R.I.P Amity – A Sea World Icon

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On Sunday February 10, the news was shared on a cetacean-interest Facebook page that Amity, Sea World Gold Coast’s oldest dolphin had died.  The comments that followed were mostly from people who had known and worked with Amity during their careers, and it was clear that there was a genuine fondness for this captive dolphin.

Amity received her name from the area where she was collected – Amity Banks in Moreton Bay, Queensland.  Estimated to be around 3 or 4 years of age, Amity was  captured sometime in the mid to late 60’s when wild dolphin capture was still legal in Australia.

It is likely that Amity belonged to the resident population in that area, and as a juvenile Australian Humpback dolphin (Sousa sahulensis), she would either have been taken from her mother or would have recently become independent, as calves of this species usually stay with Mums for around…

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Rest in Peace Kayla

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 Kayla was only 30 years old when she died today, which is normally far too young for a female orca to die (average lifespan is 50 years in the wild) but not at SeaWorld. Kayla’s mother Kenau at the age of 15, her father Orky died at age 26, and her only calf Halyn died at age 2

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But at SeaWorld all they lost was money… Please do not support the cruelty!

Experts And Animal Protection Groups Demand Veterinary Records For Seaworld’s Deceased Orcas Tilikum, Kasatka, and Kyara – World Animal News

 

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By WAN –
November 28, 2018

Yesterday, PETA, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Cetacean Society International, whale expert Dr. Lori Marino, PETA Foundation veterinarian Dr. Heather Rally, and AWI’s Dr. Naomi Rose have filed a lawsuit against National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) over the federal agency’s position that it doesn’t have the legal authority to enforce permit provisions requiring the submission of necropsy reports and veterinary records for deceased orcas Tilikum, Kasatka, and Kyara, which should be made available to the public.
Tilikum and Kasatka—who were featured in the 2013 documentary Blackfish—and Tilikum’s granddaughter, Kyara, all died in 2017 of reported lung infections. The permits that were issued to import Tilikum and Kasatka in 1992 and 1978, specify that SeaWorld must submit their records to NMFS upon the orcas’ deaths—a stipulation that, in Tilikum’s case, also applies to his progeny, including Kyara. NMFS did not obtain these records and now claims (without legal justification) that 1994 amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act voided those provisions. The plaintiffs assert that the provisions remain in effect and that the data contained in the records are vital not only to understanding the impact of captivity and orcas’ welfare, but also to informing the treatment and rescue of injured or ill marine mammals in the wild.
“The plaintiffs are calling on the agency to stand by the permit conditions that it imposed, and ensure that the public and the independent scientific community can examine this information in order to improve marine mammal well-being and hold parks like SeaWorld accountable,” says PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel for Animal Law, Jared Goodman in a statement.
“The captive display industry is the first to claim that the marine mammals it holds are valuable to scientific research and conservation,” says Dr. Rose, AWI’s marine mammal scientist. “Withholding necropsy reports and veterinary records from the public, including outside scientists, suggests otherwise.”
“Under the provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, these orcas belong to the people of the United States, not SeaWorld, and we have every right to access information about their health and welfare,” states David Phillips of Earth Island Institute.
After SeaWorld announced that Tilikum was ill, PETA and AWI privately and publicly tried to persuade the company to release his necropsy report and veterinary records voluntarily upon his death, and met with SeaWorld and government officials to urge transparency. The groups, along with the other plaintiffs, are taking this legal action as a last resort.

https://worldanimalnews.com/experts-and-animal-protection-groups-demand-veterinary-records-for-seaworlds-deceased-orcas/

 

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Ask TUI UK to Stop Supporting Orca Abuse

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TUI UK, formerly known as Thomson Holidays, continues to sell tickets to SeaWorld, despite being fully aware of the company’s cruel treatment of animals for profit.

The documentary Blackfish exposed SeaWorld’s abuse of animals to the public, its stock has tanked, and major US companies such as Southwest Airlines have severed ties with the park, as will the UK’s biggest travel provider, the Thomas Cook Group, following a dedicated PETA campaign. But TUI UK continues to offer its customers SeaWorld ticket deals.

