Urge the Release of Canada’s Only Captive Orca


Target: John Holer, owner of Marineland, Niagara Falls, Canada

Goal: Release Kiska to a seaside sanctuary to live out the remainder of her life

The fight to release all captive orca whales is steadily growing, gaining momentum with each passing day. Sentient marine mammal captivity is astonishingly depressing; people from all corners of the globe are fighting against the barbarity. Canada’s marine mammal captivity parks are no exception to marine mammal abuse. Marineland, Niagara Falls, Canada (MarineLand) is home to the country’s last captive orca, Kiska. Numerous protests, large and small, have happened at the gates of Marineland, appropriately urging for the release of Kiska into a seaside sanctuary.

Kiska has lived in captivity since she was three years old. Captured off the coast of Iceland, Kiska has not felt the movement of the ocean, nor been with members from her own pod for 37 long years. She has birthed five calves, all have died. Kiska is a gentle giant, though is known for displaying her depression by floating lifelessly in her tank for hours at a time. The owner of Marineland, John Holer, is a notoriously gruff, unsympathetic man, whom has threatened to kill protesters; he is also adamant that humans should be allowed to capture and exploit marine mammals.

The time has come: All captive marine mammals should be set free, or put into a seaside sanctuary to live out the remainder of their lives. Kiska is nearing the end of a captive whale’s life expectancy. The gentle giant has no more teeth and is extremely depressed. She deserves to feel the ocean around her once again; she deserves to see other, wild orcas and curious marine mammals. Join the thousands of protesters set on seeing Kiska free for the remainder of her years. Urge Marineland to do the right thing and let Kiska retire in a seaside pen.


Dear John Holer,

I am well aware that you have experienced numerous protesters outside the gates of your park, Marineland. While some of these protesters may be angry that your park has the largest population of captive beluga whales, most are present to demand Kiska, the last captive orca in Canada, be set free.

Kiska is approximately 40 years old, having lived in captivity since she was only three years of age. She is very obviously depressed, often seen floating lifelessly in her bath tub. How could she not be? She has mothered five calves, all of which have died; she is terribly alone. Marineland’s website insists that captive orcas are crucial to research and discovery of orca characteristics- this cannot be farther from the truth. Without Marineland, or any other captive marine mammal park, research of orca whales would be just as remarkable, likely more so. Wild orcas are not shy and much can be learned of them from observation and study of their feces.

Mr. Holer, I understand that you are not a compassionate man. In fact, you are no stranger to death threats and stalking when you feel your park’s reputation is being threatened. However, animal rights are a serious issue. We will not back down. Kiska is a highly intelligent, deserving marine mammal. Please, release Kiska to a seaside sanctuary, where she can live out the remainder of her life in peace and harmony with the ocean.


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Photo credit: Natalie Lucier via Flickr

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One Comment

  1. paula eaton says:

    Let this poor orca has some kind of normalcy and freedom in her remaining years.

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