Walrus Appearing Emaciated Must be Released to Sanctuary

Target: John Holer, Owner of Marineland

Goal: Release Zeus, a 13-year-old walrus that appears sick and emaciated, to an accredited sanctuary.

A 13-year-old walrus named Zeus, appears to be deteriorating while being forced to perform shows for Marineland, the Canadian version of SeaWorld. It is a hard sight to see, and something must be done.

In the wild, walruses can live up to 40 years. Unfortunately, this may not be the case for Zeus. A former employee of Marineland stated that “he’s grossly emaciated … his skin is falling off his bones.” In recent videos of Zeus, one can see his hips and spine protruding. The former employee also stated that he has seen Zeus “collapse many times … [and] he has a chronic regurgitation issue.”

Marineland claims “the allegations against Zeus are completely false,” and that he is “healthy, eating well, socially active and in good health,” adding that Zeus was checked by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and that “all report that he is healthy.”

Sign this petition to demand Marineland stop using Zeus for money and retire him to an accredited sanctuary.


Dear Mr. Holer,

Years ago, one of your park’s walruses, Zeus, was taken from his home in the wild and soon after brought to your facility. There he has been trapped in a tank and forced to perform in shows. The constant physical and mental stress of living in captivity appears to be showing greatly on Zeus.

In the wild, walruses can live up to 40 years, however it does not look like this will be the case for Zeus. At just 13, one can see his hips and spine protruding, and it seems to some observers that he can barely hold his head up. A former employee of yours stated that Zeus looks like he is barely 1,000 pounds when he should be at 3,000 pounds.

Please send Zeus to an accredited sanctuary where he can live in a more natural environment, swim free, and play with friends. If you truly care about this animal, then you know a sanctuary would be best for him.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Philip Demers

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  1. Sara Smith says:

    Where are the animal welfare organisations in Canada and why are they doing fuck all about this?

  2. This makes me feel sick. Why is it that people can treat animalkind like this? WHAT IS WRONG WITH SOME PEOPLE!!!!

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