|posted on February 9, 2017|
Here is a Lifeforce Valentine Day card that you can send to your friends that is a cause to truly love.
Since 1981 Lifeforce has campaigned for freedom that would stop the captivity of orcas, belugas, and other sentient creatures with whom we share this planet. We have helped protect the Pacific West Coast orcas decimated by the orca slave trade started by the Vancouver Aquarium.
This plight continues so this Valentine Day hopefully you will give thought to wild and domestic animal who need our help.
Lifeforce’s accomplishments continue s to grow. Your donations are very important for Lifeforce to continue to help all those who need our help. See http://lifeforcefoundation.org/support.php to make a donation.
Let us all give a Happy Valentine Day for All Life!
It was under a Canadian Research Permit that Peter Hamilton helped protect the Pacific West Coast orcas decimated by the orca slave trade started by the Vancouver Aquarium.
Lifeforce’s accomplishments continue s to grow. In 1982 Lifeforce helped stop the last attempt to capture orcas in BC. And in 1990 we exposed the inhumane capture of belugas for aquariums worldwide. Currently we are campaigning to strengthen the Vancouver Cetacean Bylaw to finally phase out their captivity.
|posted on January 24, 2017|
News: Big Step Closer to Cetacean Ban
Lifeforce Founder, Peter Hamilton, states, “True Whale Protection Wisdom Wins! The Vancouver Board will seek a Staff Report that would look at the most effective ways to phase out cetacean captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium. This will include improving the 1996 Cetacean Bylaw to definitely phase out captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium!
Previously to the meeting the Parks Board Chair stated: “... the board got a legal opinion to the effect that the board couldn’t dictate the handling of whales through its lease with the aquarium, but the board could change its own bylaws to ban whales from its parks.”
Lifeforce urged the Vancouver Park Board to implement plans that will definitely lead to the end of cetacean captivity. A plebiscite in 2018 is not good news! The Aquarium plans to build more pools in 2017. Aquariums expansions and other operations are fund by governments. That’s our tax monies! And More Pools Means More Whales!
Any delay tactic would be the 2018 referendum proposed by Kirby-Young who was formerly a Vancouver Aquarium employee. That 2-year delay would jeopardize the phase out of cetaceans.
It is time that the Board uses their Vancouver Charter jurisdiction to restrict animals in any city park by strengthening the Cetacean Bylaw. In 1996 all parties did agree on the phase out goal but the Vancouver Aquarium got it watered it down over the years.
Needless to say that after 52 years later with at least 52 deaths it is time to stop cetacean captivity. We saw the public disapproval of a new zoo expansion after seeing the neurotic, stereotypical behaviours of animals. They saw the polar bears pacing back and forth and back and forth with bleeding paws and now they are learning about the dolphins swimming around and around and around in the tiny, barren tanks.
Let’s help whales and dolphins by phasing out captivity with a stronger Cetacean Bylaw!
Thanks to all who sent emails to the Vancouver Parks Board Commissioners.
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|posted on January 20, 2017|
Re: Please Strengthen the Cetacean Bylaw!
Lifeforce urges the Vancouver Park Board to discuss plans that will definitely lead to the end of cetacean captivity. A referendum may not be good news!
It is time that the Board uses your jurisdiction to restrict animals in any city park by strengthening the Cetacean Bylaw. In 1996 all parties did agree on the phase out goal in 1996 but the Vancouver Aquarium got it watered it down over the years.
Would the Vancouver Aquarium actually agree to an unconditional moratorium on bringing in cetaceans until any referendum results? Will that include a moratorium on the planned expansion of new whale pools in 2017?
It is more likely that any “moratorium” would include using the pools for their ongoing collection of “rescues” that will suffer from imprisonment and unnecessary experiments. Of course some will be deemed not suitable for release by the Vancouver Aquarium veterinarian (who advises DFO) while they release some as a public relations ploy for public support for any future referendum.
The Board must also insist on a new building permit application because the present one is 10 years old and expansion plans have changed? What are the new plans?
