Following a serious and gruesome injury to an orca in an
avoidable attack, PETA has submitted a complaint asking the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to take disciplinary action against SeaWorld for housing orcas
incompatibly in violation of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

As you can see in these disturbing photographs, Nakai, an 11-year-old
male orca at SeaWorld in San Diego, sustained a laceration so significant that,
as a whistleblower said
, “a dinner plate-sized chunk of his lower mandible [has been] sheared off,
exposing underlying tissues, and bone.” The flesh cut from him “was
big enough and intact enough for SeaWorld to retrieve it from the bottom of the
pool.”

According to the whistleblower’s report, Nakai’s injury was
a result of “a major altercation” between Nakai and two other orcas,
Keet and Ikaika. The AWA makes it clear that “marine mammals that are not
compatible must not be housed in the same enclosure.” Yet SeaWorld parks
have a long history
of housing incompatible orcas from widely divergent groups together in
enclosures—and the result has been stress, agitation, aggressive and bloody raking, serious injury, and
death.

What You Can Do

It’s clear that SeaWorld can’t be trusted to make the safety
and well-being of marine animals its top priority. Please don’t ever visit
SeaWorld (or any other marine-mammal park)—and tell officials why you won’t support the abuse of Nakai and the other intelligent, complex animals
they’ve imprisoned and enslaved.

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Article source: PETA Files

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