Ocean Advocate News was recently contacted by June Bird Killington, animal activist and founder of SeaWorld Shut Down in Queensland, Australia. Killington is a 57 year old gran who has organised many animal welfare campaigns for 30 years. Mostly in NSW, she has only been in QLD for 3 years. She raised $40,000 for Animal Liberation NSW at one stage via international celebrities donating their personal items for her to sell on eBay.
According to Killington, Sea World Gold Coast Australia have caught dolphins from the ocean since the 1970s plus they breed them in captivity.
Killington has gained the support of celebrities around the world by signing the petition and sharing her message on their Facebook and Twitter page including Anthony La Paglia, Simon Cowell, Pamela Anderson, Olivia Newton John, Ricky Gervais, Bryan Adams, Matt Damon, Matthew Modine, Willy Nelson, Cher,Rachel Hunter, Tommy Lee, Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Woody Harrelson, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Courtney Cox, Dave Navarro, Mariska Hargitay, James Gandolfini, John Leguizamo, Russell Simmons, Olivia Wilde, Scout LaRue Willis, Russell Brand, Joan Jett, Howard Stern, Aaron Paul (from 'Breaking Bad'), Kathy Najimy, Niki Taylor, Hayden Panettiere, Mayim Bialik, Meg Matthews, Chet Faker, Wil Anderson, Todd McKenny, Christine Anu, Steve Kilbey, Marcia Hines, Sia, Tyson Beckford, Sinnitta, Ewan McGregor, Steve-O, Conan O'Brien, Elvira, Josh Groban, Jason Biggs, Motley Crue, Arianna Grande, Krysten Ritter, Chloe Lattanzi, Sharni Vinson, Samantha Fox, Alexandra Paul, Jonathan Coleman, Alyce Platt, The Veronicas, Lincoln Lewis, Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Livinia Nixon, Former Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic, Havana Brown, Cheyenne Tozzi, Silvana Philippoussis, Ella Hooper, Annalise Braakensiek who all say:
"AUSSIE DOLPHINS HAVE BEEN STOLEN FROM THE OCEAN AND SOME BRED IN CAPTIVITY BUT ALL ARE FORCED TO PERFORM DAILY AT SEA WORLD ON THE GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND."
As powerful as this support is, it is not enough.
Please help spread the word and send a clear message that SeaWorld Gold Coast’s exploitation is not acceptable by signing and sharing the petition.
Killington's petition will be delivered to Aileen Forrester and Trevor Long (Marine Science Directors at Sea World), as well as to other powers in QLD and to the media.
While the rescue and rehabilitation program is commendable, it is not necessary to capture and breed these animals from open waters for human amusement. What is particularly ironic is that SeaWorld Gold Coast offers whale watching excursions as well, right off the Australian coast, which begs to question: Why is there a need to imprison these animals when they are readily available to view in their natural state?
"The whole world is up in arms about Sea World and other aquaprisons. It's time that Australians opened their eyes and became educated to the cruelty of trapping and keeping captive dolphins". June Bird Killington - Founder of SEAWORLD SHUT DOWN on Facebook.
'SEAWORLD SHUT DOWN on Facebook. The First & Only Campaign Against Sea World in Australia'
Also on Twitter @seaworldisevil