Retire captive ceataceans to sea side sanctuaries.

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Marine animals belong in the ocean. 

Cetaceans are truly magnificent beings. In the wild, they live in close-knit matriarchal pods, remaining close to their family members all their lives. The bonds of love these animals share run deep. The brain of an orca is four times larger than a human brain, while the brain lobes that deal with the processing of complex emotions are also more sizeable in these animals than they are in humans. They have been evolving for millions of years, in comparison, modern humans only arrived on the scene around 200,000 years ago, so it is safe to assume that they are at least as cognitively advanced as we are … if not more so!

Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years, and some make it much longer. They swim up to 100 miles a day, and eat fresh fish. They live in pods with family members, with a maintain complex relationships with others. Additionally, there hasn't been a single report of an orca harming a human in the wild. Cetaceans like whales or dolphins in captivity are psychologically traumatized. It is scientifically proven that cetaceans have a more developed brain than humans and each pod has got its own language.

Thanks to Blackfish, much of the world is now familiar with the major issues associated with keeping the orcas in captivity. The median lifespan of orcas in captivity is only nine years. Due to their extreme stress and unnatural conditions, orcas can become aggressive, and attack and kill humans and injure others. They don't get nearly enough exercise or mental stimulation, and can suffer from dorsal fin collapse. Orcas in captivity are often kept in excruciatingly small enclosures. Some other problems that can suffer orcas in captivity are fights between the captive pod, eating unnatural diets, oral degradation, ultraviolet radiation, inbreeding, family separation, water quality, lethargy, abnormal behaviour, and emotional traumas during the captures (this last problem just appears if the orca was born in the wild), between others.

Not to mention that keeping animals in captivity doesn't have any conservation benefit. A captive animal who was born captive is just a representation of its species because it has never seen the wild and it doesn't know how to behave as in the wild, so it won't help the species to recover if its released into the wild (a thing that the industry won't do because keeping orcas in captivity nowadays is just for human entertainment). The orca is a social animal who lives in family, which means that the family (specially the mother) has to teach the young orca "how to be an orca" before growing as an adult orca. The killer whales who were captured from the wild years ago by the industry were captured at a young age, so they never learnt everything they needed to know. In part they have never grown up. And so their captive-born calves.

With every leap out of the water, our friends could see an endless ocean. Free of barriers other than where the ocean meets shore. - Helene Hesselager O'Barry. 

We all want to feel the freedom, ecstatic, joyful, and energy of an ocean full of dolphins, whales and other creatures who are living fullfilled lifes in their natural homes.



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