We hope this email is a welcome start to your week!
First thing to update - The Public Participation Act (Bill 83) - was on the debate floor late last week and we are continuing to call on it’s speedy passage to committee. This is the legislation that would stop corporations like Marineland Canada using civil litigation as a weapon. The Council of Canadians have joined in this call, and our friends at Greenpeace Canada havelaunched a new email petition and asked for our help it getting the word out. Please follow through, send the email and contact your MPP to make sure they support this legislation. We really need as many people involved as possible - so please lend a hand! If you don’t support anti-SLAPP legislation, you could be (sued) next!
Next up - this week we launch our first full week social media schedule. Every Monday we will focus on a call in event, Tuesdays will be our regular “Social Media Tuesday,” Wednesday we will feature adoptable rescue animals from All Creatures Rescue, Thursday is Throwback Thursday and Friday is follow Friday.
Tomorrow we start with call in to Gail Shea - the Federal Minister for Fisheries and Oceans. Gail is a decision maker and her portfolio can close the wild capture loophole - closing off the flow of wild caught marine mammals into parks like Marineland Canada. Please follow through with that call. A call in image is attached with all of the information needed. You can also use our old Gail Shea call out form letter.
Last but not least, we’ve created a new PSA - this time focused on Kiska. Kiska is the sole remaining survivor of the failed captive orca program at Marineland Canada. We need to fight for her. Please watch the 90 second PSA and share it widely. No doubt Marineland will try everything they can to try and have it pulled down.
"90 Seconds for Kiska I Marineland Animal Defense PSA - http://youtu.be/PgRmy0KRafY
90 Seconds For Kiska
For those still up - in advance of our call in tomorrow we made a new video PSA featuring Kiska. Kiska is the sole survivor of the captive orca program at Marineland Canada - and the last remaining orca in captivity in Canada.
In the time it would take you to send an email, fax, or call to Federal Ocean and Fishers Minister Gail Shea she will have lapped her tank.
Please join us and fight for her release to a sea and for an end to captivity in Canada. Share this video widely - Marineland will no doubt try everything they can to get it pulled down.
Great video recap of #FurFreeFriday in Toronto from our friends at KOALA!
check out their full recap here: http://www.mediacoop.ca/video/fur-free-friday-march-toronto-nov-29th-2013/20127
We were so happy to be a part of this event! We hope all of our supporters show the same support to our friends KOALA!
Peggy Oki posing for a photo in the Marineland Animal Defense bathtub that was lived in for three days by anti captivity activist Jeremy, from MAD in Niagara Falls Ontario!
Peggy is showing her support and solidarity with animals in captivity, First Nations sovereignty and #idlenomore! She is also protesting nuclear reactors! She is an inspiring activist and a proud supporter of this campaign!
Thanks so much to Peggy for coming all this way to stand with us today!
Photo by Zach Ruiter
After 3 days living in a bathtub outside Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario, Marineland Animal Defense Organizer Jeremy, AKA: TubMan has left his tub! He did shows for audiences when they gathered, he was cold at night and hit during the day living in this contrived and cramped environment, and he relied on others to bring him the food and water he needed to live. After 3 days and two whole nights without even leaving the tub to go to the bathroom, he is now safe and sound at home.
He wanted to make sure people understood the significance of that; after 3 days he was able to quit and go home. The animals inside Marineland will not ever be able to return home without people like us stepping in, working to close this facility and every other one like it the world over, rehabilitating and/or re-homing these animals so that they can live some kind of fair life in either seaside sanctuaries or eventually after unlearning their domestication, return to their homes and families. (Which it has been documented that some captive dolphins have done! Returning years later to the same locations they were caught and rejoining their family groups.)
TubMan is no more, but Jeremy, and Marineland Animal Defense are still here and still fighting and we none of us will give up the fight for these animals.
Because living in a bathtub isn’t fun for anyone, orca or activist alike.
The MAD organizer now dubbed “Tubman” is still there and over hour 18 in the tub! His feet are cold, but his spirits are high! Love and support has been pouring in from all over the world! Go Jeremy Go! He can see all the supportive messages from everyone and it’s really great! He’ll be there until the park closes for the season! Show him some love if you can!
BREAKING: an organizer from Marineland Animal Defense has arrived on site at Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario and will live in this bathtub for the next 3 days. There is no difference between his confinement to the tub and an orca in a tiny tank inside this facility.
Solidarity from Marineland Animal Defense for all animals held captive.
If you are in the area, please drop by and show some support! We hear they would really appreciate a warm drink and a few high fives. The tub will be on site and occupied for the entire closing weekend.
FFTA2013 kicks off with a huge bang tonight! This massive banner made of lights is up in Niagara Falls right now! Held by members of MAD to make sure that know: even though they’ve sued us, they’ve put up fences, they’ve leased land, they’ve tried everything to make us go away, we are STILL HERE. We will be here as long as the animals are and the fight for their lives is bigger and reaches so much further than the curb of the park. We have a legion of animal advocates the world over who agree that Marineland needs to SHUT DOWN and tonight we don’t just speak for ourselves, but all of you too!
We have two demonstrations fast upon us.
First off, we return to site tomorrow with our first announced demonstration since the Judge Lococo ruling. It’s a bit of an annual tradition to demonstrate outside the park on Labour Day and we will be out from 12-3pm tomorrow providing that alternative message and raising awareness. If you can spare some time - please join us. For folks confused or afraid about demonstrating on site after the court order was handed down please read our FAQ’s and know that our marshals are there to help make a safe, legal and peaceful demonstration for everyone.
Second, we have a demonstration coming up fast in Toronto on Monday September 9th at Madeleine Meilleur’s office to coincide with the re-opening of Queen’s Park. Maddy has the ability to issue an immediate moratorium on the import/export of wild caught animals and we need to send a strong message that we won’t settle for hollow promises and political posturing! It’s been a year since the OSPCA investigation began and there is still no substantive change to this industry.
Aside from that we’ve been keeping the issue in the local press. Stories about Marineland have continued steadily for over a year now. This upcoming demonstration has been covered and both outlets QMI and Metroland.
Since our last update we’ve also thanked the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for having our back! Their submission in our case was seen by Judge Lococo and we appreciate their support - especially on the rushed timeline.
Two Social Media Tuesday images attached. We also caution to all those reading down to the very bottom that we have some very big news to share this coming week for the "Festival for the Animals" - stay tuned!
“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
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