Keep Captive Orcas Out of the Winter Olympics

Target: Anatoly Pakhomov, Mayor of Sochi, Russia

Goal: Immediately release two captured orcas back into the wild, where they can live a natural life free from captivity

The Winter Olympics of 2014 will be hosted in the city of Sochi, Russia. In order to attract more tourism, the city has decided to showcase two wild-caught killer whales during the games. There are strong movements against using intelligent marine mammals as entertainment; allowing Sochi to display these orcas for monetary purposes during the games is a step in the wrong direction.

These two orca whales will be the first ever to be publicly displayed in Russia. The Olympic Games are not a time to introduce an abusive act of disrespect to marine mammals. The International Olympic Committee’s Environmental Mandate features an agenda, Agenda 21, which states “all upcoming Olympic developments will be carried out with a commitment to environmental consciousness and sustainability.” Displaying these orcas is not conducive to Agenda 21.

Orcas do not thrive in captivity and do not belong there. Captive orcas often become abnormally aggressive, depressed and lethargic due to being forced to live in a tiny tank and perform for humans. The Olympic Games highlight the amazing capabilities and strengths of human beings. Displaying these wild-caught orcas shows the negative and selfish aspects of human nature, something that does not belong in this setting. Urge the mayor of Sochi to set the two captive orcas free to honor marine life and the Olympics.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov,

You recently announced that you plan to display two wild-caught orcas for the Winter Olympics of 2014. I am severely disappointed in this decision. Many nations have banned the captivity of intelligent marine life due to its abusive and inhumane nature. The majestic beasts do not belong in a display tank, and they should not be associated with the Winter Olympics of 2014.

Agenda 21 of the International Olympic Committee’s Environmental Mandate states, “all upcoming Olympic developments will be carried out with a commitment to environmental consciousness and sustainability.” Taking orca whales from the wild to be used for human entertainment and monetary gain is the opposite of environmental consciousness. Orcas are highly social mammals with complex family structures; they thrive in the world’s oceans, not in captivity.

Mr. Pakhomov, I urge you to release the two wild-caught orcas back into the ocean they were taken from. Russia should not start publicly displaying orcas when the rest of the world is fighting against their captivity. Please reconsider Olympic plans that will harm wild and captive animals.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Antony Pranata via Flickr

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14 Comments

  1. Freedom for all abused animals!!orcas belong to the Ocean!!!free&wild!! Captivity KILLS !!

  2. Natalie Jarnstedt says:

    People all over the world have expressed concern over captive orcas – they belong in the ocean, not in a what to them is a mere bath tub to live out their lives!

  3. Irena Franchi says:

    Keep Captive Orcas Out of Winter Olympics.

  4. Humans give the oceans back to marine life.

  5. Patricia Dumais says:

    One more reason not to go to the Sochi Olympics!

  6. Martha Napior says:

    Instead of putting the orcas on display only to add to their suffering and early demise,perhaps showing the documentary “Blackfish” would be more informational.
    Return the orcas to their natural home, the ocean.

  7. Please Live and Let them live.They are not a display item.

  8. Nunya Bidness says:

    Russia just keeps getting better and better……first all their hate towards homosexuals and others in the LGBT group, now orcas on show. I hope NO ONE shows up for these Olympics. Russia is a hellhole and Putin is Satan himself.

  9. Lizelle Pretorius says:

    There should be NO Orcas in captivity! They are mammels just like us humans! They should be free and able to live their gracious lives in their world! Bless all who stand for their cause!

  10. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  11. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD BE SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    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.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT, KILLINGS & WRONG SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

  12. I think the Russian government, Sea Circus and whoever else wants to keep the highly intelligent mammals captive, should be put in a baby pool for 30 yrs and starved and mistreated and see how they feel!!!!

    • pam hastings says:

      the world is watching many become aware of how cruel it is to make orcas prisoners. beat theUSA in freeing your orcas. show leadership in the coming movement to end the circus for profit at the expense of these creatures.

  13. This is not only really bad for the whales, it is dangerous for the humans involved in caring for them, as the deaths of Dawn Brancheau, two other trainers and the serious injuries inflicted on many others show. This is because in confinement in such a small, sterile area, without their family members, killer whales, especially the subdominant males, tend to go crazy. Please show compassion for Comrade Whale and release them back into the wild where they can re-integrate with their families!

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