A lot of people seem to be under the impression that this whole debate is just about Seaworld. That we hate Seaworld and want to see it shut down. But really this is about all cetaceans in captivity. It doesn’t matter if Seaworld truly cares about their cetaceans or if Seaworld takes excellent care of them (that’s an argument for another post) because even if it was true that Seaworld’s cetaceans are thriving I will continue to fight for all the other cetaceans who are in even worse conditions.
This isn’t about Seaworld. This is about these cetaceans everywhere. This is about intelligent animals being abused in horrendous conditions. Every time these things are brought up someone makes it about Seaworld but I think it shows a lot about you if the only thing you care about in this debate is how the orcas at Seaworld are treated.
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!
May 19, 2015 — KISKA, ONTARIO’S LAST SURVIVING CAPTIVE ORCA HAS A CHANCE AT A BETTER LIFE, BUT NOT IF YOU DON’T HELP TODAY!
The Government of Ontario has put forward Bill 80, Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Act 2015, a bill that will prohibit the breeding, acquisition and possession of orcas (killer whales). Unfortunately, Kiska, Canada’s last captive orca, isn’t going to be included in the ban. This means Kiska could spend the rest of her life in social isolation. You can help make sure this doesn’t happen, but you have to act quickly.
In fact, you can give help to other whales and dolphins at the same time. After all, it doesn’t make sense to ban orcas, but not the other whales and dolphins who share many of the same biological, behavioural and social attributes as orcas. They should be also be included in the ban.
This is the last chance for Kiska and other whales and dolphins. Bill 80 will be discussed on Monday May 25th and that’s the final chance for Bill 80 to be amended. Please call or email Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario this week and tell her:
1)That you appreciate the Government of Ontario moving in the right direction by prohibiting the breeding, acquisition and possession of orcas (killer whales),
2)That you believe Kiska should be included in the orca ban as she shares the attributes (such as her large size and her wide-ranging, deep diving, highly social lifestyle) as her wild counterparts. If she is not included in the orca whale prohibition ban, it will ensure she spends the rest of her life in social isolation.
3)That Ontario should prohibit all whales and dolphins in captivity for the same reason,
4)That tens of thousands of Ontarians and millions of animal lovers around the world will see the Government of Ontario as compassionate and progressive if Bill 80 is amended to include Kiska and other whales and dolphins.
Please contact Premier Kathleen Wynne at;
PHONE - 416-325-1941 (as to speak to her assistant)
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.
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.