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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

Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Daniel Kaula
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 18, 2018 I. meszaros
Feb 17, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Feb 17, 2018 Lucy Kelly
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Feb 11, 2018 James Deep
Feb 7, 2018 William
Feb 5, 2018 Diane Tabbott
Feb 2, 2018 Tanya Lenn
Feb 1, 2018 Alysa Waring
Feb 1, 2018 Hayley Grant
Jan 27, 2018 Michael Henderson
Jan 23, 2018 Anne-Marie Sancho
Jan 22, 2018 Gail Miller
Jan 20, 2018 Attila Teberoglu
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 8, 2018 Joy Smiley
Jan 7, 2018 Rhoda Slanger
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Jan 3, 2018 Caterina Raviglione
Jan 2, 2018 Jo Ardell
Dec 30, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 28, 2017 marge beck
Dec 21, 2017 Odette Alexandrian
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Dec 19, 2017 T.J. Pitts
Dec 17, 2017 mauro torelli
Dec 17, 2017 charmaine macdonald
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Dec 13, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Dec 12, 2017 Sieglinda Preez
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
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Dec 4, 2017 Janice Banks
Nov 29, 2017 Anne Shackman
Nov 28, 2017 Michalla Mitchell
Nov 26, 2017 Niina Bejling
Nov 26, 2017 Pablo Bobe
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 20, 2017 Julie Hansen
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 Lane Herman It failed in America, and it will fail in your country too.
Nov 20, 2017 Roswitha Marcuzzi
Nov 19, 2017 Carol Cresswell
Nov 19, 2017 Roy Hunt
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 19, 2017 Elaine Alfaro

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