Days after we launched our latest campaign calling on travel company TUI to stop promoting trips to captive whale and dolphin shows, SeaWorld San Diego has announced the death of yet another orca held in a concrete tank for profit.
According to reports Amaya, a six year old female orca died suddenly after showing signs of illness just a day earlier. She was the youngest orca at SeaWorld, and her mother, Kalia and her father, Ulises are also held at SeaWorld San Diego. The exact cause of Amaya’s death may not be known for a few weeks.
Keeping whales and dolphins in tanks for human entertainment is cruel and archaic. These intelligent creatures would roam for miles each day in the wild but in captivity they are imprisoned. In confinement they suffer stress causing repetitive behaviour, and live shorter lives than they would in the ocean. It is for these reasons that we are encouraging people not to go to see these shows and are asking TUI not to promote them to customers.
We have all experienced lockdown over the past year or so, yet lockdown never ends for captive whales and dolphins. Thanks to your support we have already persuaded Virgin Holidays, British Airways, TripAdvisor and others to stop supporting this cruelty. Please help us end captivity for good .