Her infant mortality rate is 100%. She is owned privately, she is completely solitary, she is missing almost all of her teeth, and she is provided with almost no enrichment. Her living conditions are in direct violation of numerous OSPCA and CAZA standards.
The Minister of Community Safety is responsible for overseeing the OSPCA and enforcement of animal welfare laws. Please take a minute to write on his Facebook page and encourage him to take action for Kiska!
After receiving complaints this summer about Kiska’s complete lack of compansionship and enrichment, we began to see Marineland occasionally providing her with this tire covered in ropes. This is what Kiska has been reduced to. A sentient, intelligent, self-aware being who lives entirely alone and sometimes is allowed to play with a glorified dog toy.
She is known in the media as the “World’s Loneliest Orca.” Kiska swims in total isolation in a barren fiberglass tank in Canada. Keeping a killer whale in solitary isolation is illegal in the United States. A former Marineland trainer who worked primarily with Kiska reported to the Toronto Star that the lonely orca is suffering from medical conditions and has an untreated injury that causes her to bleed intermittently from her tail fluke. Since Kiska has lost all her calves and closest companion, she is often seen logging listlessly at the surface of the water but continues vocalizing. On May 31, animal activists lined the road to Marineland silently protesting Kiska’s devastating living conditions.
(don’t worry, we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled ninja turtles programming soon)
(also sorry about the picture quality, i haven’t had a working scanner in awhile :()
Recently I’ve been reading extensively about Marineland Canada, a place I used to really enjoy visiting and whose animals are dear to my heart (Ontarians all know the “Everyone Loves Marineland” ear worm commercial!). Recently, after a lot of a research (and not being 13 any more) my stance on whale and dolphin captivity has changed significantly, where I no longer support it and don’t believe these animals, with all their self-awareness and smarts, do well there at all.
Marineland’s a prime example because Marineland, it turns out, is a literal whale death trap.