Do you think animals should not be snatched from their homes and held captive?
Have you seen Blackfish, the tragic story of Tilikum, the orca who is currently imprisoned at SeaWorld--and who has been involved in the deaths of three people? (NOTE: Blackfish will air again on CNN at 9 pm on Saturday, November 2!)
Are you furious about SeaWorld's indifference not only to the welfare of the animals it abducts and exploits, but also to its own trainers? Do you think orcas, dolphins, and other sea animals deserve much, much better than to be trapped in marine parks in what to them amounts to a concrete bathtub?
Well, here's your chance to do something about this shameful situation. We will be joining forces with activists from Florida Voices for Animals (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Voices-for-Animals/) and Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) of Orlando for a protest at SeaWorld that marks an unfortunate milestone for Tilikum: the 30th anniversary of his capture. Signs will be provided, but you're welcome to bring your own.
Afterward, advocates will be meeting for an optional lunch at the amazing Ethos Vegan Kitchen in Winter Park.
For more information, contact [masked]
Invite others via Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/513800712048711
Here's some information from ARFF about the cruel nature of this billion dollar business:
- There are currently 42 orcas being held captive worldwide.
- At least 136 wild orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961. One hundred twenty-three of these (or 90.4%) orcas are now dead.
-These are the most intelligent animals living on the Earth today; to keep them in a swimming pool is inherently cruel.
- One of the most common causes of death of dolphins in captivity is suicide. Unlike humans, dolphins do not automatically breathe. Upon suffering deep depression, dolphins can choose not to return to the surface for that last breath of air.
- A staggering 53% of dolphins who have survived such an aggressive and violent capture die within 90 days.
- The average life span of a dolphin is 45 years; in captivity, most dolphins do not live longer than 2.
- Every 7 years, half of all captive dolphins die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other stress-related diseases.
- Just ask yourself: Is transporting an ocean mammal from the ocean in a truck and airplane for many hours not cruel?