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Initiate The Return of Captive Orcas, Dolphins and Sharks To Open Sea Pens
  • Petitioning Sea World and Sea Life Centres

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Dolphinaria and Aquariums
Sea World and Sea Life Centres

Initiate The Return of Captive Orcas, Dolphins and Sharks To Open Sea Pens

    1. Petition by

      Lucy Mac

      uk, United Kingdom

In 1986, two biologists were commissioned by the UK's Department for the Environment (now DEFRA) to undertake a lengthy review of Dolphinaria around the UK. The report resulted in various recommendations for the keeping of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) which included minimum dimensions of the enclosures they were to be kept in. Since none of the aquariums could afford to expand their containment facilities, all were gone by 1993 - save for various SeaLife Centres which have since emerged containing tiger and grey nurse sharks, amongst other species. In the US, it appears no such rules are enforced as aggressively. There is the case of Orca Lolita, enslaved within a pen at Miami Seaquarium just 20 feet deep. Morgan, originally rescued in the Wadden Sea off the coast of the Netherlands due to ill-health and was retained in captivity on agreement she would never be displayed to the public. She now resides in a show pool at Loro Parque, Tenerife. British dolphins once resident at Flamingoland, UK, are now kept at Harderwijk Dolphinarium in the Netherlands - the very same facility that rescued Orca Morgan and allegedly alluded they would never palm her off for public entertainment. SeaLife, SeaWorld, Harderwijk; there are many more around the world with far more deplorable conditions and suffering animals that should be brought to international attention. Speak up on behalf of these animals. Petition now for an outright ban on the keeping of dolphins, sharks and orcas in EVERY country. It costs more money to keep them couped up than it would to release them into sea pens to live out the the rest of their lives in a semi-natural habitat!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Comprehensive list of captive orcas around the world - alive and deceased!

      Lucy  Mac
      Petition Organizer

      List of captive orcas around the world, along with date of capture, details of ill-health, incidents, miscarriages, offspring and deaths.

    3. SeaWorld Appeal Fails in Orca Trainer Death

      Lucy  Mac
      Petition Organizer

      NY Reporter David Kirby on the outcome of Seaworld's latest appeal.

    4. Keto and Tilikum Express The Stress of Being in Captivity.

      Lucy  Mac
      Petition Organizer

      The Orca Project Wordpress Blog is a great resource if you'd like to learn more about orcas in captivity - particularly this article which deals with conditions at SeaWorld following the death of a trainer in 2009.

    5. 245 Signatures and Counting.

      Lucy  Mac
      Petition Organizer

      Just a quick thank you for taking the time to sign our petition. We've now reached 245 signatures, but there is still a very long way to go before we can present this any way, shape or form. Please read the accompanying news articles; we'll try and post as many as we can find to better inform and educate. Also please make friends aware of this campaign. Remember, captive whales have too much time to ponder and suffer because of their surroundings - by signing now, we could move one step closer to getting them into a sea-pen for a better quality of life!! How many of you can say you've made a difference to a wild animal's life?

    6. Killer whales at Seaworld had teeth removed with power drills......

      Lucy  Mac
      Petition Organizer

      Yet another insight into the demise of captive orcas - this time in the wake of David Kirby's impending "Death At Seaworld" book release.

    7. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Hailey martin ONTARIO, OR
      • 14 days ago

      ANIMALS SHOULD LIVE IN THERE NATURAL HABITATS.I THINK ITS JUST...CRUEL...!!!!

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    • Jessica Terrell ODESSA, TX
      • 16 days ago

      Because I find it morally wrong as well as biologically unhealthy for whales, or any cetaceans, to be held in captivity

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    • Alexis Trapp RICHMOND, VA
      • 27 days ago

      They should be in their natural habitat

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    • Mario Kapalka LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      Because it is INHUMANE and it is a stupid question for anyone I

      think to ask who calls themselves HUMAN

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    • Nestor Berazategui MAIPú, ARGENTINA
      • 5 months ago

      POR LA VIDA

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