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Tilikum Is Lonely After Dawn

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Sea World is definitely lying to say that Tilikum is kept as he was after the death of his trainer Dawn Brancheau. He was totally neglected and lonely

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josie lim (131)
Friday September 17, 2010, 2:14 am
Thank you Claudia for forwarding this news. The world need to know how cruel and sadistic torture Tilly is experiencing.

Is there anything we can do to pressurise seaquarium to retire Tilly? I am not in US, but I am willing to do what I can.

There's a poll about whether Tilly should be retired in the site:

josie lim (131)
Friday September 17, 2010, 3:03 am
Sea World Facebook page:
Sea World Blog:

To see more factual pictures of Tilikum:

To see You Tube Video about Tilikum's case:

Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 3:32 am
Thank you for voting!
Absolutely, Yes! He has served enough time and deserves more than a life of solitary confinement. 82.98% (156 votes)

Perhaps it is a good idea for him - but would like to know more about how a sea pen works. 12.23% (23 votes)

No way! I think SeaWorld is taking perfect care of him. 3.72% (7 votes)

Total Votes: 188
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Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 3:38 am
Just set Tilikum FREE!!! I think this is Seaworlds personal vendetta on Tilikum for the demise of Dawn!! There is no other reason to release Tilikum to the sea.

Dawn would still be alive had it not been for Seaworld's callous and relentless greed to seek profit by abusing gifts of nature!!

Tilikoum's solitary confinement is a total violation of animal rights and a debasement on basic humanity!!

Margaret B (88)
Friday September 17, 2010, 3:41 am
This is no way to live! He is an "animal" doing what animals do....a human is no match for a killer whale, whether in play or not.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 17, 2010, 4:42 am
Thanks Josi for telling us,
So sorry for that.
Is there any petition or any thing we can do for help.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday September 17, 2010, 4:43 am
What beggars belief here is - the brainless people that keep orcas in captivity and the fact that they think they can 'punish' Tilikum into realising that he has done something wrong. The wrong is all there doing. It was unfortunate that a trainer got killed but orcas are not like household pets and Dawn knew the risks. Let Tilikum go free. We will sign every petition until his captors see reason and release him back into the wild.

Pam F (221)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:13 am
So heartbreaking, and so WRONG!
Voted and commented, thanks, Josie.

Gregory Hilbert (422)
Friday September 17, 2010, 6:35 am
Josie, thank you for your heart-felt appeal on Tilikum's behalf. I voted and commented "Abuse and killing of animals for “sport” and entertainment is immoral. The problem began when Tilikum was taken from the wild into captivity." Let us persist in our efforts for the sake of all life!

josie lim (131)
Friday September 17, 2010, 6:39 am
I have been reading back and forth for a regulatory office to report this condition and here is what I get:

To report violation of Animal Welfare Act:
Mailing Address:
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 1147 South Building
Washington, DC 20250

Phone: (202) 720-2511

The violation of AWA in Tilikum's case are:

Under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) separation is prohibited per 9CFR, section 3.109 – Separation:
"Marine mammals, whenever known to be primarily social in the wild, must be housed in their primary enclosure with at least one compatible animal of the same or biologically related species, except when the attending veterinarian, in consultation with the husbandry/training staff, determines that such housing is not in the best interest of the marine mammal’s health or well-being."

AWA regulations state under 9CFR Section 3.103 (b). Facilities, outdoor. Shelter:
"Natural or artificial shelter which is appropriate for the species concerned, when the local climatic conditions are taken into consideration, shall be provided for all marine mammals kept outdoors to afford them protection from the weather or from direct sunlight"

Please take time to write or call and deliver Tilikum's plea.
Please note also that under Tilikum's case: OSHA handed down their report along with citations of “willful” negligence to the safety of their trainers on August 24th

So it is NOT TILIKUM's FAULT that the trainer die. It is Seaworld's Complete Negligence

Again, please take time to report violations of AWA mentioned above. Whether in writing or verbal.


