What if you were forced to live in a tank the size of a bathtub for your entire life? That's exactly what life at SeaWorld is like for Tilikum, the 6-ton orca (aka "killer whale").
Tilikum was just 2 years old when he was taken from the ocean in 1983. Ever since then, he's been kept in cramped tanks, where he gets very little exercise and is forced to learn circus-style tricks for human entertainment. In the wild, orcas swim up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean. Former trainers say that withholding food and isolating animals who refuse to perform are two common training methods.
Life at a SeaWorld amusement parks is miserable for all animals held captive there. Please take a moment to write to the Blackstone Group—the company that owns SeaWorld—and request that officials immediately make plans to release Tilikum and other sea animals to sanctuaries that can provide them with a more natural environment.
Please Release SeaWorld's Animals to Sanctuaries
The only thing that people learn from visiting a SeaWorld park is how miserable life is for animals held there. The intelligent, social ocean animals kept in the cramped tanks at SeaWorld are denied everything that is natural and important to them. Please make the humane decision to start moving the captive orcas and other marine mammals to coastal and wildlife sanctuaries and replace the animals with state-of-the-art virtual reality and animatronic exhibits that will wow visitors of all ages.