Free Tilly, Lolita, and all of the captive marine mammals to sea pens in their native waters
MT Ranier, Blue Angel and a Beautiful Orcinus orca
From the Orca Project website. The beginning of the fatal attack on Dawn.
OSHA pictures showing dangerous chemicals stored next to Orca’s food, from 2012 - Read the full report here: http://theorcaproject.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/seaworld-killer-whale-orca-food-hazardous-chemicals/
Last week I posted an article that reported that someone had applied for a permit to move Tillikum to a sea pen in Iceland, tonight on FB I saw a post that announced Shamu Stadium was closing until April for “remodeling”. So my hopes were even higher for Tillikum. Unfortunately just now I found this:
Not sure how Sea World can afford remodeling after reading this
Anyway, for Tillikum, Lolita and all captive marine mammals everywhere, don’t buy tickets to Sea World or places like it.
People protesting orca captivity in the 60s and 70s. A lot of pro-caps claim that SeaWorld helped the public to care about orcas, but clearly there were those who cared enough to protest captivity back then.
I don’t think we need to incarcerate an innocent creature to care about it.
The basis of animal rights is the recognition that animals are sentient beings.
This means they are capable of being aware of sensations and emotions, of feeling pain and suffering, and of experiencing a state of well being. ARAs believe that our own behaviour towards animals should be guided by this recognition of their sentience.
Most of us use animal products every day, but how much do we know about the animals’ needs and wants, or about their emotional lives?
What is Animal Sentience ’ and why does it matter?
Humans share the planet with as many as 4700 species of mammals, 9700 species of birds, 4800 species of amphibians, over 23,000 species of fish and around 6000 species of reptiles (as far as we know up to now), not to mention the countless species of invertebrate animals. We interact with and use animals in a multitude of ways in our daily lives.
But how much do we know about how these animals experience the world ’ what they feel, why they behave in the ways they do, how they understand their environment, how and what they communicate?
Many of us at some time must have watched another animal ’ a dog, a cat, a horse, a bird, a flock of sheep ’ and wondered, ‘What is she feeling now?’ or ‘Why is he behaving like that?’ or ‘What do they want?’. Questions like these may seem simple, even simple-minded, but in fact they are very complex and important to our understanding of the place of humans in the natural world.
Increase in scientific knowledge
A huge increase in scientific research on animal sentience is beginning to answer some of the questions about animal sentience and animal consciousness, although many unsolved mysteries and questions remain for future study and debate. This will be one of the most exciting areas of biology in the coming decades. And the answers have big implications which are being explored by philosophers and lawyers. How should we treat other animals? What are our responsibilities to them? Do they have rights?
Scientific studies of Animal Sentience
The most basic way of experiencing the world is through feeling or sensation. ‘Sentience’ is defined as the ability to have perceptions and sensations. A ‘sentient animal’ is an animal that is aware of his/her surroundings and of what happens to him/her and is capable of feeling pain and pleasure, at the least. The current scientific consensus is that all vertebrate animals, at least, are capable of feeling pain and experiencing distress. (For this reason anti-cruelty laws exist in many countries.)
But many of the animals we interact with turn out to have more complex mental and emotional lives than people have understood in the past, and new scientific research is constantly revealing new evidence of animals’ cognitive abilities and their emotions.
Sentient animals have preferences and intentions
It turns out that some animals can both remember and anticipate events and some can foresee their future needs and plan ahead. They can maintain complex social relationships in their groups. Some animals can understand what another animal is going to do, and attempt to deceive that animal in order to gain an advantage. Some animals can enjoy learning a new skill. Some animals react to other animals in ways resembling human empathy. On the negative side, animals can experience the unpleasant emotions of pain, fear, frustration and probably boredom as well. They can be reduced to a state resembling human depression by chronic stress or confinement in a cage.
90 Seconds For Kiska
For those still up - in advance of our call in tomorrow we made a new video PSA featuring Kiska. Kiska is the sole survivor of the captive orca program at Marineland Canada - and the last remaining orca in captivity in Canada.
In the time it would take you to send an email, fax, or call to Federal Ocean and Fishers Minister Gail Shea she will have lapped her tank.
Please join us and fight for her release to a sea and for an end to captivity in Canada. Share this video widely - Marineland will no doubt try everything they can to get it pulled down.
Things I want to see happen at Seaworld:
- No more shows
- Actual Education
- The removal of all cetaceans to sea pens
- Involvement with actual conservation work (not just something the government make you do or something to improve your image)
- An immediate end to all…
These would be ideal but unless Sea World were to become an accredited learning institution, an actual school, I don’t think its possible for them to be educators. Corporations only have one goal, and its to make lots of money for their shareholders.
Personally, I’d like to see the place go belly up, the way they like to make their stars do. I wouldn’t miss it.