Orca being captured

Photo credit: Wallie Funk

orcas in captivity

Photo credit: Peta2








The photos above show the Orca ‘Lolita’ who was captured in the wild at age 4 and taken away from her family in one of the largest captures of wild Orcas (sometimes called ‘Killer Whales’) in history. She is now the sole survivor of this horrific capture and has not seen another Orca since 1980. She is kept in a tiny tank at Miami Seaquarium that violates the Animal Welfare Act.

Taking highly intelligent creatures such as whales, dolphins, sharks and porpoises (cetaceans) and putting them in nothing more than a concrete tank is plain wrong. They will often have been torn apart from their families in barbaric drive hunts, such as in Taiji, Japan where the ‘pretty’ ones are taken captive and the rest of their families brutally murdered. They are then transported in appalling conditions to aquariums and dolphinariums around the world, where they will be ‘broken’ to make them perform. This usually involves withholding food in order to get them to perform tricks and they can also be given drugs (as admitted by SeaWorld) to control their behaviour.

In the wild whales and dolphins live in complex social groups and can swim up to around 100 miles per day (160 km).

In captivity they are unable to behave naturally in any way at all, they have very little space and being kept with a different species or on their own is common and highly stressful. The death rate for captive cetaceans is high and they die young.

Please read more at uk.whales.org

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