Alison A (244)
Friday September 17, 2010, 7:01 am
This is so sad, people continue to punish animals, but they are only doing what is normal for them, yet we insist that they act in a way that is normal for us! And we claim to be the most intelligent species, ha! We cant even acknowledge that animals do not know Languages and have never read a book on human law!

Noted and voted with thanks Josie.

Maria P (100)
Friday September 17, 2010, 7:04 am
Noted, voted and letter sent to the address Jossie provided. Thank you Jossie!

Anne T (286)
Friday September 17, 2010, 7:40 am
Voted and commented. Poor Tilly, has she not served enough of this life sentence?? What a sad and lonely existence..
Thank you Josie and Claudia!

Agnes W (141)
Friday September 17, 2010, 9:15 am
Thank you for sharing

Diane B (275)
Friday September 17, 2010, 10:55 am
Thanks a lot for sharing this

Friday September 17, 2010, 10:59 am
Thanks Josie!
Free Tilikum!

Thank you for voting!
Absolutely, Yes! He has served enough time and deserves more than a life of solitary confinement. 83.33% (160 votes)
Perhaps it is a good idea for him - but would like to know more about how a sea pen works. 11.98% (23 votes)
No way! I think SeaWorld is taking perfect care of him. 3.65% (7 votes)
Total Votes: 192

MmAway M (505)
Friday September 17, 2010, 11:09 am
Thank you heart aches for this wonderful creature living like this!

Eileen Novak (444)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:54 pm
How sad. For g_d's sakes, stop going to Sea World everyone! Close it.

Donna B (39)
Friday September 17, 2010, 5:57 pm
Incredible. Thanks for letting the world know how ridiculous this is.

Terry King (113)
Friday September 17, 2010, 6:46 pm
Don't hate the player,,, Hate the game! Stop supporting these exploitive amusement parks and attractions! Don't attend them, vocally disparage them, encourage your government entities to close the existing ones and deny permits to new ones! Use your activism and enthusiasm to solve this problem,,, We owe it to the animals!

josie batlles (44)
Friday September 17, 2010, 6:53 pm
oh this is so sad.....thank you so much for sharing x

Oishimaya Sen (66)
Friday September 17, 2010, 8:23 pm
thanks for sharing .

Diane B (275)
Friday September 17, 2010, 11:07 pm
Tilikum must liefe in freedom now. Thanks for sharing this

. (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 12:16 am
very sensitive....why the people do like this without reason? Why they can't understand the meaning of freedom? Why they can't understand that animal also want to be happy. Kevin Richardson is the person who makes friendship from animals like big cat(Loin) through love and understanding. I don't want any type of prison for anybody because I also want freedom.

josie lim (131)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 1:03 am
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josie lim (131)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 1:05 am
Other addresses to send report of violations by Seaquarium:


Mailing Address:
4700 River Road, Unit 84
Riverdale, MD 20737-1234

Phone: (301) 734-7833
Fax: (301) 734-4978

Western Region

Mailing Address:
2150 Centre Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117

Phone: (970) 494-7478
Fax: (970) 494-7461

Eastern Region

Mailing Address:
920 Main Campus Drive
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27606-5210

Phone: (919) 855-7100
Fax: (919) 855-7123


Past Member (0)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 10:25 am
how sad,thank you for sharing.

FulviaAway M (314)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 10:33 am
Thank you, Josephia! Voted. How sad...

Michela M (3964)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 11:38 am
PLEASE HELP TILIKUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 12:24 pm
Tilikum was not put in this world to entertain humanity! As with all animals they are meant to be free in their natural habitats with their own kind & species to live the life God intended them too. Free Tilikum & put a STOP to exploiting innocent animals for the entertainment of evil humans. We are not worthy of such to cause pain, cruelty, suffering, torture, abuse to such Wonderful creatures. Gods gift to enjoy them as they share their world with us, we should be so grateful! Thanks Josie.

Gudrun D (447)
Saturday September 18, 2010, 4:09 pm
The saddest reality is they're really lookiing to destroy the poor creature ...and they are in isolating him. Thanks Josie.

