Shut Down Deplorable Aquarium

Target: Morro Bay Officials

Goal: Shut down Morro Bay Aquarium in California, which keeps animals in barren, filthy enclosures

The Morro Bay Aquarium in California continues to display animals in barren, filthy enclosures that often lack enrichment or companionship. The Aquarium has been allowed to operate for years despite its numerous citations by the United States Department of Agriculture for failing to provide the bare minimum of care requirements. The Morro Bay Aquarium is under review this year; please urge Morro Bay Officials to deny the lease renewal that would allow this notorious aquarium to continue to showcase suffering animals for profit.

The Morro Bay Aquarium has numerous marine animals such as sea lions, seals, and fish kept in filthy, unsuitable enclosures that fail to provide any enrichment or basic necessities. The Aquarium has been cited numerous times by the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the basic care requirements for marine animals. Many residents in the area are ashamed of their city’s Aquarium that showcases animals in these deplorable conditions. Many animals show signs of extreme stress and have become neurotic due to lack of companionship and entertainment. Animals can be seen pacing mercilessly in their cages or swimming constant circles in their tanks. Many animals have died due to the inadequate care given to them at this aquarium.

Morro Bay Officials are meeting soon to determine whether this shameful Aquarium should be allowed to renew its lease and continue to imprison sea animals. Please urge them to shut down the atrocious Morro Bay Aquarium once and for all and provide a comfortable, humane retirement for the gentle creatures it now imprisons.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Morro Bay officials,

I was pleased to hear that you will soon be discussing The Morro Bay Aquarium’s lease renewal. The Aquarium has long been notorious for housing animals in deplorable, unsuitable enclosures. I strongly urge you to deny the Aquarium’s lease renewal and give the suffering animals a humane, much deserved retirement.

The Morro Bay Aquarium has been allowed to operate for years despite numerous citations by the United States Department of Agriculture for failing to provide the most basic of necessities to these imprisoned creatures.  Numerous animals suffer and die premature deaths due to the disgraceful conditions in which they are kept at the Morro Bay Aquarium. Public opinion of the Aquarium is not favorable either; local residents find the Aquarium to be a shameful misrepresentation of their town.

When discussing the lease renewal of the Morro Bay Aquarium, please consider the egregious, unnecessary suffering of all the sea creatures who have been forced to suffer years of stress and inadequate care at the facility. Please deny the lease renewal request of the Morro Bay Aquarium and immediately transfer these suffering animals to humane, suitable sanctuaries where they can live out their days in peace and comfort.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Spotted Seal via Open Cage webpage

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  1. Hi Valerie,
    Thanks for starting this petition. I wanted to let you know that the city council meeting took place on June 25th and it was decided that they would send out the Requests for Proposals, essentially denying the Tyler’s lease renewal request(see, for example, http://kosherveg.com/news-alerts/2013/06/28/update-city-officials-deny-morro-bay-aquariums-lease-renewal/#.UdAo8Zwkz8Q). If forcechange.org works likes change.org, you’ll want to be sure the city officials are no longer receiving emails each time someone signs the petition. If you would like to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings, be sure to check out: https://www.facebook.com/MorroBayAquariumCampaign. Thanks for caring! :)

  2. frances depaolo says:

    inhumane

  3. Robert Ortiz says:

    Animals should not be treated in such a horrific and atrocious manner.

  4. FREEDOM!!!!!!! thats want we all fight for….GIVE THE ANIMALS THEIR FREEDOM…THEY ARE HELD WITH OUT THEIR CONSENT SO YOU GREEDY PEOPLE CAN MAKE MONEY

  5. MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with humanbeings.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

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