Shouka Moves from a Life of Solitary Confinement

August 20, 2012

Shouka Moves from a life of Solitary Confinement

Late last night Shouka was moved from Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to SeaWorld San Diego.

And, over the past two years, Wendy Brunot and Vicky Bailey have invested an endless amount of time of persistent dedication; tenacity and self-sacrifice. All their hard work, ultimately, was the push needed that not only brought attention to Shouka’s predicament, but was enough to help change her situation to a better one.

Orca Conservancy is aware and whole-heartedly believes that captivity is not the answer. But we also realize that each and every captive orca has a story, and a past. Not every captive orca is a release candidate, and not every captive orca is a successful candidate for a sea pen. That is the stark reality. That is a fact.

As Shouka begins this new journey in her life, we are hopeful that her temperament will improve, that she will adjust and make friends with her orca counterparts. We wish her the best. And, based on the photo this is ‘proof positive’ that this was the best decision for her.

This is not a celebration, but it is bittersweet. This is what advocacy is all about; getting things done. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Shari Tarantino
President of the Board,
Orca Conservancy

About orcaconservancy

Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working on behalf of orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends. Successful Petitioner and Litigant in historic U.S. District Court case to list Southern Resident orcas as "Endangered" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act -- the first-ever federal protection for the population. Leader in the Springer Project, the first-ever successful translocation and reintroduction of a wild killer whale, a rescue that captured the attention of the world.
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