Friday 06 January 2017 | 14

Tilikum has gone home

Tilikum life has just been extinguished at SeaWorld. The one who inspired the film Blackfish ended up succumbing to despair and illness. Will his death mean the end of SeaWorld and the captivity industry?

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In his last days, Tilly was barely moving

He remained a float in a semi-comatose state behind the grid of his medical pool, at the back of the show pools. He watched the others dance to the thunderous music that had twisted his skull for twenty-four years. Never again would he come back on stage. Never again would he obey. He was going away and we can imagine that, far from being afraid, this idea soothed him.

The drugs blurred his mind, the fever made him shudder. Sometimes the young Kayla came out of the fog and held him on the other side of the bars. Or it was Trua, his grandson, or little Unna ... No, his daughter was dead, he could not remember when. He confused them all now. But he was happy that we cared about him. He felt death and it did not matter.

Then he plunged back into his waking dream and saw before him the vast open seas of Iceland and the fjords of his childhood. Far over there, on the edge of the horizon, his mother called out to him louder and louder, the piercing eerie cry of the orcas to call those who are far away. And he was swimming towards her.

SeaWorld will do everything to clear Tilly's memory

The company will continue to tell us that thirty-six years is very old for an orca, and that everything has been done to treat him at best. But this time, it will not work anymore. People know. And if they know, it's thanks to Tilikum. The whole world knows today the atrocious fate of this little orca snatched from his mother, locked in the dark with two mad females, who went mad and who killed three times before being lobotomized by drugs. They know that pneumonias, such as ulcers or "bowel twists," are diseases directly related to captivity. Stress, hunger, fear causes a massive immune system failure among these giants in jars, opening the door to all types of infection. They know the lies of this industry. In no case, ever, anywhere, can a cetacean live happily in slavery.

Anyway, no one is listening to what SeaWorld is saying

The group of amusement parks can publish all the videos they want, pay for the most expensive advertising campaigns, for them it's over. The mask has fallen off and the king is naked. Through the magic of the movie Blackfish, Tilly revealed everything about this hell of sadness, boredom and shame that he suffered like all captive orcas. He showed us that slaves can revolt and turn into killer orcas, who can kill humans, a species that exists only in pools.

Keiko was the first orca whose fate moved the public thanks to the movie Free Willy

His tragic death in the wild was a windfall to SeaWorld and its clone companies, who then repeated in a loop that freedom was killing orca’s. But it's Tilly who opened the eyes of the world to the true face of captivity. And SeaWorld will be his fourth victim.

Beyond his death, the powerful memory of Tilikum will continue to guide us towards this goal that we will reach: free all orcas from their concrete pits!

Yvon Godefroid
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Lyoshi | Wednesday 06 March 2019

C'est affreux ce qui lui est arrivé on a envie de retourner dans le passé pour l'empêcher d'être volé à sa mère pour qu'il ait une vie paisible. Même en mourant en rejoignant sa famille au paradis ce n'est pas comme avant il n'a eu que 2 ans de bonheur et à sa captivité il est devenu plus triste que jamais...on lui a retiré toute sa vie et il n'a même pas vécu la moitié de celle-ci... HOMMAGE À TILIKUM

sarah | Saturday 18 February 2017

Je suis mère de 3 enfants. Mes p'tits bouts de 8, 5 et 2 ans ont parfaitement compris que les animaux dans les delphinarium sont malheureux, que les animaux dans les cirques le sont également... que leur vie est en liberté!! Et savent par conséquent que ce sont des endroits où nous ne mettrons JAMAIS les pieds!!! Tout n'est qu'une question d'éducation j'en suis certaine!! A nous parents de faire comprendre l'importance de ces combats à nos enfants et le monde en deviendra meilleur... enfin je l'espère du plus profond de mon cœur pour tous ces animaux qui subissent notre barbarie.

wlady | Monday 13 February 2017

L'être soi-disant HUMAIN n'a aucune valeur. Les animaux eux, en ont
car ils ont des sentiments, ne font du mal à personne à part pour se nourrir ou se défendre ; ce qui est normal. L'homme non seulement n'a
aucun amour ni respect vis-à-vis des animaux ô combien méritants, il se donne le droit de s'accaparer sans scrupules la faune des mers ;(orques, dauphins, bélugas, bébé phoques, phoques et otaries etc...), de la terre ; zoos et cirques (tigres, lions, singes et gorilles, éléphants, etc...., (taureaux pour les corridas afin de distraire tous ces détraqués pervers), TOUTE CETTE EXPLOITATION, CETTE DOMINANCE pour s'enrichir. ainsi que le taureau de La Vega qui, après l'avoir poursuivi à cheval, torturé et persécuté à coups de lances, de pierres etc.....le mettent à mort lorsque l'animal se couche épuisé et blessé, (Espagne) soi-disant une tradition. lorsque l'on voit le dit "HUMAIN" si peu "HUMAIN", et évolué on se demande qui est l'animal ! et personnellement j'ai HONTE d'appartenir à cette sous-espèce mentalement sous-évoluée, dépourvue d'humanité et de sensibilité.
UN ETRE N'A DE VALEUR PAR CE QU'IL EST, ET NON PAR CE QU'IL A.

CATY.

dany | Monday 09 January 2017

Notre Tilly restera dans nos mémoires à jamais parce qu'il a été le seul à se rebeller contre les humains qui l'exploitaient.
Comme Keiko en son temps, il a ému parce que c'est inhumain ce que
Seaword a fait pour le garder.
J'espère de tout coeur que sa mort, alors qu'il était encore si jeune,
annonce aussi celle de Seaword.
Nous n'oublierons jamais tes souffrances mon beau Tilikum.
Repose en paix au paradis des orques.
Ta vie de misère est finie.
Mais je te pleure.
Et nous te vengerons.