Whales and dolphins in captivity


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karen roseme

Mountain climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2015 - 05:39am PT

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The World’s Most Famous Surfer Turns Up the Heat on SeaWorld
When Kelly Slater couldn’t ask SeaWorld directly when it would free its captive killer whales, he took the question to his millions of fans instead.

Boulder, CO
Jul 22, 2015 - 10:19am PT
Excuse me while I become a One Direction FANBOI for a moment or three

karen roseme

Mountain climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 1, 2015 - 06:31am PT
Dolphins and whales in the wild are worth more alive than dead.
Captivity kills! Don’t buy a ticket to a dolphinarium.
We support the Japanese peoples’ rights to learn the truth about the contamination of dolphin and whale meat. Our concerns include the people of Japan, who should not be consuming meat laced with mercury and radioactivity.
Japan can rebuild its damaged economy using eco-tourism and green policies rather than perpetuating the dolphin hunts of the past.
Many Japanese don’t know about the drive fishery killing of dolphins and actually oppose it when they understand what is happening.
Tourism is a major industry in Japan, along with a growing whale and dolphin-watching operation.

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Social climber
So Cal
Sep 1, 2015 - 06:44am PT

Sport climber
Sep 1, 2015 - 01:49pm PT
Hopefully they can change some of their policies and continue entertaining children and adults in the years to come.

john hansen

Sep 1, 2015 - 02:03pm PT
There is a new book out called Beneath the Surface by John Hargrove.

He was a trainer at Sea World for 12 years and has lots of stories of the stress the whales endure. They did not evolve to be held in such small pens and pools. Whales as young as 8 years old artificially inseminated when they don't breed in the wild to 14. They want as many baby whales born as possible. Only a few of the 34 they have spent time in the wild.

None of them would survive in the wild. Most are now hybrids from whales from different regions. Then thrown together with other whales they can not communicate with. Many are third generation and inbreed as well.

Many stories of aggressive whales attacking their trainers. Can't say I blame them.

Not a very sad story.
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2015 - 08:09am PT
It is horrid what happens In taiji every year. American tourists swimming with dolphins and our dolphin shows etc, are the biggest contributing factor to this event. We have the power to stop it. Tell people, impact those around you. 90% of people I speak to never watched the cove or know anything about this. Speak.up.


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Another great book!
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 5, 2015 - 09:02am PT
Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians Page (official) added 6 new photos.
Everyone who follows the Cove Guardians on the ground in Taiji, are shocked at the brutality of the drives. The senseless slaughter for meat that is no longer popular and is poisoned with mercury.
We see dolphins abused and beaten, we see the terror in their eyes as they try to escape, we see families torn apart, with babies turned into orphans.

I am right alongside you with my disgust and disdain for these despicable hunters...these cowards that spend their days searching for innocent families of dolphins to prey upon.

Like you, I wish every single day that someone in the Japanese government would have the courage to stand up and put a stop to these murderers.
However, while we are cursing and loathing these cruel hunters, let us also remember the other side of the coin…

Captivity: A prisoner being held captive during a war.
Captive: Without the ability to escape.
(Source: Cambridge English Dictionary)

The main driving force behind these cruel drives/slaughters is the desire of the Taiji hunters to capture dolphins, train them and sell them to the highest bidder for a sizable profit.
According to the Japan Times, there are currently 150 dolphins “on order” to be sold before the end of their fiscal year in March 2016.


One of the oldest simplest business concepts that we learned in our economics class in elementary school, was called, “Supply Vs., Demand”.
As long as the demand remains in place, there will always be someone who is willing to be the supplier.

What is the source of this “demand?” There are dolphinariums and marine parks under construction and opening their doors at an alarming rate. People from all over the world attend these facilities when they go on vacation because they want a “swim with the dolphin” experience.
The 1st world citizens are the people that are boosting the profits and supporting these facilities, and where do you think these facilities get their dolphins??

In addition to our Cove Guardians guarding and reporting daily from the Taiji cove, it is time that we started applying pressure around the world to stop the attendance at these marine parks and dolphinariums.
I get messages every day with people asking me “What can I do to help?”
Well, here is your answer and your opportunity.