At SeaWorld, orcas live in cramped, concrete tanks and are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. With no physical, mental, or emotional stimulation, they spend their days swimming in endless circles.

At least 40 orcas and dozens of other dolphins have died at SeaWorld parks from causes including severe trauma, intestinal gangrene, and chronic cardiovascular failure.
What You Can Do

As SeaWorld faces a plunging stock price and a steady decline in visitor numbers, it’s time for TUI UK to follow in the footsteps of numerous other travel providers – including STA Travel and Thomas Cook – and sever ties with this marine abusement park.

When Thomas Cook pledged to stop SeaWorld ticket sales, its CEO, Peter Fankhauser, said, “[W]hen so many of our customers are so clear in their view, I could not allow our business to ignore them .” It’s never acceptable to rob others of their freedom for a quick buck.

Please let TUI UK know your views and urge the company to stop supporting orca abuse.

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Petition: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Please Don’t Support Animal Cruelty

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Hey Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, we smell what you are cooking, and this time, we don’t like it.

This week, superstar The Rock took time out of his busy schedule to visit the Georgia Aquarium, a huge marine life museum that holds more than 100,000 creatures. The actor took to Instagram to share some photos of him and his family enjoying an up close and personal experience with some of the animals. His 112 million followers got to see him staring in awe at the aquarium’s whale sharks, posing next to a seal, and shaking “fins” with a beluga whale.

But this time, many of his fans weren’t pleased with what they saw. Specifically, his animal-loving fans took issue with his using his platform that reaches millions to glorify the terrible practice of marine animals like whales and seals in captivity and using them for tricks.

In an Instagram video in which he appears with Katie the seal, he says, “I am one with creatures and animals and basically anything with a heartbeat.” But people are wondering how can he support animals forced to live in permanent captivity if he really is one with them?

It’s a good question. Marine animals held in captivity rarely have an enjoyable life. They are forced to live in over-chlorinated water, do tricks for the public, live in tanks a fraction of the size of their natural habitat, and endure a life of utter boredom. Most people who love animals would rather avoid institutions like the Georgia Aquarium and SeaWorld that use cetaceans and other marine mammals for profit.

We all still love The Rock. It’s normal for people to make mistakes. But we think it is important for someone like with such a huge platform, to take a stand against the practice of animals in captivity, especially marine mammals.

That’s why Care2 is asking for The Rock to please take some time to make a public statement against animal entertainment and donate to an animal rights organization.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/517/157/994/

 

Breaking! Thomas Cook Travel Group Announces That It Will Stop Selling Tickets To SeaWorld Beginning Next Year – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
July 31, 2018

In a blog post titled “The Next Step In Our Animal Welfare Policy,” one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups announced that it would discontinue offering trips to destinations that exploit whales held in captivity such as SeaWorld.
The update was made yesterday by Thomas Cook’s CEO Peter Fankhauser, who noted that this marks the latest step in the company’s animal welfare policy that was announced 18 months ago.
“The policy was clear,” stated Fankhauser. “Any animal attractions we sell must be 100% compliant with ABTA animal welfare standards, as verified by our program of independent audits.”
ABTA is the acronym for the Association of British Travel Agents, which working in partnership with the Born Free Foundation, launched the one-and-a-half-year-old Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism initiative that sets a benchmark for minimum requirements in animal welfare for tourism and animal attractions industries globally.
According to Fankhauser, since the new animal welfare policy was launched, the company has audited 49 animal attractions of which it removed 29 from its offerings.
The remaining are reportedly making “significant improvements” to the way they treat their animals as a direct result of the company’s audit process.
“Today we are announcing a new addition to our animal welfare policy based on that same principle. Next summer, we will no longer sell any animal attractions that keep orcas in captivity,” explained Fankhauser who shared that more than 90% of their clients told them that it was important that their company takes animal welfare seriously. “This was not a decision we took lightly. We always said that we would continue to review our policy, conscious that the more we got into this area, the more we would learn, and conscious also of changing customer sentiment.”
Fankhauser reiterated the important role tourism has to play during the transition of ending practices that are known to harm animals.
“Today’s announcement will see Thomas Cook remove two attractions which we currently offer customers, both of which passed our audit process and made improvements to the way they treat animals,” continued Fankhauser referring to SeaWorld, in Florida, and Loro Parque in Tenerife. “We respect and applaud the work that has been done, and we will work with both over the next 12 months to prepare for our exit.”
The company will also continue to work to identify more sustainable alternatives.