Will the Board guarantee:
- That all rescue, rehab, and release for cetaceans be done at the center at the foot of Main Street or at the station on Popham Island where they wanted to hold the young orca Springer in a sea pen. They finally completed a proper, sterile facility.
- No “rescued” cetacean would be held at the aquarium. It would be too much of a health risk to use the existing aquarium pools because of the unclear deaths of the two belugas. Toxins can be caused by the captivity issues. There would not be “hospital peace and quiet” in a crowded public area. One way windows and sound barriers would have to be created. The off site, non public building should be used.
Needless to say that after 52 years later with at least 52 deaths it is time to stop cetacean captivity. We saw the public disapproval of a new zoo expansion after seeing the neurotic, stereotypical behaviours of animals. They saw the polar bears pacing back and forth and back and forth with bleeding paws and now they are learning about the dolphins swimming around and around and around in the tiny, barren tanks. Let’s help them and phase out captivity with a better Cetacean Bylaw!
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|posted on January 6, 2017|
Tillikum Brought Hope to End Cetacean Captivity
The orca known as “Tillikum” has died at the estimated young age of 36 (Males live up to 60 years in the wild). He and two females were captured off Iceland following a joint Lifeforce/Greenpeace campaign that stopped Sealand of the Pacific’s plan to capture endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales near Victoria, BC.
Lifeforce Founding Director predicted that he would kill others after the death of Keltie Byrne at Sealand, Victoria, BC in 1991. Lifeforce made recommendations in response to the BC inquest and when Sealand announced plans to sell the orcas to Sea World Lifeforce advised Sea World owners to never put people into the pools with “Tilly
In 1999, a 27-year-old man named Daniel P. Dukes trespassed into the pool and found dead. In 2010 Tillikum that contributed to a third human death. This time it was a trainer at Sea World, Florida. In 1991 he and two others caused the death of a trainer at the now defunct Sealand of the Pacific, Victoria, Canada.
In 2012 Judge Ken Welsch has made his decision in the SeaWorld vs OSHA case. SeaWorld tried to overturn the fines against them following the horrific death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in Florida. The judge upheld that SeaWorld was responsible in death of trainer.
SeaWorld’s contention that it was unaware working with killer whales presents a recognized hazard was refuted by former trainers and information provided by Lifeforce . Lifeforce’s Peter Hamilton provided documentation proving that SeaWorld was fully aware that “Tilikum” and two female orcas were a danger and did kill the Sealand trainer. The documentation included Lifeforce recommendations presented to a Coroners’ Inquest and numerous Lifeforce letters to SeaWorld owners and management. When the orcas were to be sold to SeaWorld Lifeforce urged them to not use them in shows with employees. It was then that Lifeforce’s Peter Hamilton predicted that “Tilikum” could kill again.
Physical and psychological abuse
As with other orcas and dolphins imprisoned in aquarium tanks there was a 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" for approximately 12 hours every night. 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 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 of court. In 2004 Tillikum's son Ky attacked a trainer in Texas.
Lifeforce Activist’s Rare Footage in Blackfish Movie.
“Tilly’ was in the documentary “Blackfish” that raised public awareness of the plight of captive orcas.
After the death of a whale trainer in the early 90s, activist Peter Hamilton obtained photographic evidence of the abuse of three orcas at Sealand of the Pacific, Victoria. During a covert operation Lifeforce obtained footage of the secret “holding module”. This “prison” was only approximately 25’ x 30’ x 12’. The orcas were locked up every night. They suffered physically and psychologically. Captivity causes abnormal aggressive behaviours.
“Tillikum brought hope to end all cetacean captivity. Lifeforce hopes that Tillikum’s involvement in the death of three people will eventually lead to the death of cetacean captivity at aquariums such as the Vancouver Aquarium,” stated Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Director, “All dolphins suffered when they are sentenced to life in an aquarium prison and they can cause severe injuries and deaths.”
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Lifeforce in Canada's National newspaper Globe and Mail
Killer whale dies.