Victoria B (36)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:25 am
SET TILIKUM FREE !! ALSO BOYCOTT SEAWORLD FOR THEIR ABJECT CRUELTY - they are at fault not the Orca - they are out for vast profits, they can not be allowed to go these disgraceful things to these BEAUTIFUL AND INTELLEGENT ANIMALS. Free Tili !! FREE TILI , F*R*E*E - T* I *L*I !!

patricia lasek (317)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:58 am

Anna Borsey (66)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 3:09 pm
(Orcas) "stay together in matriarchal pods and have close family bonds for life. In fact, if he had never been captured from the wild, he’d be swimming next to his Mom at this very moment. Something that Tilikum doesn’t have in this artificial setting at SeaWorld – a family pod. Sadly, it is quite clear he is kept completely alone, something that would never happen in the wild. "

I am so very sad for Tilikum and I feel profoundly embarrassed at being human when I read about an animal trapped in a situation that is clearly very, very bad for the creature in question. Poor, miserable Tili orca! He must be grieving for his lost family. I never actually knew this about orcas, until I just read it on the linked site. Imagine, these huge mammals STAY with their Mother, siblings and extended family all of their lives! These creatures are social beings (somewhat like elephants, in fact) who depend on their Mother and other close family members for companionship and emotional support and nurturing! Is that wonderful, or what?

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 8:05 pm
DOH ! I just tried to enter this story here.Didn't know you posted it :) Thank you

josie lim (131)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 9:40 pm
I kind of wonder why haven't you post this in the first place Claudia. I thought something is happening that prevent you to post it so I took the move. Sorry. Thanks for forwarding the news again. I wish by now enough people complaint to USA about Tilly

josie lim (131)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 9:42 pm
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Anna Borsey (66)
Monday September 20, 2010, 3:38 am

What I really meant to say (except it was very late and my eyes and brain were protesting) was this:

When I read about situations such as the ghastly one that Tilikum is in, I feel profoundly ASHAMED of being human. Embarrassed is much too mild a term!

I have just now done some Internet research about orcas. They are most interesting creatures, and I advice anyone who is as ignorant about them as I was to read up on the subject.

Orcas are in fact a type of dolphin, and they are HIGHLY intelligent, as well as being highly social creatures. The more I read about them, the more I see the clear parallels with elephants. The name "killer whale" is grossly misleading. They are not whales at all, and they are not killers (in the sense that they attack and kill humans). They ARE predators and meat eaters, but so are lions, tigers, leopards, wolves etc etc etc - ALL of whom I have a profound love of and respect for.

josie lim (131)
Monday September 20, 2010, 4:00 am
Your second comment is as great as the first Anna. Orcas are really something. To pay "revenge" to someone else for your mistake is cowardly and childlike, and doing it in broad daylight under many eyes is downright self humiliating. THose people are... well... I guess I'd better keep it for myself. Otherwise I can be banned for profanity saga.

Patrizia S (315)
Monday September 20, 2010, 10:12 am

Karen Tucker (33)
Monday September 20, 2010, 5:43 pm
This story is really sad. These beautiful whales (and other other mammals) should be FREE to live in open waters as GOD created them to do - - - NOT kept to 'perform' in front of human audiences and then given 'treats' when they do well. The trainer's death was NOT the fault of the whale, in my opinion, and the whale does NOT deserve to locked away and kept from the other whales OR from human contact just BECAUSE the trainer died. People NEED to respect wild animals as well as love them. Wild Animals should NOT be caged up and made to 'perform' in ANY way whatsoever - - - they NEED to be FREE.

Shaheen N (64)
Wednesday September 22, 2010, 7:47 pm
Noted with a heavy heart,depressed at Tilikum situation.

Vaughan Jones (23)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 7:34 am
An absolute shame. Animals are not here to entertain tourists are they?

N Prabhakar Bandaru (12)
Sunday October 3, 2010, 3:50 am
other animals don't have conscience, but we have. we can't really judge them for their behavior as we don't understand them yet. its not fair to isolate tilikum this way. it should be set free. otherwise it should be left with its companions other than the show times to the least. don't leave it alone. it is bad and sad.
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