On the night of October 17 to 18, Moana, one of the four orcas still captive at Marineland Antibes, died. In the wild, an orca can live up to 60 or even 90 years. Moana only experienced 12 years of a miserable life in the concrete pools where he was born. He will never have experienced the ocean.
Moana was the third orca in the world born by artificial insemination, and the first in Europe. His mother Wikie (22 years old) is still at Marineland with Inouk (23 years old) and his brother Keijo (9 years old). In its press release, the park refers to a “sudden and unexpected” death – but which is nevertheless not surprising. In September, an expert opinion on the state of health of Moana and Inouk was ordered following a request from the One Voice association, noting repetitive and stereotypical behaviors – symptoms of strong psychological distress – among the two orcas, as well as subdermal lesions for Moana.
While in their natural environment orcas share complex family bonds and swim more than 100 km a day, at Marineland they circle in narrow concrete tanks and are forced to perform acts in exchange for food. Animals pay dearly for this life of distress, boredom and loneliness, and often die prematurely from stress-related illnesses.
PETA has been campaigning for years to one day end the captivity of marine animals. We contacted Marineland several times to request the transfer of the animals to suitable sanctuaries, organized actions in Antibes and launched campaigns with celebrities to obtain the release of the orcas. PETA USA even purchased shares in Marineland's parent company, Parques Reunidos, for an opportunity to stake its claim within the company.
The cruel and unjustified confinement of these intelligent mammals is unacceptable. Although Marineland can no longer go back to repair the damage the company has caused, there is still time to give their surviving slaves a decent end of life, by transferring them to a coastal sanctuary to restore some semblance of their existence. of natural life.
Orcas need help
Help orcas and other marine animals by never buying tickets to marine parks or aquariums, and take action below by asking Parques Reunidos to retire orcas Wikie, Inouk and Keijo:
Written by :
- Marie J. - PETA France