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TILLIKUM: A TIME FOR CHANGE

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Uploaded on Mar 8, 2010

The debate continues over the orca (killer whale) known as Tillikum who contributed to a third human death. This time a trainer at Sea World. In 1991 he and two others caused the death of a trainer at the now defunct Sealand of the Pacific, Victoria, Canada. As with other orcas and dolphins imprisoned in aquarium tanks there is an extreme history of physical and psychological abuse. In this case, during evenings Tillikum and two females were lock up in a steel pen called the "holding module". It measured only approximately 25' x 30' . And it was only 12' deep.

Nootka IV was sent to SeaWorld Florida. She died after 12 years of captivity. Haida II and son Ky were sent to SeaWorld Texas. Haida died after 19 years of captivity. In the wild, females can live over 90 years.

There are many injuries at SeaWorlds and other aquariums - some very serious. Many are not made public and settled out out of court. In 2004 Tillikum's son Ky attacked a trainer.

Lifeforce is calling for an inquest into the recent death.

Please help Lifeforce stop the captivity. For further information and making a donation: www.lifeforcefoundation.org

Note: Over the years the name of this orca has been spelled in different ways. He was also called "Tilly".

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