https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-thomas-cook-travel-group-announces-that-it-will-stop-selling-tickets-to-seaworld-beginning-next-year/

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Breaking! Pink Tells SeaWorld’s Board Of Directors To Stop Being Bullies & To Release Captive Orcas From Their Concrete Prison – World Animal News

By Lauren Lewis –
June 14, 2018

Rock icon and rock-star mother of two, Pink, spoke out yesterday against SeaWorld during its online annual meeting. The Grammy winner called on the company to build coastal sanctuaries for the long-suffering orcas it holds captive.
“As a mother, I would never take my kids anywhere that keeps intelligent, sensitive beings in intensive confinement. Children are impressionable, and the last thing I would want to teach my kids is that ‘might makes right’ or that it’s OK to bully and exploit someone just because they look different from us,” the brilliant communicator who has been a PETA supporter for more than 15 years told SeaWorld board members. “But that’s exactly what SeaWorld does by locking up animals who, in their ocean homes, would swim up to 140 miles a day, dive to great depths, cooperate with their pods to find food, communicate in their own dialects, and transmit their own culture from generation to generation.”
Pink reiterated that at SeaWorld, all these poor captive animals are able to do is swim in endless circles with some becoming so frustrated that they break their teeth by gnawing on the concrete corners and metal bars of their tiny tanks.
“But you have a chance to change all that,” Pink noted as per PETA. “When will SeaWorld transfer its orcas and other marine mammals to seaside sanctuaries to save them, and itself?”
PETA has owned stock in SeaWorld since the company went public in 2013 in order to inform stakeholders of animal-welfare issues and propose policy changes. To date, at least 40 orcas have died at the abusement park and dozens more have been sentenced to miserable lives inside concrete tanks.
“You don’t have to be a multiplatinum Grammy winner or have access to SeaWorld’s annual meetings to make a difference for the animals trapped at the parks,” PETA states on its website requesting that people join its fight to urge the company to send the captive orcas to seaside sanctuaries https://worldanimalnews.com/breaking-pink-tells-seaworlds-board-of-directors-to-stop-being-bullies-to-release-captive-orcas-from-their-concrete-prison/!

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Help Animals Imprisoned by SeaWorld! | Save Animals

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Orcas aren’t ours to use.
They aren’t ours to force to perform tricks or to confine to tanks that can never compare to their homes in the wild.

Orcas at SeaWorld—some of whom were trapped and stolen from their families in the ocean—are miserable. Instead of swimming as far as they want in open seas, they can only swim in endless circles in tanks that, to them, are the size of a bathtub. They languish in chemically treated water, are forced to breed, and are viewed as money-making machines.
Tell SeaWorld that orcas are #NotOurs and that they belong in more natural seaside sanctuaries, where they won’t be forced to perform tricks for food and denied everything that is natural and important to them.

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Tell SeaWorld to Stop Imprisoning Whales

Too many whales and dolphins have died trapped in concrete tanks at SeaWorld. Tell the company’s new CEO to stop imprisoning these majestic, intelligent creatures.

Source: Tell SeaWorld to Stop Imprisoning Whales

Tell These Bands to Bail on SeaWorld’s Praise Wave | Save Animals | peta2

There’s nothing praiseworthy about SeaWorld which finds intelligent animals to concrete prisons refuses to retire them to a Seaside sanctuaries, and it has allowed more than 40 orcas to die on its watch. It’s even being investigated for fraud. Yet this company is putting on a Christian musical festival called Praise Wave to try to lure Christians to there it’s failing parks.

https://action.peta2.com/page/4258/action/1?utm_source=peta2::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=1217::ent::peta2::E-Mail::P2%20SeaWorld%20Praise%20Wave%20EA::::aa%20em

Petition: Demand @ThisIsHeart Radio stops promoting cruel Seaworld, United Kingdom


https://www.thepetitionsite.com/880/585/378/demand-heart-radio-stops-promoting-seaworld/

Petition: SeaWorld: Release All Your Captive Animals to Sea Sanctuaries


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/931/848/616/

Demand Airline Cut Ties with SeaWorld

SeaWorld holds numerous marine mammals in small, concrete tanks, which is incredibly detrimental to the animals’ physical and mental health. Despite knowing this, a popular airline continues to support and sell tickets for this cruel company. Sign this petition and demand the airline cut ties with SeaWorld.

