2nd Annual Empty the Tanks Worldwide Event.
This is a day for everyone around the world to stand up against marine mammal captivity. The abuse and exploitation of these sentient beings has no place in the 21st century.
Captivity seriously compromises a dolphin’s quality of life. In the wild dolphins have highly complex social lives that cannot be recreated in a lagoon or concrete pool. Captive dolphins don't have the freedom to express normal behaviour, a main principle for animal welfare.
Science increasingly shows dolphins to be intelligent animals with the ability to think and reason. Over time we have learned that their capacity for suffering is significantly great and keeping them locked up for human entertainment purposes therefore raises big ethical questions.
Dolphins are self-aware beings with individual personalities and a rich inner life. They have the ability to think abstractly, feel deeply and choose their actions. Their lives are characterized by close, long-term relationships with conspecifics in communities characterised by culture.
Unfortunately, while there has been consistent progress in scientists' sensitivity to the ethical issues, the same cannot be said for those who use cetaceans to generate revenue.
Especially troubling is the failure of the captivity industry to respond to the scientific discoveries at issue with any serious re-evaluation of their practices. One of the most important ethical implications of the scientific research on cetaceans is that these individuals are 'persons', not 'property'. Yet captive facilities continue to offer scientifically flawed and ethically unsophisticated defences for their current practices. Virtually no consideration is given to the ethical status of their captive breeding programs. Treating self-aware beings as a commodity whose reproduction is managed for economic advantage is, no matter what benefit it produces, fundamentally offensive from an ethical standpoint.
In complete contrast, hard-hitting documentary films like The Cove and Blackfish are leading the way and are helping the public gain clarity, and with awareness support for captivity is waning. It appears the public has found some direction as the real story behind captivity spreads, no longer controlled by an industry led narrative manufactured by Sea World and other captive facilities. Dolphins belong to no one, and to no country, and their exploitation is of legitimate concern to everyone, including the public who must realise that nothing - not profit, not education, not conservation - can justify keeping these large, social, intelligent beings in small confined spaces.
Empty The Tanks worldwide is a global event which aims to raise awareness of the truth behind Sea World and other captive marine animal facilities. It is a day which allows a global collective of concerned individuals to shine light on the real story of captivity and the disturbing secrets these organisations work so hard to protect, particularly when their jobs and careers depend on keeping the current business model intact for as long as they can.
On May 24th 2014, peaceful gatherings and educational events will be held all over the world in front of marine mammal parks and aquariums. In order to highlight the cruel and lucrative industry of keeping these sentient gentle souls behind the bars of concrete tanks in the name of education under the guise of entertainment, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!! We need your voices, your slogans and your dedication to seeing an end to the business of keeping dolphins in captivity.
As someone who has witnessed firsthand the link between the captivity industry and the annual Taiji dolphin hunt, it is with sadness, hope and a heavy heart that I ask you to join me, and thousands of others around the world, in peace and solidarity for the gentle souls without a voice where together we will make a stand against an industry that has perpetuated a great deal of suffering not only for those who were lost at sea or the individuals confined to a concrete tank but their brethren in the wild.
On this day we will be gathering at Sea World on the Gold Coast where we will be asking members of the public to look behind the vale of loud music, bright lights, roaring crowds, backflips and dolphin kissing experiences and notice the severe price paid by these gentle sentient beings held captive against their will.
- This is a peaceful assembly. We want to remain respectful and approachable to members of the public at all times. Our aim is to educate them, not abuse or judge them.
- No placards with racist or rude comments, we will not tolerate racism.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP END DOLPHINS IN CAPTIVITY:
More specific information regarding this event will be released closer to its date. In the meantime we kindly ask that you spread the word and help advertise this even amongst family and friends, sign the below petitions, boycott industries that exploit marine life, educate yourself further on the damaging implications of keeping dolphins in captivity, align yourself with anti captivity groups such as Sea Shepherd, The Dolphin Project, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Animal Welfare Institute, Humane Society - and continue to contact the media via letters, emails, twitter, facebook voicing your concern and politely and professionaly state your opposition at exploiting marine mammals for human entertainment.
Anti-Captivity petitions you can sign:
2014 Empty the Tanks Locations:
SeaWorld San Diego, CA: https://www.facebook.com/events/373224429477448/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=calendar&source=1
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, CA: https://www.facebook.com/events/212114148965548/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Toronto, Canada: https://www.facebook.com/events/225826027578663/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
SeaWorld San Antonio, TX: https://www.facebook.com/events/523550351067535
Edinburgh, Scotland: https://www.facebook.com/events/351890421613016/
Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV: https://www.facebook.com/events/343199092491406/
SeaWorld Orlando, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/576288609119680/?notif_t=plan_edited
Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL: https://www.facebook.com/events/230345167132692/
Dolfinarium Harderwijk, Holland:
Miami SeaQuarium, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/640907295960078/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Dolfinarium Brugge, Belgium: https://www.facebook.com/events/1390431027863663/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar&source=1
London, UK - https://www.facebook.com/events/1422069764689028/
Vancouver Aquarium, BC, Canada - https://www.facebook.com/events/753788941301503/#
Atlanta, GA - https://www.facebook.com/events/421008781332431/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Calgary, Alberta - https://www.facebook.com/events/242601319242379/
National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD - https://www.facebook.com/events/232213556956573/?context=create
Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, IN - https://www.facebook.com/events/201256223411501/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Seattle, WA - https://www.facebook.com/events/201151990073998/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Hong Kong, China - https://www.facebook.com/events/1411620919080221/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Boise, ID - https://www.facebook.com/events/273709569450025/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar
Marmaris Dolphin Park, Turkey - https://www.facebook.com/events/531875123576510/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
Nuremberg, Germany - https://www.facebook.com/events/253027218200704/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Duisburg Zoo, Germany - https://www.facebook.com/events/549408205138480/?source=1
If you have any ideas, media contacts, or anything you think may help, even just general questions; please feel free to contact me directly via my Facebook link.
Thank you Australia, looking forward to making some noise with you and telling Sea World on the Gold Coast it's time to EMPTY THE TANKS!!