SeaWorld continues to be the dominant whale captivity circus park propping up the international captivity industry. Movies such as The Cove and Blackfish have pulled back the veil on the cruelty and dangers to dolphins and whales of lives in concrete tanks. However, throughout the world, dolphins, orcas and beluga whales have become more and more popular in aquariums and even swim-with-dolphins tourist programs even though science is showing us that captivity in small tanks is detrimental for these highly social, intelligent, and wide-ranging animals. They simply do not belong in captivity.
We have worked for more than thirty years in opposition to captive dolphin facilities. We have helped close or prevent the construction of dozens of dolphinariums around the world. We continue to fight against existing dolphinariums and new proposals, seeking legislation and government policies to end captivity, and educating the public about the harm to these marine species caused by captivity. We work closely with grassroots groups in other countries, such as India, which has banned captive dolphins. We are part of a lawsuit against SeaWorld’s false advertising and unfair business practices to require that industry to tell the truth about orcas in captivity. And we are in litigation against allowing the import to the US of 18 beluga whales caught in the wild in Russia. We succeeded in shutting down the capture of live dolphins for export from the Solomon Islands.
While in the US and Europe many dolphinariums have closed and few new ones are being proposed, many new ones are being built in Japan, China, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. We need to keep the pressure on to end captivity for dolphins and whales.
Mark J. Palmer, August 2017
On Monday, July 24th, SeaWorld announced that Kyara, ostensibly the last orca calf to be born in SeaWorld’s parks, had died, reportedly due to pneumonia.
The sad death mirrors everything wrong with keeping orcas in captivity.
SeaWorld now has a total of 22 orcas still in captivity in its three parks in San Antonio (where the calf Kyara died), San Diego and Orlando. But SeaWorld has long concealed the fact that 46 captive orcas have died in SeaWorld’s care, along with dozens of other dolphins and whales.
Mark J. Palmer, July 2017
SeaWorld has repeatedly claimed that their orcas live as long as orcas in the wild.
However, on Monday, July 24th, yet another of SeaWorld’s captive orcas has died, this time at only 3-months old, which suggests once again that keeping orcas in small concrete tanks is not healthy or defensible.
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