Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Free Tilly: 'People for Tilikum’s Law' NYC Protest Today April 20th at 5:00pm

New York Animal Activists Hold a Demonstration Today to Demand that the Blackstone Group/SeaWorld Release Tilikum to a Sanctuary, and Demand that the United States Department of Agriculture-APHIS Use Their Authority to Remove Tilikum from SeaWorld

'People for Tilikum’s Law':
“Ban possession of captive whales and dolphins for entertainment”

New York Animal Activists have announced a rally for today, Tuesday, April 20th at 5:00 pm at the Blackstone Group’s office building (345 Park Avenue, at 51st Street). The rally is being held to mark the two month anniversary of the death of the trainer at SeaWorld and the continued refusal of SeaWorld to release Tilikum. Tilikum has been held in captivity for over twenty six years and is suffering.

The Blackstone Group Owns SeaWorld. SeaWorld bought Tilikum back in 1992. They have held many captive whales and dolphins there in abnormal conditions. The trainer’s death in February 2010, has renewed the controversy that has always existed in keeping these whales and dolphins captive. Media coverage of this trainer’s death was widely reported and discussed. SeaWorld's profit making off of the whales and dolphins that they keep imprisoned, is compromising the investigation of the animal abuse that is occurring there.

People for Tilikum's Law will file a animal abuse complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and demand that the USDA-APHIS, investigate and examine the psychological suffering as well as the physical conditions that Tilkum is experiencing. Animal activists demand that action be taken by the USDA, APHIS, to remove Tilikim from SeaWorld.

The only real way to stop the exploitation of these intelligent and complex marine mammals, is to pass a Tilikum’s Law which would ban all people, including aquarium parks like SeaWorld, from possessing and breeding whales and dolphins for entertainment purposes. The whales and dolphins are ripped from their natural habitat, the ocean, and forced to perform while they are kept in small concrete pools. They are kept in conditions that are physically and psychologically destructive. Activists want the public to become a force for change and support a Tilikum’s Law that would make it illegal to keep these animals and use them for entertainment and money making purposes.

If you would like more information about this topic please call Edda Ness, Esq., MSW at (212) 689-7918 or ECNess@legal-aid.org

Additional Information

Jean-Michel Cousteau comments on the tragedy on when trainer Dawn Brancheau was dragged into the water and killed by Tilikum, an orca at Sea World’s Orlando park. This is the third death associated with Tilikum while in captivity.

"The tragic death of the trainer suggests that maybe we have outgrown the need to keep such wild, enormous, complex, intelligent and free-ranging animals in captivity, where their behavior is not only unnatural, it can become pathological." – Jean-Michel Cousteau

“...building a tank the size of Rhode Island wouldn’t be large enough for a six-ton male such as Tilikum, an animal capable of swimming 100 miles in a day.” - Whale Expert

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