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seaworld

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Update posted 2 months 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 No, we will not tolerate this outdated, cruel, and archaic industry any longer.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
239,421 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Everyone in the world

shut down seaworld.

“Orcas at SeaWorld spend most of their time floating listlessly at the surface of the water with little to no shade from the hot blistering sun. In the wild, orcas spend up to 95 percent of their time submerged and would find shade in the depths of the ocean, but at SeaWorld their tanks are far too shallow. Their deepest tank is 40 feet deep—not nearly deep enough to give them a reprieve from the harsh elements. Because of this, orcas have perpetual sunburns, which are shielded from the public eye with the help of black zinc oxide, which matches their skin. Although zinc oxide is also used as a sunblock, orcas almost always have sunburn before it is applied. Five orcas currently at SeaWorld were kidnapped from their ocean homes, as were others who have since died. For example, Tilikum, a 32-year-old orca, was captured at the age of 2 by a marine “cowboy.” Tilikum wasn’t taken from his natural environment because he was injured—instead, he was torn away from his family against his will and confined to a small concrete tank for a hefty profit. In captivity, all male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins as adults, which is a sign of an unhealthy orca. SeaWorld claims that this condition is common and natural for all orcas. However, collapsed dorsal fins are caused by the unnatural environment of captivity and are rarely seen in the wild. Only 1 to 5 percent of male orcas in some populations (and none in others) have fully collapsed dorsal fins Orcas in the wild have an average life expectancy of 30 to 50 years—their estimated maximum life span is 60 to 70 years for males and 80 to more than 100 for females. The median age of orcas in captivity is only 9.” https://www.seaworldofhurt.com/features/ten-things-didnt-know-seaworld/      

vincent belvedere
147 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to info@hanson.net

Hanson: Please Agree to Never Play at SeaWorld Again

Prior to Hanson playing at SeaWorld Orlando in March, 2018, 50,000 compassionate people had signed this petition asking the band to cancel that performance. Unfortunately they continued with the show, so we are now asking Hanson to agree never to play at SeaWorld again. Please continue sharing.  To Hanson - you have always encouraged your fanbase to stand up for what we believe in. Many of us were extremely disappointed with your decision to play at SeaWorld. Please let us know you're still the caring men we've adored these last two decades, and agree to never to do another show at SeaWorld. The original letter to Hanson is below.  Hanson, Your fans are some of the most dedicated and loyal fans of music out there--and you know it. We've followed you around the world--from Tulsa to Jamaica--and back again. We support your projects, camp out in the snow, rain, and sun to see you. We've spent over 20 years fighting for your music and your vision, believing in you every step of the way. But we can't defend your support of SeaWorld. At SeaWorld, intelligent, sensitive animals are confined to tiny tanks that to them are the size of bathtubs. They are denied everything important and natural to them. And they don't just suffer. They die. So many animals have died at SeaWorld--and the number grows and grows. SeaWorld is hell for animals: Orcas swim in endless circles and break their teeth by gnawing in frustration on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks. Dolphins are impregnated, sometimes forcibly after being drugged; a polar bear recently died after her companion of 20 years was torn away from her; and three infant marine mammals, including a 3-month-old baby orca, died there in just three months. After hearing this and finding out how SeaWorld neglects and mistreats animals in its care, numerous bands have decided to cancel their appearances. Please do the same and move this show to a different venue. Your fanbase will support your decision and respect you for it. Thank you.  

Kristina J Addington
85,989 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Debi Bishop, Gerald Glennon

End Your Partnership With Dolphin Quest

Please consider our signatures as our official intent to refrain from staying at Hilton Hotels or Kahala Resort while in Hawaii or partaking in any of the shopping, dining, or tours they provide, until the partnership between your resorts and the captive dolphin facility, Dolphin Quest, is severed. As we learn more about what is required of these dolphins to survive in dolpinariums, we see that it is irresponsible to strip them of nearly all of their physical, social, and psychological needs for our benefit.Studies prove that dolphins are cognitive beings with self-awareness similar to that in humans. In the wild dolphins’ lives revolve around their social structure and bonds. They care for eachother’s young, co-operate while hunting, aid and console those in distress, partake in their population’s own varying cultures, and pass down information throughout generations, just like we do. But in captivity they are all thrown together, partaking in social dynamics that don’t exist in their wild populations, ones that can cause alarming and aggressive behaviors. Hawaii’s captive cetacean industry is responsible for over 146 reported deaths, all documented by the overseeing governing body National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), with causes of deaths varying from “drowned,” “suffocation,” “killed by another dolphin,” “food poisoning,” and trainer error. We strongly feel that this is a poor representation of Hawaii’s long standing cultural relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants and we are not the only ones. Public opposition continues to grow towards the captive marine mammal industry. What was once a huge draw for business and tourism is now becoming a negative association. Multiple countries and states have banned the public display of whales and dolphins. Just this past year, Jeff Stone of The Resort Group decided to cease all plans to put captive dolphins in the upcoming billion dollar investment Atlantis Resort in Ko’olina, stating they are committed to “respecting and celebrating the unique history, culture and ocean heritage of Hawaii.” And regardless of its lack of Swim With Dolphin Programs, Maui is still rated the #1 island, not just in Hawaii, but in the world by Trip Advisor.With such beautiful and diverse ocean wildlife providing opportunities for visitors that include world class whale watching and scuba diving just steps from your hotels we hope you will consider taking a similar route to those standing up to the practice of keeping marine mammals captive during the inevitable sunset of this industry. Mahalo nui loa for your time!

Ceta-Coalition
6,627 supporters