The Tilikum Vegan Belt
INTRODUCING THE TILIKUM VEGAN BELT – MY LATEST CREATION!
I am excited to share my newest belt creation with you called Tilikum. Earlier this year I was watching the documentary called Blackfish, which tells a powerful story about an Orlando Sea World killer whale named Tilikum. Sea World stole Tilikum from the ocean when he was just a baby and was raised in a confined tank to be performance moneymaker for Sea World.
To find out more about this amazing documentary click here.
The tragedy lies in the fact that killer whales are so unhappy in captivity, that they start behaving aggressively towards their fellow captive whales and also toward their trainers. Sadly, Tilikum has killed one of his trainers and has seriously hurt other trainers. They also hurt other whales in the same tank because there is simply not enough room.
Orca whales are used to swimming in an ocean where they can swim great distances each day between 50-150 miles. In captivity they can only do laps in a small tank. In the wild they can live up to over 100 years old and have never hurt humans while living in their natural habitat.
Orca whales in captivity simply do not have enough room to swim and to have a happy, heathy life. They eventually go a bit stir crazy and aggressive. This is is a red flag that needs to be noticed.
When I designed the Tilikum vegan belt, it had no name. After finding out about how whales in performance captivity are treated, I felt compelled to draw attention to this issue and name this belt Tilikum. And, let’s face it, Tilikum is a cool name!
The Tilikum Vegan Belt : Details
The most unique feature of this belt is that the buckle is designed in such a way that the end of the strap is tucked away nicely behind the belt. So, when you look at the belt from the outside, it’s flat. The buckle has a subtle gun metal satin finish. Overall the Tilikum vegan belt has a contemporary look to it that is suitable for both men and women.
The width is 35mm (1 3/8″). The buckle has a beautiful satin gun metal finish. This belt is perfect if you need to dress up for work. It’s more for men, but women can wear it too.
The Red bottom
Another unique feature of this belt is the red colour found on the bottom layer. Only the wearer will know about because it is not visible when worn. The name Tilikum is stamped on the inside in black letters, along with my favorite saying “genuine non-leather”. The Tilikum belt in available in black only.
The Environmental Aspect
The inside layer is made with recycled car tires which is great news for Mother Nature. When car tires are retired, they are either burnt or put into landfills. This is horrible for the environment.
Whales are highly intelligent creatures. My hope in naming this belt Tilikum is to raise awareness on the “stealing baby whales from the ocean for money making reasons” issue, and to propel people to consider our relationship to nature. As humans, we are after all, part of nature.
With over 21 million views since the documentary Blackfish came out, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite continues to raise awareness. Check out an interview with Gabriela here, taken one year after the release of her informative and inspiring documentary.
Have you seen Blackfish? What do you think about either the documentary, or my newest belt? Leave your comments below. I would love to hear from you.
The Tilikum vegan belt is available now in black.