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stolendolphins:

loveroforcas:

SeaWorld has announced that they will not be pursing further appeals to reinstate waterworks. “The safety of our staff and the welfare of our animals are SeaWorld’s highest priorities, and since February 2010 we have made significant safety improvements. … We are focused on the implementation of those improvements moving forward,” SeaWorld said in a prepared statement. “As such, we opted not to pursue further appeal of the court’s decision, which was based on how we were conducting our killer whale program prior to February 2010.” It is believed that after being denied their previous appeal to OSHA in April, that SeaWorld decided it was not worth taking it to the supreme court. Waterworks were stopped following the death of senior trainer Dawn Brancheau in February 2010. SeaWorld spent approximately $70 million on fast rising floors in hopes of increasing trainer safety. They may now only be used for desensitization with the animals, increasing the safety in the event that a person ever happens to accidentally fall into the pools.

I do hope this is true.Corporate SW cares as much about it’s staff as it does it’s “stock”.

stolendolphins:

loveroforcas:

SeaWorld has announced that they will not be pursing further appeals to reinstate waterworks. “The safety of our staff and the welfare of our animals are SeaWorld’s highest priorities, and since February 2010 we have made significant safety improvements. … We are focused on the implementation of those improvements moving forward,” SeaWorld said in a prepared statement. “As such, we opted not to pursue further appeal of the court’s decision, which was based on how we were conducting our killer whale program prior to February 2010.” It is believed that after being denied their previous appeal to OSHA in April, that SeaWorld decided it was not worth taking it to the supreme court. Waterworks were stopped following the death of senior trainer Dawn Brancheau in February 2010. SeaWorld spent approximately $70 million on fast rising floors in hopes of increasing trainer safety. They may now only be used for desensitization with the animals, increasing the safety in the event that a person ever happens to accidentally fall into the pools.

I do hope this is true.
Corporate SW cares as much about it’s staff as it does it’s “stock”.

(via stumpytheorca)

humanelongisland:

Never Forget Tyke
Tyke, a 20-year-old female African elephant, was in Honolulu with Circus International. On August 20, 1994, during the show, Tyke entered the ring at the Blaisdell Arena, kicking around what looked to audience members like a dummy. “We thought it was part of the show,” one witness told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.They soon realized the supposed dummy was a severely injured groomer. Panicked, audience members fled for the exits. Tyke went on to fatally crush her trainer — who was trying to intervene — before fleeing the arena herself.For nearly 30 minutes, Tyke ran through the streets of the Kakaako neighborhood’s business district at rush hour, nearly trampling circus promoter Steve Hirano when he tried to fence her in. It was a foot chase between her and the Honolulu police, who eventually shot her 87 times before she succumbed to nerve damage and brain hemorrhages. People watched aghast from their cars, apartments and the sidewalk.Read more: http://bit.ly/tyketheelephantPlease share and encourage everyone you know to #BoycottTheCircus!

humanelongisland:

Never Forget Tyke

Tyke, a 20-year-old female African elephant, was in Honolulu with Circus International. On August 20, 1994, during the show, Tyke entered the ring at the Blaisdell Arena, kicking around what looked to audience members like a dummy. “We thought it was part of the show,” one witness told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

They soon realized the supposed dummy was a severely injured groomer. Panicked, audience members fled for the exits. Tyke went on to fatally crush her trainer — who was trying to intervene — before fleeing the arena herself.

For nearly 30 minutes, Tyke ran through the streets of the Kakaako neighborhood’s business district at rush hour, nearly trampling circus promoter Steve Hirano when he tried to fence her in. It was a foot chase between her and the Honolulu police, who eventually shot her 87 times before she succumbed to nerve damage and brain hemorrhages. People watched aghast from their cars, apartments and the sidewalk.

Read more: http://bit.ly/tyketheelephant

Please share and encourage everyone you know to #BoycottTheCircus!

(via cetacean-lover)

meettheelephants:

Photos taken by my cousin last year. This is Schell (49), and Marie (40).

Schell has been with Tarzan Zerbini for 26 years, and Marie for 4. As far as I know they don’t actually perform, and only give rides but that in itself is bad enough, and moving elephants frequently causes lots of stress and neurological problems. *EDIT* They do indeed perform. Both of these ladies display stereotypical behaviour that include swaying, “dancing”, and head bobbing.

Tarzan Zerbini has had 9 elephants, all wild caught, 5 now dead, one dead of Tuberculosis, 2 still travelling, and 2 are now living at two tails ranch. Two tails is a lot like Have a Trunk Will Travel, being a stationary circus that also rents elephants out, but presents itself as a sanctuary which it indeed is not.

In all of the pictures, especially the third, notice the bullhook in the keepers hand.

fightingforwhales:

I can’t believe procaps are reblogging that Awesome Ocean article in support.

I’ve read some pretty stupid procap articles, but I think this one takes the cake. C’mon, I thought tumblr procaps were smarter this…

Confirmation bias. 💀

(via teamorkid)

cute-whales:

fightingforwhales:

New photo of Valentin. 

There are some photos where his dorsal fin looks nearly collapsed, and then there are ones like this that make it look perfectly upright. I guess only time will tell if it collapses fully.

It still has it’s bend. It’s just towards us. When underwater, the buoyancy may be making it go a bit upright, making it look more straighter than it is. On land gravity does it’s job and probably continues to enforce it’s downward spiral.

http://instagram.com/p/r0KbFwspXv/Better look of said bend!

cute-whales:

fightingforwhales:

New photo of Valentin.

There are some photos where his dorsal fin looks nearly collapsed, and then there are ones like this that make it look perfectly upright. I guess only time will tell if it collapses fully.

It still has it’s bend. It’s just towards us. When underwater, the buoyancy may be making it go a bit upright, making it look more straighter than it is. On land gravity does it’s job and probably continues to enforce it’s downward spiral.

http://instagram.com/p/r0KbFwspXv/

Better look of said bend!

fightingforwhales:

New photo of Valentin. 

There are some photos where his dorsal fin looks nearly collapsed, and then there are ones like this that make it look perfectly upright. I guess only time will tell if it collapses fully.

It still has it’s bend. It’s just towards us. When underwater, the buoyancy may be making it go a bit upright, making it look more straighter than it is. On land gravity does it’s job and probably continues to enforce it’s downward spiral.

fightingforwhales:

New photo of Valentin.

There are some photos where his dorsal fin looks nearly collapsed, and then there are ones like this that make it look perfectly upright. I guess only time will tell if it collapses fully.

It still has it’s bend. It’s just towards us. When underwater, the buoyancy may be making it go a bit upright, making it look more straighter than it is. On land gravity does it’s job and probably continues to enforce it’s downward spiral.

I'm an anti-cap and I'm dating someone who absolutely doesn't really care about wether or not these animals are treated right. He believes they are and he's majorly pro-cap. It's annoying sometimes but we try to avoid discussions as much as possible.

— Asked by all-about-the-oceans

fightingforwhales:

I don’t know if I could handle that. But good on you for doing so!

I couldn’t handle that. I’m thankful of having a bf that’s receptive and open to these sort of things. It’s like an additional leg of happiness when he himself delves into the subject and finds interesting stuff to share with me uvu

Serious inquiry.

But I actually may need a roommate in Vancouver to move in with on June -August 2016.

If anyone’s would possibly find this coincidental or interesting, do hit me up!