She cannot even see another whale where she is situated. As you can imagine this is devastating to an orca. This would be devastating for any living, breathing being, but for an orca, this is especially bothersome.

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/

Ontario Captive Animal Watch (OCAW) have also been visiting Kiska and have witnessed her physical and emotional health rapidly declining. She appears to not be aware of her surroundings, exhibiting very bizarre swim patterns and repetative ones (much like you would see a tiger pacing a worn out path in a zoo). She also has no teeth to speak of. They have been worn down to her gums due to stress and boredom, otherwise known as `zoochosis. http://www.ontariocaptiveanimalwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kiskas-teeth.jpg

Images have surfaced showing her dorsal fin collapsing (very rare in a female captive orca) and it appears to be mangled. Her dorsal seems to be rotting away. Soon, there will be nothing left of it if she is not helped. http://www.ontariocaptiveanimalwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kiskas-Dorsal.jpg

After a visit to the facility 7/27/2014 OCAW documented a depression behind Kiska's blowhole. They spoke with former-SeaWorld trainer, Dr. Jeffrey Ventre, and he noted the following, "When orcas lose weight, and are approaching death, they get what's called a "peanut head," due to the depression behind the blowhole". This is incredibly concerning to me. OCAW also spoke with Dr. Naomi Rose and she also confirmed the following, "As for the depression behind her blowhole, that is definitely "peanut-head" - and yes, it is caused by weight loss. She is underweight". There is video of Kiska getting her teeth irrigated on youtube along with images of her "peanut head" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioO4_n1FS7g

I feel that Marineland is in violation of the OSPCA Act Standards Of Care and I am asking WHY Kiska is not receiving help from the OSPCA and government when it is clear that she is being kept contrary to existing Provincial legislation. I feel that without an immediate removal to another captive facility, which can better facilitate her, she will die alone, in a concrete tank. I 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.

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.)

3- Every animal must be provided with the care necessary for its general welfare (keeping a female orca in a tank)

6- Every animal must be provided with adequate and appropriate (a) space to allow the animal to move naturally and to exercise (orca can swim up to 100 of miles a day.....Kiska however swims in repeated circles rimming the edge of a concrete tank.) (b) sanitary conditions (on several occasions OCAW 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.

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.
(Kiska lives alone. IT IS UN HEARD OF to keep a killer whale alone and in fact, she is the only captive orca in the world who is residing entirely alone and our government is allowing it. WHY?)

I am asking that the OSPCA enforce their very own Standards of Care for ALL ANIMALS and do what is obviously best for Kiska. OCAW & other concerned citizens and groups are willing to work with them to raise the funds to move Kiska but time is of some concern as her health is rapidly declining.