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Ever since the documentary "Blackfish" [1] showed the public the inhumane conditions endured by orcas at SeaWorld, there has been massive pushback against cetaceans being used for entertainment purposes.

But one year after SeaWorld announced they were abandoning their captive orca breeding program [2], a new program is opening in China with the help of the Chimelong Group, one of the country's biggest amusement park operators. [3]

On February 24th, 2017, The Chimelong Ocean Kingdom began an active breeding center for orcas. Currently, the park has five male orcas and four females, ranging in age from five-years-old to 13. These precious animals were taken directly from their wild habitats in the Sea of Okhotsk, Russia. [4]

Not only are these orcas being taken directly from the wild, they are being taken for the sole purpose of providing an attraction for a crowd and making money for an amusement company.

Animal cruelty and welfare laws are basically non-existent in China. They have some of the worst animal farming practices in the world, including Asiatic black bears which are supposed to be protected by the state. [6] The fact that it is entirely legal for China to keep orcas captive at all is a huge problem that needs to be rectified as soon as possible.

People around the world have already been up in arms about orca captivity, and many countries have agreed that it is simply better for these animals to be left in the wild. Right now, several cities in the United States, along with 15 other countries have all banned orca captivity of any kind from their countries. [5] And it is for very good reason.

Orcas are incredibly smart animals who live very intricate social lives with their pods. In captivity, they are entirely deprived of any social interaction they would normally have with in the wild. Their lifespans become stunted and many develop serious health issues well being imprisoned. With a daily range of close to 100 miles and the ability to dive almost 200 feet deep, no facility can accommodate their needs.

We can't continue to let orcas suffer, die, and be mistreated! People have no business keeping orcas captive! Chimelong Ocean Kingdom should neither have captive cetaceans, nor breed them!

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Dear Chimelong Group, and the State Forestry Administration of China,

Countries around the world have already banned the practice of keeping orcas in captivity, so why is China just now beginning a program that does what the rest of the world has deemed cruel?

We write to you asking that the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom's captive orca breeding program be stopped and the nine currently captive orcas be allowed to be free and go back to their homes in the wild where they belong.

These animals must be set free and the Chinese animal conservation legislation that allows the capture and breeding of these amazing creatures needs to be amended immediately so no more harm can come to orcas in China, and the rest of the world.

This kind of captive animal cruelty cannot continue.


Petition Signatures

Jul 15, 2018 Marlisa James
Jul 13, 2018 Donna Salisbury
Jul 12, 2018 irina antoshkina
Jul 6, 2018 Lawrence Toush
Jul 6, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina D. Serrano Martínez
Jul 1, 2018 Corey Clayton
Jul 1, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Jul 1, 2018 Ilona O'Beirne
Jun 30, 2018 Andrea Vos
Jun 29, 2018 christine Henri
Jun 29, 2018 Mary Ferraro
Jun 29, 2018 Alicia Orr
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 13, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 9, 2018 Daniel Powell Please don't damage the reputation of your great country by slaughtering these beautiful intelligent creatures, instead set an example for the world and stop this needless atrocity..
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Mark Farr Please stop and this horrible treatment of these beautiful creatures, please learn from what the rest of the world has done.
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Kuschel
Jun 8, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
May 30, 2018 Joyce Dolence
May 28, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 27, 2018 wendy bailey-hill
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May 26, 2018 susan Lane
May 25, 2018 Robin Riley
May 25, 2018 Jackie Godbout
May 25, 2018 Angela Tafoya
May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 24, 2018 Kiri Talbot
May 23, 2018 Roseann Maziarek
May 23, 2018 Gerri Elliott
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 DALE KASMAN
May 22, 2018 Peter Fell
May 22, 2018 Lori Grochowski
May 22, 2018 Marti Worth
May 21, 2018 M T
May 21, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
May 21, 2018 Lisa Relihan-Northrup
May 21, 2018 Joan Colgrove
May 21, 2018 Tina Collins
May 21, 2018 Gilly Lloyd
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May 21, 2018 Caroline Harris protect orcas
May 21, 2018 Kate Evans

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