U.S. Senator Greg Ball (@ball4ny) submits ban on ‘Killer Whale’ bill. 1st U.S. State to consider ban on captivity of orcas in aquariums and marine parks.
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Sign of the times.
TO THE JAPANESE FISHERMAN OF TAIJI
FROM YOKO ONO LENNON, 20 JANUARY 2014.
Dear Japanese Fishermen of Taiji,
I understand how you must feel about the one-sided-ness of the West to be angry at your traditional capture and slaughter of Dolphins. But that tradition was made only when the world, and Japanese Fishermen did not know what it meant to do harm to the Dolphins. I’m sure you have heard so many speeches in which all of these things have been discussed. So I will not bore you with it.
But I think you should think of this situation from the point-of-view of the big picture. Japan has gone through such hard times lately. And we need the sympathy and help of the rest of the world. It will give an excuse for big countries and their children in China, India and Russia to speak ill of Japan when we should be communicating our strong love for peace, not violence.
I am sure that it is not easy, but please consider the safety of the future of Japan, surrounded by many powerful countries which are always looking for the chance to weaken the power of our country. The future of Japan and its safety depends on many situations, but what you do with Dolphins now can create a very bad relationship with the whole world.
The way you are insisting on a big celebration of killing so many Dolphins and kidnapping some of them to sell to the zoos and restaurants at this very politically sensitive time, will make the children of the world hate the Japanese.
For many, many years and decades we have worked hard to receive true understanding of the Japanese from the world. And, because of our effort, Japan is now respected as a country of good power and ingenuity. This did not happen without our efforts of many decades.
But what we enjoy now, can be destroyed literally in one day. I beg of you to consider our precarious situation after the nuclear disaster (which could very well effect the rest of the world, as well).
Please use political tact and cancel the festival which will be considered by the rest of the world as a sign of Japanese arrogance, ignorance, and love for an act of violence.
Yoko Ono Lennon
20 January 2014
cc Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
According to Russian Orcas, two of the recently captured orcas now belong to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, a new theme park near Hong Kong, China. It is also being reported that the orcas have already arrived in China.
The new park is set to open before January 31st. From the little information I could find, it appears they will also be housing Chinese white dolphins, belugas, a whale shark (they wish to eventually acquire 10), and pantropical spotted dolphins.
This is the annual dolphin slaughter in Japan’s Taiji cove. Matt Sampson has the story on what has activists and animal lovers around the world in an uproar.
So happy to see this on weather.com one of the more popular weather sites with lots of traffic.
Shout out to Lolita for the suffering she endures on a daily basis.
Statistically, the average wild orca swims 100 miles per day. Given that her tank is 35ft long, this would indicate that she’d have to swim a staggering 150,85 circles per day just to reach her wild counter part’s mileage.
She is completely alone other than the dolphins she shares with who do not speak her dialect.
This whale breaks my heart. Please keep her in your thoughts.
I’m always shocked by the size of Lolita’s tank - and then I remember that unlike most SeaWorld pools she genuinely only has ONE. All captive environments are too small but this is simply ridiculous. How she’s managed to survive 40+ years in captivity is beyond me - I would have certainly snapped under similar conditions a long time ago.
My heart breaks for this beautiful lady.
I found this photo on tumblr and it’s just… How could anyone support this? That creature is MISERABLE, and those animal are as intelligent as humans! This needs to end.
via Orca Network: January 24 NOAA Fisheries proposed a rule to grant Lolita equal status with her family as a member of an endangered species, pending a 2-month comment period before it is made final.
Now our challenge is to persuade NOAA Fisheries to overcome the beliefs promulgated to serve their own interests by the combined forces of the entire captive orca industry over the past four decades that captive orcas can never be returned to their native waters because it could kill them or could harm their wild conspecifics (family).
So we are asking all supporters of our proposal for Lolita’s retirement to submit comments to NOAA Fisheries along these lines:
The comment period - to help persuade NOAA Fisheries to not only follow through and grant Lolita’s inclusion as a member of her family, but to allow her to return to her home - began January 27. You can make your comments at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2013-0056-1841.
Even if/when she is finally determined to be a member of her family under the ESA, if NOAA Fisheries believes her health or her family’s health could be harmed by her return to her native waters they don’t have to allow her to be retired. We have drafted some basic points to make here to clarify those issues:
3 essential points to make:
1. There is no significant risk to Lolita in any stage of Orca Network’s proposal for Lolita’s retirement in her native waters.
a. Transport of orcas according to established protocols is commonly done and has never resulted in serious health issues;
b. Immersion of captive marine mammals in their native waters is described as therapeutic in veterinary literature;
c. The initial immersion is likely to be followed by exploration of the seapen environs, and heightened energy and metabolic strength, as demonstrated by Keiko upon immersion in Icelandic waters;
d. Her ability to catch and eat wild fish is likely to begin to resume in a matter of weeks or months, again as demonstrated by Keiko.
2. A thorough examination will be conducted by a team of veterinarians and pathologists prior to transport to detect any potential communicable diseases. Assuming there are not, there will be no significant risk to any members of the Southern Resident Community as a result of Lolita’s return to her native waters.
Conclusion: there is no harm to Lolita or her family involved in returning her to her home waters.
3. Remaining in captivity will result in continuing mental and physical stresses and health issues.
a. Abundant evidence, including peer-reviewed scientific publications, indicate that captivity increases mortality rates for orcas;
b. Due to her loneliness from living without the companionship of another orca for over three decades, and due to her exposure to the midday Miami sun, and due to the extremely small size of the tank that has been her only environs for over four decades, she is continually suffering as long as she remains in captivity;
c. Despite Lolita’s unlikely good health at over 45 years of age, she is still subject to the adverse effects of captivity on her emotional, mental and physical health.
Conclusion: remaining in captivity DOES constitute real harm to Lolita, and given her relatively good health notwithstanding her conditions, she is an excellent candidate for return to her native waters for retirement under human care in a sea pen, and potentially for eventual full release.
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For those of you out of Australia, a shark attacked someone and so the government has called for a giant kill of sharks in the area. Maassive protests have been held on beaches across Australia to protest this slaughter.
This dude is Australian Navy Diver Paul de Gelder who 5 years ago lost his arm and leg to a massive bull shark in Sydney Harbour. He is speaking out against the mass slaughter of sharks around Western Australia.
Paul de Gelder is a champ.