Target: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Goal: Protect Orca Whales at SeaWorld by requiring proper housing in tanks.
Nakai is an 11 year old male Orca living at SeaWorld that has recently had a chunk of his lower mandible the size of a large dinner plate ripped off by two other Orcas. At SeaWorld where whales such as Nakai and dolphins are held in captivity in tanks, they are unable to swim freely their natural amount of 100 miles a day. Their imprisonment at SeaWorld is a bathtub compared to the vast waters of their true home in the wild.
Since the whales and dolphins are held against their will in enclosed small areas, many of them form incompatible relationships. As a result, many injuries and deaths arise in this not so fun filled family park. Nakai is one of the many examples of the cruelty that takes place at SeaWorld for entertainment. It is SeaWorld that must come to their moral sense.
Orca Whales are considered threatened or endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss, pollution, and capture for marine mammal parks such as SeaWorld. With this petition, we will ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take disciplinary action against SeaWorld for the lack of responsibility in establishing a safe and compatible home.
Nakai’s trauma is an absolute violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that clearly states, “marine mammals that are not compatible must not be housed in the same enclosure.”
The ominous counter shades of black and white on the Orca Whales need to be admired not in a killer pool but in the thriving sunlight reflecting off open waters. It is unacceptable to rob whales of their true natural habitat and then place them in a bloody water cell. If these magnificent creatures are to be captured and used we should at least be ensuring their safety and protection.
Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Recently at SeaWorld an 11 year old male Orca named Nakai suffered a major laceration to his jaw by two other Orca Whales. The whale was living in unsafe living conditions and is now missing a large part of his skin. This is an unacceptable way for these mammals to be living. Instead of being free in the open waters these whales are tortured and enslaved in horribly maintained conditions.
I urge you to take disciplinary action against SeaWorld. As part of the Animal Welfare Act it is clear that “marine mammals that are not compatible must not be housed in the same enclosure.” This is not the case at SeaWorld.
We must protect these beautiful mammals and ensure their safety. It is not a fun filled family park when the mammals are incompatible and living in an avoidable massacre.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Dr. Ingrid N. Visser Ph.D. founder and principle scientist of the Orca Research Trust