In January, scientists announced
that orcas can imitate human speech, releasing audio of 16-year-old captive orca Wikie saying words such as "hello," "one, two, three," and "bye bye." The discovery grabbed headlines across the globe, but how impressed should we actually be that Wikie was forced by humans to mimic human behavior while imprisoned by humans
in unnatural conditions?Please join in demanding that Marineland in Antibes, France release Wikie from captivity now!
Sure, it's an interesting discovery, but we already knew that orcas were highly intelligent creatures. That is exactly why orcas don't belong in tiny cement cells where they can barely move and why they shouldn't be forced to perform for human beings. They should be in their natural habitat, living freely. Instead of trying to make orcas more like us, perhaps we should be studying their own sophisticated language.Marineland is simply trying to distract from the fact that Wikie is living a horrible life in captivity. Sign now to urge Marineland to free Wikie now!