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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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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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.

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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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Cute Dolphins Check Out Squirrels at Seaworld Orlando Dolphin Nursery 

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

Petition: SeaWorld: Don’t Separate Polar Bear Best Friends!


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/870/884/771/seaworld-don%E2%80%99t-separate-polar-bear-best-friends/

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

http://action.petaasia.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=110&ea.campaign.id=60973&utm_campaign=012317%20SeWorld%20Abu%20Dhabi%20AA&utm_source=PETA%20Asia%20Email&utm_medium=Promo

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

OMG: Union J! In the Bath! Sharing an Important Message About SeaWorld Cruelty! | PETA UK

Union J is letting fans know not to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks that keep orcas captive.

Source: OMG: Union J! In the Bath! Sharing an Important Message About SeaWorld Cruelty! | PETA UK

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

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

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

Act Now to End Orca Captivity in the U.S.

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https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/act-now-to-end-orca-captivity-in-the-u-s?cmpid=tpnews-eml-2016-03-12-Literacy

#IStand WithTilly Send Her To A Sanctuary

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Stop Popular Christian Band From Performing at SeaWorld

A popular Christian band is planning a performance at SeaWorld despite the park’s notorious reputation for animal cruelty. Demand that MercyMe remove its support from SeaWorld’s desperate attempt to increase attendance.

Source: Stop Popular Christian Band From Performing at SeaWorld

Urge Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to End Partnership With SeaWorld | Action Alerts | Actions | PETA

Tell Rudolph to stop promoting animal abuse at SeaWorld!

Source: Urge Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to End Partnership With SeaWorld | Action Alerts | Actions | PETA

Urgent: Help Stop SeaWorld’s Plans to Continue Keeping Orcas in Tanks

https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=0D53DC00B8FB90917DDC3FFBCF3EB6F5.app330a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=6111&autologin=true&utm_campaign=092615%20Advocacy%20Digest&utm_source=PETA%20E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert

Help the World’s Loneliest Orca | Action Alerts | Actions | PETA

Help the World’s Loneliest Orca | Action Alerts | Actions | PETA.

Jane Goodall: SeaWorld ‘should be closed down’ – WFLA News Channel 8

Jane Goodall: SeaWorld ‘should be closed down’ – WFLA News Channel 8.

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Applaud Marisa Miller for Standing Up Against Sea World

Applaud Marisa Miller for Standing Up Against Sea World.

More Animal Brutality At SlaveWorld

EMPTY ALL CAGES

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Source: Repost from Peta2  (great group for young people interested in helping animals!)

A Vet Visited SeaWorld, and This Is What She Saw

Dr. Heather Rally, a veterinarian who has experience working with marine mammals, visited SeaWorld San Diego in September 2014. Her observations reveal that orcas aren’t the only ones who suffer at SeaWorld—dolphins, walruses, and pilot and beluga whales do, too. Here are her (not so) shocking findings:

1. Dolphins with skin conditions and likely depressed immune systems interacted with the public.

A study published in the Canadian Journal of Comparative Medicine found that “[s]tress, environmental conditions and general health appear to play a major role in the clinical manifestation of dolphin pox.” Despite the stressful conditions of confinement, dolphins are still expected to perform and interact with the public.

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“The dolphins involved in human interaction activities had obvious skin lesions,” says Dr. Rally. These pox-like lesions…

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