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I don't like it when my humans leave me for a long time. Please come home I'm lonely!
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Sorry about not being that active, been rather busy with.. life :)

I'd like to get to know all the members of this group a bit more.. so, please feel free to comment on this picture a bit about yourself, and maybe even some animal companions that you have the joy of having in your life.

What made you convert to vegan/vegetarian, or are you converting? Witness, or help, any animals in need out there, help rescue any animals at some point in your life?

I'd love to hear, and also, welcome to all new members!
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FALSE: Captive dolphins cannot be released back into the wild.

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"loose laws on animal cruelty prevent police in China from detaining the culprit"

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In 1981 a 2 year old male Orca calf was torn from his family pod, hauled from the water. His pod had been visibly disturbed, his mother even followed after the fleeing boat, her baby crying piteously. 

The youngster would never see them again..

Young Tilikum was taken to Hafnarfjörður Marine Zoo, near Reykjavík, Iceland, where he was confined with two other bay Orcas (Nandu and Samoa) for up to a year before being separated from his companions and sent to Sealand of the Pacific, a marine park outside of Victoria, British Columbia.

<i>Nandu and Samoa were sold off to Sao Paulo in Brazil, an Aquarama facility, where Nandu later died in 1988 at the age of eight years. Samoa was then resold to SeaWorld, Ohio, then shipped to SeaWorld, San Antonio for breeding where she became the first Orca to die from birth complications. She was only 12 years old.</i>

At Sealand Tilikum was kept in a 100ft by 50ft pool, which was only 35ft deep. He was trained with food deprivation techniques and regularly bullied, attacked, by two older female Orcas named Haida and Nootka.

Forced to do eight shows a day, seven days a week, the young bull Orca developed stomach ulcers. In 1991 a Sealand trainer by the name of Keltie Byrne slipped into the tank and was killed by the three Orcas, Tilikum in particular. She was the first ever human being documented to have been killed by Orcas.

Not long after Keltie's death Sealand shut it's doors for good and all three animals were put up for sale. When SeaWorld, Orlando heard that Tilikum was up at market they were quick to purchase him, taking into no consideration that he had caused the death of a trainer and had a reputation for being aggressive. In 1999 Tilikum was to claim his second victim.

Daniel Dukes, 27 years, had somehow bypassed security and had voluntarily entered Tilikum's pool sometime during the night. The next morning the dismembered, naked, body was found draped over the Orca's back, being carried around the pool. 

Let's be clear that no human has ever been killed by a wild Orca

SeaWorld should have known they were dealing with a unusual case.. If you wanted any sign of an animal with severe mental and emotional disorders Tilikum is the perfect specimen. 

Despite the fact that the large bull Orca now had a record of being involved in two human deaths SeaWorld still went on and used him in shows and performances.. The third victim was on the horizon.

At the age of 40 years Dawn Brancheau was one of SeaWorld's most experienced trainers, and was very well respected. In 2010 Dawn was violently grabbed by Tilikum by the arm and yanked beneath the waters surface. 

Observations and testimony by numerous marine wildlife specialists say that Tilikum was very much away of what he was doing.. that the killing of Fawn Brancheau was a deliberate act of murder consistent with psychotic behavior..



In 2013 the documentary 'Blackfish' was released and revealed the dark truth behind dolphin and whale captivity, and what SeaWorld had so successfully kept from the public until now.

What was shown was that the captive industry captures and enslaves dolphins and whales, many of which have died during the capture attempts, especially in the case of the smaller cetaceans such as dolphins, where thousands are deliberately slaughtered, like, for example, in the dolphin drives in Japan where entire pods of dolphins are driven into a bay. The prime animals are selected for dolphinarium displays and the rejected members of the pod are violently destroyed.


Now the 35 year old bull Orca, who we have long clung onto the hope that he would one day taste freedom once more and that he may feel the embrace of the living sea.. Tilikum is dying.

"Despite the best care available, like all aging animals, he battles chronic health issues that are taking a greater toll as he ages"~SeaWorld

Lies. At 35 years old Tilikum should be in the prime of his life, wild male Orcas being able to live on average of 70 years and females surpassing a century. Captivity and a life of loneliness and sorrow is cutting Tilikum's life short.. 

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A picture drawn by me (referenced) of Tilikum back out in the wild.. lets all remember the many dolphins and whales who have suffered and died in the concrete tanks of many marine parks around the world..

And let's not forget Tilikum.. the whale that brought to light that it is not right to keep cetaceans in captivity..
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