Topic

orcas

21 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to SeaWorld, Inc., Blackstone Group

Don't let Tilikum's Death be in Vain - empty the tanks, SeaWorld

Tilikum was the catalyst behind our student organization for the freedom of cetaceans-- Blue Freedom. It was his plight that inspired us. January 6, 2017 Tilikum died. Maybe the softer term would be that he passed away or that he’s resting peacefully. But the truth is he died. He did not die a natural death with the ocean waves there to carry him to his final resting place. He did not die in his native waters, surrounded by family members he might have spent 50+ years with. He did not die in a sea pen with salt water and caretakers who tried to give him back the most freedom that they could. Tilikum died in a tank. He died in a barren, artificial environment having spent the majority of his life being used for profit so schoolchildren and tourists could get splashed by “Shamu”. He died of a bacterial lung infection at 35 years old so Sea World could use him to build up their captive orca collection and breeding program. He died in Orlando, Florida, so very far from Iceland, so very far from home. I think of how many labels Tilikum carried throughout his life in captivity. The whale that killed trainers. Sea World’s most notorious orca. The whale behind Blackfish. I think about how all those things were cries for help from a creature who did not belong in a tank. Did not belong in captivity. Did not belong anywhere, but the ocean. Yet there he was. And there he died. We believe that his death should NOT be in vain... that his death should be a loud, clear signal to us to keep fighting for all of the whales and dolphins that still suffer in captivity. There is still hope. Educate, discuss, protest, don’t buy a ticket. Keep fighting for them.Do whatever is within your power to see things change. Keep fighting for the future Tilikum should have had.  By signing this petition, you are saying NO--  No, Tilikum's death will not be for nothing. No, we will not tolerate this outdated, cruel, and archaic industry any longer.  No, we will NOT stop fighting.   -The Blue Freedom Team www.bluefreedom.org www.freetillynow.org

Katie Emmons
236,465 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to CNN , SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Jerry Brown, California State Senate

Help seaworld's orcas!

Captive orcas definitely need more space than they have, as there are multiple issues that their current tanks have which could be harming their mental and physical health. But, as sea pens have the same contaminants as the ocean (which most of the orcas have never experienced before) has, a good idea would be to make large,manmade saltwater lakes at marine parks. Unfortunately, the current options are limited for Orcas living in captive environments. This petition is a proposal for new enclosures for Orcas living in captivity at Seaworld (just saying, one wouldn't actually be at seaworld). Seeing as this is a multifaceted issue with many key players, no one size fits all approach is guaranteed to work. Here are two plausible solutions. The first approach would be to build large lagoons at seaworld that replicate the wild and make the orcas feel a little less claustrophobic. The second approach is a backup plan which would happen if seaworld does not accept to build these lakes (which is quite unlikely as I have some financial plans below) which would be a giant, saltwater lake somewhere in Dover county Delaware. As you probably need more information on this project, here is a google docs link to a five page proposal to all of the people who I am petitioning (but I have to warn you, you have to read the whole thing for it to make sense): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cEWGfE5Z57RpRlEUA2faRz26WRfimi1G9hY-Fo2KWuE/edit Basic cost analysis: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MonnxW7azIMjtr51O-yODJwJ6nxr5U6DU5XqhXQfyiY/edit#gid=1753614987 Concept art: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xtYLUavmrJ0ot9YxAsjK99iHyUv29zlPa81BFYSIM24/edit Please, show compassion to the orcas and other animals at seaworld by signing this petition, as it is the only way for the orcas to finally gain what they deserve and not have to sit in their current concrete tanks for the rest of their lives. It might seem silly as this might seem silly as it is still "captivity". But just remember, this is literally the only way for them to even partly experience how it is like for them in the wild. 

Vlad K
959 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Joel Manby, Brad Andrews, Chris Dold, Dan Brown

SeaWorld: End Your Dolphin Breeding Program!

SeaWorld has announced that they will be ending their captive orca breeding program. We applaud them for their decision and thank them for doing the right thing. We now urge them to end their dolphin breeding program, and keep heading in the right direction to a captive mammal-free park (with the exception of TRUE rescue)! Dolphins in captivity live in sterile crowded environments, often forced to perform several times a day for food. Some of the dolphins at SeaWorld are also forced to participate in swim-with programs. [Click here to learn more about swim-with-dolphin programs and why they are bad for dolphins AND people.] Dolphin captivity also teaches children that it is okay for us take large, intelligent mammals and force them to do what we think is best. We should be teaching our children about conservation and protection instead, as well as the many threats that all marine-life face in our dying oceans. SeaWorld claims that their breeding programs help to save dolphins from the drive-hunts in Taiji, while partially true as currently do not purchase these animals from Japan, they are still participating in holding these animals captive. SeaWorld is setting an example to other captive facilities around the world by breeding and keeping these animals in tanks. They should be showing the rest of the world that they can change their business model and be successful! We are asking SeaWorld to give the same treatment of their captive orcas to the dolphin breeding program. It's time to phase out the dolphin shows and the breeding program. They are continually making amazing drastic steps to improve the parks and the well-being of the animals in their care. We would love to see them include dolphins in any future plans. Some of the dolphins could also be released back into the wild, which would further promote their rescue and rehabilitation plans. It would truly speak volumes to see them do the right thing again! As we said in our last petition regarding the orca program, the only true way to end captivity is to end the breeding program! Please do the right thing for the dolphin in your care! Sources: Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project Animal Welfare Institute  Captive Animals Protection Society

Fins and Fluke
73,622 supporters