Source: Demand Airline Cut Ties with SeaWorld

Kate del Castillo Joins the Effort to Send Lolita to a Sanctuary

Lolita has been held captive at the Miami Seaquarium for decades, and Kate del Castillo thinks plans to retire her to a sanctuary must begin immediately.

Source: Kate del Castillo Joins the Effort to Send Lolita to a Sanctuary

Urge Officials to Keep Animals Out of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi! | Take Action | PETAAsia.com – 1

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Urge Officials to Keep Animals Out of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi!

 

Please urge officials in Abu Dhabi to ensure that SeaWorld is not allowed to set up shop unless it doesn’t hold any animals captive at its new park.

Source: Urge Officials to Keep Animals Out of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi!

UPDATE: Urge SeaWorld to Send Orcas to Sea Sanctuaries and Stop the Use of All Animals!


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SeaWorld Is Desperate in Abu Dhabi

Petition ~  Stop SeaWorld From Opening

It can flee to the Middle East, but it can’t escape its problems.

Source: SeaWorld Is Desperate in Abu Dhabi

Tell These Football Teams to Punt SeaWorld From Their Schedules!

Three football teams are planning to visit SeaWorld this month—let them know why that would be a major fumble.

Source: Tell These Football Teams to Punt SeaWorld From Their Schedules!

Sunwing: Stop Selling SeaWorld Tickets

Profiting off animal abuse is bad business.

Source: Sunwing: Stop Selling SeaWorld Tickets

SeaWorld Just Fired Hundreds Of Workers


https://www.thedodo.com/seaworld-eliminate-320-jobs-2132000087.html

Petition · Urge SeaWorld to Denounce #IMATA For Supporting Taiji Dolphin Capture and Slaughter · Change.org


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SeaWorld Beluga Has Lost All Her Babies and Must be Retired to Sanctuary

For nearly 30 years, a beluga whale named Martha has been imprisoned at SeaWorld and forcibly bred only to lose all of her children. Four out of her five calves have died, and the only surviving calf was stolen from her to be shipped around the nation for public entertainment. Sign this petition and demand that SeaWorld end Martha’s suffering and retire her to an accredited sanctuary.

Source: SeaWorld Beluga Has Lost All Her Babies and Must be Retired to Sanctuary

Urge Entertainers to Cancel their Performances at SeaWorld

 

Please urge Fighting Gravity, the 13th Army Band, Freelusion, and the Gazillion Bubble Show to join the tide of performers refusing to support marine mammal confinement!

Source: Urge Entertainers to Cancel their Performances at SeaWorld

petition: Demand Vancouver Aquarium Cut Ties With SeaWorld!

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Free SeaWorld Orca Who Beached Herself After Show

A severely distressed captive orca named Morgan beached herself after a performance, which is highly unusual and indicative of extreme stress. Demand that this tortured animal be released back into the ocean immediately.

Source: Free SeaWorld Orca Who Beached Herself After Show

“Video”The New Future of SeaWorld

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“Video” SeaWorld and Humane Society CEOs on ending orca breeding

Petition · Support Animals: End SeaWorld’s dolphin breeding program! · Change.org

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Free Lone Orca Stuck in Tank for 45 Years

Lolita the orca has been in captivity since 1970 and has been alone since 1980 at the Miami Seaquarium, which announced it will keep Lolita in her tiny tank and continue her shows. Sign this petition and demand Lolita be released to a seaside sanctuary where she can live out the rest of her days happily among other orcas.

Source: Free Lone Orca Stuck in Tank for 45 Years