Target: David Rosen, Marine Mammal Expert from the University of Columbia
Goal: Commend efforts to end the inhumane practice of breeding, selling and buying captive killer whales.
Ontario, Canada is set to ban breeding of captive killer whales, as well as purchasing and selling killer whales. There has been a wave of positive change in the captive marine mammal industry since the documentary “Blackfish” was released, which exposed many negative aspects of the industry. This particular change in Ontario is due to a study released by a team of scientists led by David Rosen, a marine mammal expert at the University of Columbia. Rosen’s study concluded that current enclosures for captive apex predators are inadequate to maintain the health of the animals living in them.
Ontario’s Community Safety Minister, Yasir Naqvi, is fully behind this ban. He publicly stated that the main concern of Ontario’s community is the health and well-being of the captive whales. Currently, the enclosures whales are kept in are inadequate. In the wild, killer whales live with numerous other whales, swim great distances every day, and dive up to 500 feet in search of food. Modern pens fall epically short of satisfying the typical lifestyle of a killer whale.
It is not yet evident whether this ban will push other communities to follow suit. It will surely stop practices of breeding and purchasing killer whales in Ontario, partially because the penalty will be set to a fine of $60,000 or two years in prison from the first conviction. This is a necessary step to help killer whales live peaceful lives. Sign this petition to applaud and support this ban in Ontario.
Dear Mr. Rosen,
You recently led a scientific study that proves captive killer whales are not cared for properly. Your team and you concluded that current tanks and environments that captive orcas are kept in are severely insufficient. Your work has inspired Ontario, Canada, to ban marine parks from breeding, selling, or purchasing killer whales. This is a huge accomplishment, one that deserves praise and recognition.
Ever since the documentary “Blackfish” surfaced, establishments that hold killer whales captive have been scrutinized, studied, and, in some cases, regulated by the government. Whether or not your research was inspired by this documentary, you have an immense impact on the lives of whales, just as the film did.
As you are aware, killer whales do not belong in captivity. To keep them in tiny tanks is abusive and unnecessary for any education or purpose. Please continue to do all that you can to help captive killer whales live fulfilling lives. Your efforts and compassion are incredible.
[Your Name Here]
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