Last orca bred in captivity at SeaWorld dies, aged 3 months

July 28, 2017 by  
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Keepers and animal rights activists are mourning the passing of the last orca bred in captivity under SeaWorld’s breeding program, which ended in 2016. The calf, named Kyara, was just three-months-old when she perished at the establishment’s San Antonio, Texas, park due to an unknown illness. Regrettably, she is the third killer whale to die at a SeaWorld park in 18 months. According to a statement made by SeaWorld on July 25, the exact cause of Kyara’s death is presently unknown. Additionally, the results of the post-mortem will take several weeks to be completed. Leading up to the calf’s death, however, she was being treated for a serious case of pneumonia . The marine park establishment is adamant the illness is not a result of living in captivity. In a statement , SeaWorld wrote that pneumonia is “the most common cause of mortality and illness in whales in dolphins, both in the wild and in zoological facilities.” “We’ve also had a lot of questions about how the orca pod in San Antonio is doing. We’ve checked in with the trainers, veterinarians and staff who all say that Takara and the orca pod are doing well,” the statement added. “They have been active all day and are engaging with the trainers, and we will continue to monitor any changes in their behavior.” SeaWorld announced it would end its controversial captive breeding program three years after the controversial documentary Blackfish was produced. The BAFTA-nominated film informed the public of the serious ethical concerns which result from keeping orcas in captivity and the questionable tactics used by employees to “train” orcas. Due to public outcry and plummeting ticket sales, the enterprise had no choice but to shut down the program. It is assumed that Kyara’s mother, Takara, became pregnant with the calf around the same time, as gestation in an orca lasts between 12 to 18 months. Because Kyara was the last killer whale bred in captivity, she was a treasure at SeaWorld . However, there is a reason the public requested SeaWorld end its breeding program, and that is because the mammals have been known to thrive beyond 100-years-old in the wild . Sadly, the young calf survived only three months in captivity. Related: Meet the 103-Year-Old Granny Orca That Spells Bad News for SeaWorld’s PR Upon hearing the news, John Hargrove, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld who appeared in Blackfish, tweeted : “I am grateful Tiki’s calf only lived for 3 months in a concrete box deprived of all things natural. For Takara, my heart is broken in pieces.” He added , “It’s an absolute insult to every one of us that they keep saying ‘healthy and thriving’ as they are dying from disease right in front of us.” Via NBC News Images via SeaWorld , Pixabay

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California governor signs measure to end captive orca breeding

September 14, 2016 by  
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Close to six months after SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby said the entertainment company would stop breeding their killer whales , California Governor Jerry Brown made it official. On Tuesday he signed a measure ending the breeding of captive orcas . SeaWorld will no longer be allowed to breed the animals, and the company is tossing out plans to expand their San Diego killer whale habitat. There are SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio, and Orlando. Although the company ceased plucking orcas from the sea nearly 40 years ago, SeaWorld still owns 29 of the majestic creatures. Five were caught from the wild. The company says the animals they have currently will be the ” last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld .” Related: SeaWorld finally announces plan to stop breeding Orcas In a statement, PETA vice president Tracy Reiman said, “Future generations of orcas will not endure the deprivation, stress, and frustration of being trapped in a tiny concrete tank.” The entertainment company will keep the killer whales currently at their facilities ” under the best veterinary care .” New “natural orca encounters” focusing on education, research, and conservation will replace theatrical programs. SeaWorld had considered plans for “Blue World,” a $100 million expansion to their San Diego killer whale habitat, but now said they won’t move forward with the project. According to SeaWorld , “The killer whale research we conduct has direct benefit for science. The animals in our care allow researchers, biologists, and conservationists to better understand and conserve these remarkable animals in the wild.” The company faced pressure after the documentary Blackfish and the deaths of three orcas during six months at San Antonio last year. Concern followed the revelation the company was still having Tilikum, the subject of Blackfish , continue performing in the midst of a life-threatening sickness . Activists and animal rights organizations criticized the way SeaWorld has treated captive orcas. Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and GreyHobbit on Flickr

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SeaWorld finally announces plan to stop breeding Orcas

March 17, 2016 by  
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Under mounting public pressure, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby announced today in a Los Angeles Times opinion piece that the theme parks would stop breeding orcas. This announcement could not have come at a more appropriate time given recent news the group is still making Tilikum perform despite a life-threatening illness . Read the rest of SeaWorld finally announces plan to stop breeding Orcas

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SeaWorld still making Tilikum perform killer whale shows despite life-threatening illness

March 10, 2016 by  
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Tilikum is SeaWorld ’s most iconic killer whale, having lived at the theme park for 23 of his 34 years, and he is very sick. Veterinary staff at SeaWorld have explained his illness as a treatment-resistant form of bacterial pneumonia which could realistically prove fatal. Despite his condition, Tilikum is still expected to perform tricks and entertain crowds, perhaps right until the day he dies. Read the rest of SeaWorld still making Tilikum perform killer whale shows despite life-threatening illness

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Meet the 103-Year-Old Granny Orca That Spells Bad News for SeaWorld’s PR

May 15, 2014 by  
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In the wake of the documentary Blackfish , SeaWorld has been fighting a losing battle to convince the public that keeping orcas in captivity is a good thing. For years the theme park has also claimed that “no one knows for sure how long killer whales live” as a way to brush over the fact that many of their orcas die before they reach their 20s. But a recent sighting of the 103-year-old orca known as Granny reinforces what many have known for a long time – SeaWorld should not be allowed to keep orcas captive. Read the rest of Meet the 103-Year-Old Granny Orca That Spells Bad News for SeaWorld’s PR Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 103-year-old orca , blackfish , conservation , granny orca , killer whales , orca conservation , orcas , orcas seaworld , SeaWorld , tilikum

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