Stop SeaWorld from Imprisoning More Orcas

Target: California Coastal Commission Member Effie Turnbull-Sanders

Goal: Vote against SeaWorld’s Blue World Project, which is designed to confine more Orcas.

SeaWorld, which is notorious for hiding inhumane whale treatment behind “conservation” projects, is planning to imprison even more orcas with its new Blue World Project. The proposal to build additional whale enclosures for breeding and containing orcas is set for a California Coastal Commission vote on Oct. 8, 2015. We must encourage the Commission to vote against this cruel proposal.

SeaWorld contends the Blue World Project is designed to benefit the orcas, but if you read between the lines, it’s clear this proposed expansion of the California theme park is another inhumane attempt to keep these majestic whales in captivity for profit. Despite recent negative exposure, some people still believe SeaWorld’s “conservation” efforts and pay a tremendous amount to be entertained at its theme parks.

Hoping to keep the blindfolds on its patrons, SeaWorld boasts that the new space for confining the orcas is more suitable to their natural environment. It even includes a “fast water current” designed to make the orcas feel as if they’re out in the ocean. However, when you put the actual numbers into the formula, the equation doesn’t add up.

Free orcas dive up to 1,000 feet and swim approximately 100 miles per day. The tanks proposed in the Blue World Project measure 50 feet deep and only 350 feet long. It would take an orca swimming 1,500 tank lengths to go the 100-mile distance, and the fast water current cannot imitate the strength and force of an actual ocean current realistically in such an enclosed space.

To claim that keeping orcas trapped in such an unnatural environment benefits them is ludicrous, and SeaWorld’s real intent, the intent to profit off precious marine life, is what needs to take center stage. Sign and encourage the California Coastal Commission to reject SeaWorld’s Blue World Project.


Dear Ms. Turnbull-Sanders,

One does not need to be a marine biologist to see that SeaWorld’s Blue World Project is a cruel and inhumane proposal to keep orca whales in needless captivity. SeaWorld has been called out numerous times for hiding animal cruelty behind the word “conservation” so that it can continue to use marine life as entertainment for its profit.

Tragic deaths of both marine mammals and trainers have proven repeatedly that keeping orcas in captivity is dangerous and pure torture for the whale. The proposed expansions to existing orca tanks at SeaWorld’s California location do not in any way effectively mimic the whale’s natural oceanic environment, and it’s insulting to think that any marine mammal would be happy stuck in what it perceives to be a fish bowl.

SeaWorld can save the orcas by working with them in their natural environment, rather than taking them captive. There is plenty of innovation in marine science that allows marine mammals to remain nearby in seaside sanctuaries where they are in their element and much happier.

Please do not fall into the trap of greed as SeaWorld has and believe for one minute that its Blue World Project is in any way beneficial to orca life. It is clear that SeaWorld is once again hiding its true intent of profiting off the abuse of marine mammals by claiming this is a conservation project. Please vote NO on SeaWorld’s Blue World Project.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: NOAA

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  1. Orcas are highly intelligent creatures, much more so than “man”. To allow SeaWorld to imprison them is totally unethical and cruel. It is NOT conservation by any stretch of the imagination!

  2. Lisa Huskisson says:

    Orcas are amazing and highly intellegant. To subject them ( or any other creature ) to a life time of incarceration is evil in its purest form !

  3. Heather Brophy says:


  4. “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

  5. Kathy Williams says:

    You know, Markgil, the first dozen or so times I read your canned comments about veganism, I ignored them. However, it’s so-called animal advocates like you that are actually detrimental to the cause. Therefore, whenever I see your standard, sanctimonious criticism of caring, compassionate people on one of these ForceChange petitions in the future, I will be gladly invalidating it with the following:

    “An assumption is often made within the animal rights community that those who do not embrace a vegan diet are incapable of authentically speaking about what might be in the best interest of the animals they do not eat…In essence, arguments are summarily dismissed not on the basis of their objective truth, the weight of the evidence, or any other measurable criteria, but, instead, on the perceived quality of the character of the person advocating the position, a logical fallacy known as the ad hominem attack.

    Isn’t evidence of concern something we can build on to help animals being killed in other contexts?…History teaches us that change occurs incrementally, as one success builds upon another, by bringing into sharper relief persistent hypocrisies that defy newly won, evolving values…If we can leverage [any specific] concern, we can build on it through time, by exposing the tension inherent in protecting one group but not another, just like the human rights movement has done.” — Nathan J. Winograd (vegan for 25 years)

    P.S. I am also trying my best to do the least amount of harm to the fewest individuals.

    I’m curious, though, Markgil: Do you use either a car or bicycle? Because if you do, you’re nothing but a self-righteous hypocrite. Research what goes into most rubber tires.

  6. Patricia Dumais says:

    Orcas do not belong in captivity — period.

  7. Let’s place the needs of the orcas first and foremost at the top of the agenda — the happiness & comfort of orcas should be a priority.

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