Marineland Animal Defense E-News: We Did It!
We did it! We doubled the Guinness Origami Whale record for Vijay, we broke our previous demonstration record, held the second largest animal advocacy demonstration in Candian history (and largest since 1984!), we thundrerclapped Marineland and we sent a strong message back to Marineland that their lawyers and PR consultants don’t scare us!
The demonstration was an amazing record of the work that young advocates have been doing to help turn the tide on this issue, and also a symbolic passing of the torch - with Ric O’Barry continuing to inspire new generations of advocates.
We are still sorting through thousands of demonstration photos and video trying to compile a full record of the day. In the meantime, you can read about the demonstration from the Toronto Star
and compare it with the coverage in Sun Media.
To all of the folks who have been supporting this campaign in any way you can - thank you! This would not be possible without thousands of advocates, worldwide, joining with us to keep the pressure and focus on this park. What is next?
Our next big demonstration is schedules for July 27th
as part of the International Empty the Tanks Day
- a global day of demonstrations outside of captive marine parks. Please make that date a priority! Aside from that, you will also want to mark October 13th
down on your calendar - closing day for the 2013 season at Marineland. There will be more dates to come and many more events - but we want to give people advanced notice of this two key dates.
We will continue to build and continue to increase pressure. This means continuing to build the Stephen Watson Memorial Fund (a grassroots transition fund for animals at the park), launching a second website, creating an interactive and full online Marineland archive, increased social media presence and an increased presence at the park. More than ever, we need your help to continue to push us forward. If you can donate - please do. If you can become a monthly donor - a sustainer - please do. This is an all volunteer, grassroots campaign and 100% of all donations go directly into increasing pressure on this park. As little as $5 a month can go a long way if we all chip in.
Our demonstration this past Saturday, which featured youth advocates, showed that our future is bright. Together we will shut down this park and give the animals on site a second chance!
SHUT IT DOWN!
“There’s about as much educational benefit studying dolphins in captivity as there would be studying mankind by only observing prisoners held in solitary.” - Jacques Cousteau