If you are supporting and standing with us…if you are watching the live stream and yelling at the screen in anger…if you are sickened by the actions of these cruel hunters for their inhumane actions, then I hope you are equally as shocked, horrified and critical toward every family member, friend, co-worker or acquaintance, when they choose to patronize these facilities.
Guess what…. the people attending and supporting these places are no different than the hunters themselves. These "supporters" are equally to blame for the atrocity that we see in Taiji for 6 months out of every year.

Take action now. Stand up to these patrons, educate them, shame them..do something to make them understand what they are facilitating...

Do this now,



Sep 25, 2015 - 04:06pm PT
Thank you, Karen. For those who care about the issue, an important message and "call to action" by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

SeaWorld wants to expand its orca (also known as killer whale) tanks so that it can breed more of these magnificent animals who will then be condemned to a life of miserable confinement like the ones featured in the movie Blackfish. We need your help to stop them!

SeaWorld recently applied to the California Coastal Commission (“Commission”) for a permit to expand the tanks at its San Diego facility. ALDF and a coalition of environmental and animal protection organizations have urged the Commission to approve the application but only to give more space to the current orcas and only with a strict requirement that SeaWorld end its captive orca breeding program.

Unfortunately, we found out today that the Commission is caving to SeaWorld’s demands, allowing SeaWorld to breed as many orcas as they wish and to build a breeding tank which can hold up to 94 orcas. These incredibly intelligent and social mammals deserve better!

The Commission is voting on SeaWorld’s permit application on October 8th, 2015, and we need your help today to tell the Commission to do the right thing for orcas rather than caving to corporate influence!

Take Action!

Please make a brief, polite phone call to the California Coastal Commission at 619-767-2370 and simply say, “As someone who cares about orcas and conservation of marine resources, I urge the Commissioners to condition approval of SeaWorld’s Blue World project on a strict requirement that it end its captive breeding program in San Diego.”

Please also call the San Diego Tourism Authority at 619-232-3101 and politely tell them, “I am dismayed that the San Diego Tourism Authority has a partnership with SeaWorld and cannot in good conscience support any of your partners while SeaWorld is still breeding orcas and condemning them to lives of misery in tiny tanks.”

After you call, please be sure to send a follow-up e-mail to the Commission. Feel free to write your own or use our form letter as a guide. If you are a resident of California or a frequent visitor to San Diego, be sure to note that in your e-mail. Please pass this information on to your compassionate family and friends who care about animals who are exploited for entertainment!

Thank you for speaking up for captive orcas!

For the animals,

Stephen Wells
Executive Director
Animal Legal Defense Fund
karen roseme

Mountain climber
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 27, 2015 - 01:05pm PT

In a victory for SeaWorld, the staff of the California Coastal Commission has recommended the approval of a permit to build an expanded holding facility for the theme park's killer whales, despite opposition from animal rights groups.

The Coastal Commission, a state panel with authority to approve or deny construction projects along the state's coastal areas, is set Oct. 8 to vote on a plan to expand and replace SeaWorld's existing holding facility with a new 450,000-gallon pool and a 5.2 million-gallon tank.

SeaWorld blames weather, reputation attacks for latest attendance dip
SeaWorld blames weather, reputation attacks for latest attendance dip
Animal rights groups, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have pressed the commission to reject the expansion plan, saying the San Diego park's 11 killer whales should be released to seaside sanctuaries, not held in captivity.

The commission staff said the project has generated the biggest outpouring of public comments in the panel's history. The staff has received more than 120,000 emails, overwhelmingly in opposition to the permit request.

The agency also has received about 32,000 letters and postcards, most of them in support of the project. SeaWorld put up booths at its San Diego park where guests were encouraged to sign postcards in support of the project.

The expansion, dubbed "Blue World," was proposed in the face of harsh criticism generated by the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," which accused SeaWorld of neglecting and abusing its killer whales. SeaWorld has denied the charges but park attendance has dropped while SeaWorld Entertainment shares have plunged.
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