Concerned San Diegans Will Display a Message on SeaWorld’s 50th Anniversary
From Concerned San Diegans
Concerned San Diegans will display a message for A New Vision for SeaWorld on its 50th Anniversary, outside the location where it was founded.
March 21, 2014, is the 50th Anniversary of SeaWorld, which started right here in San Diego. San Diegans concerned for the safety and welfare of the captive orcas and their human trainers will once more demonstrate outside the entrance to SeaWorld San Diego.
This Demonstration will be different in showcasing a new vision for Sea World in the 21st Century, based upon Dr. Naomi Rose’s proposal for seaside sanctuaries to which captive marine animal performers can retire and as recently proposed in AB 2140, the Orca Welfare and Safety Act.
WHEN: Noon to 3 pm on Friday, March 21, 2014
WHERE: Sea World Drive at Sea World Way, San Diego
“We envision SeaWorld as it should always have been – providing real education in an eco-conscious environment.” – Jane Cartmill, President of San Diego Animal Advocates.
With the recent introduction of AB 2140 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, people who have been concerned for the safety and welfare of captive orcas and their human trainers have a concrete legislative proposal to advocate.
“There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, said when he introduced the bill. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives.”
AB 2140 is designed to: end the use of performing orcas in theme shows, ban captive breeding and prohibit the import and export of the so-called “killer” whales in California. Currently, SeaWorld San Diego is the only place in California where orcas are kept captive, with 10 currently held: Corky (wild caught in Canada,1970), Kasatka (wild caught in Iceland, 1979), Ulises (wild caught in Iceland, 1980), and captive-born Orkid, Keet, Shouka, Nakai, Ikaika, Kalia and Makani.
San Diego’s Mayor and City Council should be concerned about a continuing decline in visitors to SeaWorld here in San Diego if SeaWorld continues to ignore the growing movement for humane animal treatment worldwide. San Diego IS a world class tourist destination, and we need to embrace this movement to maintain this stature.
Financial success need not be predicated on the captivity of highly intelligent, socially sophisticated marine mammals in wholly unnatural conditions.
The last captive cetacean park in the United Kingdom closed in 1993. Catalonia banned the centuries-old tradition of bullfighting in Spain over two years ago. Last year, India banned captive cetaceans, joining Chile, Costa Rica and Hungary. India banned “any person/persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import [or] capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever.”
As recently reported by the Voice of San Diego, Disney’s two theme parks in Anaheim and Universal Studios’ park in Hollywood each draw more visitors and revenue than any of SeaWorld Entertainment’s parks. Captive orcas are forced to live in 1/1000th of the space in their natural habitat, forced to perform tricks on command for food with loud music blaring, exposed nightly to loud fireworks, placed in tanks with other orcas not from their natural pod creating conflict and physical harm and also isolated because of these unnatural social groupings, and bred artificially.
SeaWorld Entertainment’s need for genetic diversity in its stock leads it to seek out wild-caught orcas, such as Morgan, a young, weakened female orca rescued offshore the Netherlands which SeaWorld Entertainment petitioned to have transferred to its partner park, Loro Parque in the Canary Islands (Spain), where six of SeaWorld’s orcas are on paid loan. The original permit to capture Morgan was predicated on her rehabilitation and return to the wild.
SeaWorld Entertainment could use the incredible digital technology available today to simulate the REAL Sea World, just as more and more worldwide corporations are using digital and other advanced technology to eliminate the need to use live animals for testing drugs and consumer products.
On the occasion of SeaWorld’s 50th Anniversary founding here in San Diego, concerned San Diegans are calling upon SeaWorld Entertainment to embrace the 21st Century. It is more apparent than ever that successful businesses adapt to changes in their market, or they fail.
For more information, see: http://www.cetaceaninspiration.com/news/2014/3/6/a-bill-proposal-that-bans-killer-whale-captivity-in-california-faq