- It’s been nearly five years since the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” put the international spotlight on Taiji, Japan, a town that slaughters thousands of dolphins every year. But despite outrage and a wave of backlash against Japan for condoning the behavior, little has changed. In fact, on Monday a large pod of some 50 to 60 dolphins, including calves, was driven into the cove and slaughtered by fishermen. While politicians like Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, have spoken out against the annual hunt, Japan set a quota of 1,938 dolphins and whales for this year alone. More recently, Japanese singer and activist Yoko Ono added her name to a growing list of celebrities calling for an end to the hunt. As has been reported before, the real motivation behind the hunt is the money that buyers will pay for captive dolphins destined for marine parks. According to trade documents, a single trained dolphin can earn upwards of $40,000. While some of the animals caught in the cove are sold to parks, the majority are slaughtered for their meat — despite government warnings that it contains dangerously high levels of mercury. Rare dolphins are especially valuable — and this year it’s more evident than ever. Fishermen have already caught two albino dolphins, adding to the one albino calf they caught last year. While this year’s pair swims in their sea pens in the cove, last year’s calf is still in a tank at the nearby Taiji Whale Museum. While the slaughter goes on, there are several groups that are working to save Japan’s dolphins.
- SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison is stepping down! Atchison has resigned as the CEO of SeaWorld, why? Signs point to the fact that SeaWorld has a decline of revenue and attendance from the public. Atchison will officially leave on January 15th, 2015 as well as many job cuts in the future. This shows that SeaWorld is struggling and has lost millions of dollars. But the whole reason why this is happening, is because of the orcas and dolphins. SeaWorld still has not stopped or cancelled any of their marine shows, and that is a terrible mistake they have made! It is unclear of SeaWorld’s future, but one thing for sure, they will be shutdown unless they act now and stop inhabiting orcas and dolphins. Also, the bill that would end Orca entertainment and captivity. – Wildlife Earth News, for the latest wildlife news world wide.
- The Top Six Ways SeaWorld Ruined Christmas December 2, 2014 SeaWorld will find nothing but coal in its Christmas stocking this year. Attendance is down, SeaWorld’s stock has tanked, and the documentary Blackfish is still making waves. Corporations such as Virgin America, STA Travel, Taco Bell, and Southwest Airlines have severed their ties to the company, and shareholders have slapped it with a lawsuit. SeaWorld won’t even enter its float in this year’s Rose Parade. The public is finding out that SeaWorld is the worst Grinch of all: Orca calves in the wild usually stay with their mothers for their entire lives. At SeaWorld, orca mothers and their babies are separated so the mothers can be turned into breeding machines and churn out future performers. The youngsters wail in anguish as they are forcibly taken away, and their mothers can do nothing but despair as their babies are separated from them forever. Wild orcas swim up to 100 miles a day and dive as deep as 1,000 feet. In SeaWorld’s tiny tanks, which are the equivalent of concrete bathtubs, all they can do is swim in endless circles in their own diluted urine. At least 37 orcas have died at U.S. SeaWorld facilities from causes ranging from severe trauma to intestinal gangrene, and 62 bottlenose dolphins have died at SeaWorld parks in the last 10 years alone, including 16 stillborn babies. 4. Five orcas who were kidnapped from their ocean homes and families have lived in SeaWorld’s cramped tanks for decades. ©Terrell C. Newby, Ph.D. 5. Corky was kidnapped from her family in 1969 when she was only 3 years old and has suffered seven forced pregnancies. None of her calves survived more than 46 days. Her last stillborn fetus was found at the bottom of her holding tank. 6. Even though wild orcas and dolphins are naturally devoted to their young, captivity can leave them utterly unable to cope. Mothers sometimes attack and kill their newborn calves. Give the orcas, dolphins, and other animals the best gift of all by refusing to buy a ticket to SeaWorld and spreading the word far and wide. — sources = wdc.com / seaworldofhurt.com . [Taken from @_against_abuse ]
- The truth about ” Slave World.” Orcas at SeaWorld spend most of their time floating listlessly at the surface of the water with little to no shade from the hot blistering sun. In the wild, orcas spend up to 95 percent of their time submerged and would find shade in the depths of the ocean, but at SeaWorld their tanks are far too shallow. Their deepest tank is 40 feet deep—not nearly deep enough to give them a reprieve from the harsh elements. Because of this, orcas have perpetual sunburns, which are shielded from the public eye with the help of black zinc oxide, which matches their skin. Although zinc oxide is also used as a sunblock, orcas almost always have sunburn before it is applied. Five orcas currently at SeaWorld were kidnapped from their ocean homes, as were others who have since died. For example, Tilikum, a 32-year-old orca, was captured at the age of 2 by a marine “cowboy.” Tilikum wasn’t taken from his natural environment because he was injured—instead, he was torn away from his family against his will and confined to a small concrete tank for a hefty profit.In nature, orcas choose their own mates. But at SeaWorld, orcas are forced to breed on a regular basis. Male orcas are trained to float on their backs, and their trainers masturbate them to collect their sperm. Females are artificially inseminated and forced to breed at a much younger age than they would in nature. Katina was forced to breed when she was only 9 years old (at least five years earlier than she would have naturally bred in the wild). Now she is used as a virtual breeding machine and is even being inbred with her own sons.