Wednesday, December 08, 2010

more on Tilikum, the sperm whale at Sea World

Yesterday I noticed a tremendous spike in the visits to camera-obscura - huge numbers, out of the blue. I investigated and discovered that the crowds were coming from Google searches for Tilikum and sperm collection.

You may remember that I heard a story on NPR several months back that so incensed me I wrote a blog post about it. You can go back and read it HERE.

Apparently, and who knew, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and I have something in common. We both find the fact that Tillikum is being held captive for use as a sperm bank unconscionable. We also find the method they are using to collect the sperm, as Tommy Lee put it, "sick and twisted."

Tommy Lee wrote a letter to Sea World. Perhaps we should all follow his example.

See the article HERE.

There is also a wonderful article of this on Psychology Today's blog. I hope everyone who comes here will read THIS and do something today to speak out about yet another example of humans using animals for gain even if it means a life of suffering for the animal.


Sheaffer has requested information on how to speak out on this issue. I'm searching and will add info as I find it online.

To start, here's an easy online letter you can send via PETA:  CLICK HERE.

As best I can determine, Sea World is owned by Blackstone Corporation. Here is the info - write and mail, write and fax, or call!  If I can find any email info, I will add it here later.

The Blackstone Group
Stephen A. Schwarzman
Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154
Phone:+1 212 583 5000
Fax: +1 212 583 5749


ponymaid said...

Billie, this is just so heartbreakingly sad - and completely unnecessary. Where can we go to make our voices heard? What can we do to stop this? That poor despairing whale is doomed - and more horrifying still, he is being used to create more prisoners.

billie said...

Sheaffer, I did a little investigating and found a couple of options for requesting that something be done to help not only Tilikum, but all the captive orcas.

ponymaid said...

Billie, thank you! I have advised the woman to make as much of a nuisance of herself as possible on the subject - being a nuisance is something at which she excels.

Grey Horse Matters said...

This poor whale. I wish there were a way to get him released and have him live a normal free life. We humans certainly have some strange ideas about how to treat animals in captivity. What a shame.

billie said...

Sheaffer, you're most welcome. The Woman's ability to help animals is, imo, directly related to her extreme persistence!

billie said...

Arlene, I know. Some days I just can't even think about stuff like this. The idea that some huge Park Avenue investment company owns these animals and considers them money-making tools is simply beyond the pale of what I believe and hold true. The Psychology Today article broke my heart, although it wasn't new info to me.