37424 Signatures Collected
Go back to the petition

Sign This Petition

French President Emmanuel Macron, https://www.elysee.fr/en/contact/

**your signature**

Sign Now
  By signing, you accept Lady Freethinker’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and agree to receive email updates on this and other issues. You can unsubscribe at any time.
37,424 signatures

Share this petition

   

PETITION TARGET: French President Emmanuel Macron

Two orcas in France are reportedly being readied to leave the marine park where they are being kept in cruel captivity — but where they are being transferred to has not been disclosed. The mother and son orca may be at risk of being separated and sold to marine parks overseas, as reported by Connexion France. We are calling for these intelligent orcas to be allowed to live in a sanctuary.

Orca Wikie (22) and her son Keijo (10) are awaiting their fate following the recent deaths of their orca relatives who died just six months apart at the Marineland d’Atibes park. 

Wikie’s 12-year-old son, Moana, allegedly suffered from lesions before he reportedly died from what the park reportedly described as “acute bacterial septicaemia” (or bacterial blood poisoning), according to Connexion France. A few months later, Wikie’s brother, Inouk, tragically died after swallowing a small piece of metal, causing severe abdominal inflammation, as reported by dayFREURO.

Injuries and early death are tragically common for orcas kept in captivity. The longer Wikie and Keijo remain in captivity, the more at risk they are of dying.

Orcas also suffer emotionally in captivity. These whales are extremely intelligent, highly social animals who live and travel in close-knit, multi-generational families called pods. Scientists have witnessed whales grieving the loss of their pod members, showing depressive-like behaviors, including “weeping,” according to Smithsonian.

Orcas also have an innate need to exercise, swimming up to 40 miles per day and diving as deep as 500 feet multiple times each day. Living in captivity cannot provide this amount of activity and has proven to cause zoochosis in orcas — unnatural patterns that can lead to self-harm due to boredom and stress, according to National Geographic. This could be seen in the toothless Inouk, who wore his teeth down to nubs chewing on the pool’s cement, which also caused mouth ulcers and abscesses.

No orca should suffer in captivity or be made to “entertain” humans.

Sign our petition for Wikie and Keijo be sent to a reputable sanctuary where they will be protected and allowed to safely enjoy natural orca behaviors for the rest of their lives together.