Monday, 19 October 2015

Marineland Orca Dies Four Months After Mother, Following Life Of Captivity

A young orca who spent his whole life in captivity has died, just four months after the death of his mother at the same marine park.

19-year-old Valentine, riddled with health problems, passed away after extreme weather hit southern France, leaving the tourist attraction submerged in contaminated water.

His death has sparked backlash from animal rights groups, who fear the conditions will also kill the four remaining orcas.

Sam Lipman, chair of Dolphinaria-Free Europe, said: "We are incredibly concerned for the four remaining orcas at Marineland Antibes, now more than ever. Over a week has gone by and the orcas are still languishing in dirty tank water.

"The facility still hasn't released any information about how it is planning to resolve this horrific situation, which has caused the deaths of many animals that it is responsible for."

Footage from earlier this month shows the mud-riddled exhibits that the animals are being kept in:

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