Aug 292017
 
POLL: Should SeaWorld be closed down?

The death toll at SeaWorld continues to grow with the loss of another orca who battled chronic health issues. But it isn’t the whale’s death that’s the real tragedy — it’s the life she was forced to live. SeaWorld made the announcement that Kasatka, the park’s matriarch, was euthanized in San Diego this week. According […]

Aug 132017
 
POLL: Should the keeping of dolphins in captivity be banned?

Mexico City has just banned keeping dolphins in captivity, and advocates are hoping the rest of the country will soon follow in putting an end to dolphin confinement and exploitation. The Mexico City Congress, which recognized that dolphins are sentient beings who suffer in captivity, just passed a law that bans the use of dolphins […]

Aug 102017
 
POLL: Should captivity for all killer whales be banned?

After just three months of life, the Orca calf named Kyara died this week. According to a spokesperson at SeaWorld in San Antonio, she had some “very serious and progressive health issues over the last week.” It was in March, 2016, that SeaWorld announced that it was ending its breeding program for orcas, meaning that […]

Jul 202017
 
POLL: Should the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity be banned?

In another tragedy for captive belugas, a newborn calf has died mysteriously at SeaWorld Orlando. Earlier this year, SeaWorld confirmed that Whisper, a 17-year-old beluga who has been in Orlando since 2010, was expecting and due to give birth this summer. Unfortunately, the newborn didn’t survive long after birth. SeaWorld wrote in an update, “Unfortunately […]

Jun 232017
 
Should dolphins and orcas be kept in captivity?

Animal advocates have been arguing for years that Lolita, the lone orca at the Miami Seaquarium, has spent decades living in a tank that’s far too small for her. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has historically maintained it’s legal, it looks like the agency might be changing its tune. Lolita was once a […]

Jun 152017
 
5 Ways to Celebrate Orca Awareness Month

June is Orca Awareness Month, and orca fans and advocates are using it as an opportunity to raise awareness about the ways we can protect this amazing species — specifically an endangered population living in the Pacific Northwest. These orcas, otherwise known as the southern resident killer whales, live in three distinct pods (J, K […]

May 212017
 
POLL:  Should more countries ban breeding captive dolphins and orcas?

In a historic victory for whales and dolphins, France just passed legislation that animal advocates hope will ultimately bring their captivity to an end. The new legislation bans captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises, with exceptions for bottlenose dolphins and orcas who are already being held in aquariums, including those at Marineland Antibes, but it […]

Mar 282017
 
POLL: Should Orcas be bred and displayed in Chinese marine parks?

SeaWorld announced a year ago that it would end orca breeding at its parks in the U.S. One year later and nearly 8,000 miles away in China, another such program is just getting started. The Chimelong Group, one of the country’s biggest amusement park operators, revealed that it opened a breeding center for orcas on […]

Jan 152017
 
POLL: Should orca entertainment shows be universally banned?

Orcas will flip through the air and perform high-energy tricks for an audience for the last time in California on Sunday, when SeaWorld puts on its final killer whale entertainment show in San Diego. After years of pressure from animal advocates and fallout from the documentary Blackfish, SeaWorld had announced the closing of the shows […]

Nov 242016
 
POLL: Should this Canadian pipeline project be scrapped to save killer whales?

On one shore there are snow-capped mountains. On the other side loom towering skyscrapers. These churning waters off the coast of Vancouver are marked by a constant flow of ferries and containers ships – but they are also home to 80 or so orcas. Known as the southern resident killer whales the group has long […]

Sep 202016
 
POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on captive orca shows?

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Orca Protection and Safety Act into law on Tuesday, banning the breeding of killer whales in captivity, as well as the circus-like shows that have them performing for crowds. Facing increasing criticism since the 2013 documentary Blackfish exposed concerns about orca welfare, SeaWorld had already agreed to discontinue breeding […]