Now is the time. The Government of Ontario recently announced plans to essentially end orca captivity in Ontario forever. There was no mention of what was to happen to Kiska, the last captive orca remaining in Canada. Kiska resides at Marineland Canada, in a small, bland tank. She has suffered the loss of all 5 of her calves, as well as her tankmates, and now she lives entirely alone. The Government must address Kiska’s social isolation, and allow her to be moved to a facility that can better care for her. If Kiska absolutely cannot be moved (due to health for example) then Marineland must provide her with a companion (a dolphin) and upgrade her environment to suit her needs, as well as develop an in-depth enrichment program.
EVERYONE NEEDS TO SIGN AND SHARE NOW. Even people who are pro-captivity. THIS is the best way to help Kiska, and you know it. Do not continue to sit by and be complicit in her suffering.
Kiska was captured and torn from her family off the coast of Iceland in the late 1970s. She has lived at Marineland Canada ever since.
All of Kiska’s calves died by the age of 6. She has suffered the loss of every one of her tankmates and has lived completely alone since 20011, an unimaginable torture for an animal that thrives on the company of its own kind. The saddest sight to be seen at Marineland, Kiska is reduced to swimming laps or logging. She has no teeth left and is reported to be lethargic and chronically ill.
While it is great news that Ontario’s Bill 80 will make it illegal for Marineland to hold another orca ever again, it may also mean that Kiska will be doomed to live out the rest of her life in solitude - unless we do something about it.
Please help us by speaking out for Kiska. She will never be able to experience freedom again, but that doesn’t mean her life cannot be improved drastically.
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!
No matter which orca you look at, Keto, Morgan, Kiska (in Marineland, Canada), Lolita (in Miami Seaquarium, Florida), Tilikum himself or any of the 53 orca currently in captivity, they all have extremely tragic stories to be told. If the facilities who currently hold them truly do care, as they continually claim, we can only hope that they will do the right thing and remove these orca from concrete tanks, stop breeding them, act like responsible custodians and allow them to live out the rest of their lives in dignity and with a better quality of life.