WDC has signed on to an open letter calling for SeaWorld to follow their legal obligations under the US National Marine Fisheries Service to release Tilikum’s full necropsy (animal autopsy). This also applies to his offspring and grand-offspring, including Kyara, the last orca calf to be born at SeaWorld, who died in July.
The last orca to be born in captivity at SeaWorld has died after being treated in an animal hospital for signs of pneumonia, the marine park has announced.
Our advice has always been simple and has always been the same: PLEASE, DON’T BUY A TICKET to any marine park that holds whales and dolphins in captivity.
The culmination of many months of campaigning to stop British Airways supporting SeaWorld came down to this – me and my colleague, Julia Thoms, standing at the security gate on the perimeter fence of BA’s UK Headquarters near Heathrow on a dark, wet January afternoon.
This Sunday (8th Jan) will see the end of SeaWorld San Diego’s controversial theatrical orca shows, a move that was announced by the captivity giant (along with an end to orca breeding programmes) last year
The decision came after growing public criticism regarding the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity, which has led to corporate partners walking away, falling profits, and various scandals in recent years.
The news, when it finally came, was not a surprise but it still stung. On January 6th, 2017, Sea World announced that Tilikum, the dark star of the 2013 ground-breaking documentary Blackfish, had died.
Barely two months after announcing it was suspending its dividend payout, SeaWorld has revealed a huge drop in profits in its third quarter results with income falling to 66m dollars. Chief executive, Joe Manby, also announced a further $65m cost cutting excercise as the company attempts to turn around its financial fortunes.
Last month, the California State Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill to ban captive orca performances and breeding programs and Tuesday California Govenor, Jerry Brown, signed the bill into law. This historic legislation is in stark contrast to the situation in Arizona where dolphins from California were recently shipped to become the main attraction at Dolphinaris, a dolphin swim-with program set to open next month in Scottsdale.