Social Media Tuesday! Help push to get #antislapp legislation passed. Give this image a share and sign the Greenpeace petition Here!
Have you contacted Federal Ocean and Fisheries Minister Gail Shea yet today? Please do! She is a decision maker and can stop the flow of wild caught marine mammals into parks like Marineland Canada. Please follow through and ask her to close the wild capture loophole once and for all!
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.
Just a quick mail out tonight to remind folks that tomorrow is “Black Friday” or better known to animal advocates as “Fur Free Friday.” Since 1985, animal advocates have used the day to draw attention to the plight of fur bearing animals in the fur industry.
We will be supporting and taking part in the Grassroots Ontario Animal Liberation Network demonstration in Toronto - an annual march through the Fur District. The demonstration is a convergence demonstration with advocates coming from London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, Niagara, Guelph and beyond. If you can free up some time tomorrow please come out in support. If not, please give a thought to animals entering the “cull” season on fur farms throughout Ontario.
The Facebook Event Page can be found here - https://www.facebook.com/events/170382229829610/
Aside from that, there is an update on the Marineland Mass Graves. After almost a year of investigation, study and inability to continue to bury animals - the Ministry of Environment has given a permit to Marineland Canada to continue to bury their dead captive animals on site (with a 35 point list of conditions that they must meet).
To read more about that update please check out the link below
Photo from Marineland Animal Defense Demonstration
NIAGARA FALLS, ON - The Ministry of the Environment has now issued the captive animal facility Marineland Canada in Niagara Falls, ON, permits to continue burials on site at the facility.
The announcement comes almost one year since the Ministry of the Environment was alerted that the park had been burying animals on site without permits. An investigation ensued and Marineland Canada was ordered to stop burials, until a full investigation and report of the environmental impacts could be made.
The burials will now continue with a legal permit and a 35 point conditional list that Marineland must meet.
In response to the new permits Marineland Canada claimed that their on site burials allows captive animals to “return to the natural ecosystem of the park.” It is absurd to claim that wild caught dolphins, Orcas and belugas - from Iceland, Russia and beyond - are part of a local ecosytem, or that any part of this process is in any way “natural.”
The lid was blown off of the burial sites last year as ex park supervisor Jim Hammond described the burial sites to the Toronto Star. Mr. Hammond’s testimony claims there are four burial pits, the two largest containing “over 1,000 animals.” That stock would include deers, dolphins, belugas, orcas, sea lions, walruses, bears and more - including the 12 Orcas who have died at Marineland Canada since 1994.
Ex-employee Jim Hammond has since been sued by the park for $1.5 Million dollars. The Toronto Star, which ran an investigative series, has also been sued. In total, 3 ex employees, 2 advocates and the main news sources covering this issue have been sued.
Marineland Canada is currently down to it’s last remaining Orca - Kiska, a wild caught Orca who is the lone survivor of the parks failed captive Orca program. Activists from all over hold onto the hope that Kiska can be removed from this park before meeting the fate of all her previous tank mates - the Marineland mass graves.
We also urge advocates to contact the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea to push for a ban on the import of wild caught marine mammals - a move that would stop the flow of wild caught animals into captive animal parks like Marineland.
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I am extremely concerned about the conditions at the captive animal facility Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario. As you may know, the current controversy is the result of a complete legislative void in regards to captive marine mammals in Canada.
Although it is illegal to wild capture a marine mammal for display in Canada, it is still legal to import and export animals wild caught in other countries (namely Russia and Japan). This does not protect marine mammals at all. In 2001 Libby Davies (MP) introduced a private members motion urging for a closure of the wild capture loophole. That advice has never been followed through on and over that span of time many more animals have been captured, confined and died for the sole purpose of individual profit.
The concern and outrage surrounding this issue is national and it deserves a response. Only by restructuring the laws will we see change that should have come decades ago. I sincerely hope that you will consider reintroducing the guidelines of that proposed motion and support measures to transition, and end, the captive marine mammal industry.
Please keep me updated about this issue.
After over a month of much needed down time we are back with a recap of Festival for the Animals and some next steps.
First off, thank you so much to everyone who made FFTA a success! For four straight days we put pressure on the captive animal industry and Marineland Canada. Highlights included a lighted sign that made it’s way around Niagara Falls, #Tubman - our organizer Jeremy Larivee who spent Friday to Sunday in a tub, PEGGY OKI, a full day conference and hundreds of advocates out front of the park top it all off! Some recap photos are attached and also check out some of the footage Dateline Australia shot of the events.
The off season has begun, but we haven’t stopped organizing. We are gearing up for a full week of online activity to keep folks engaged and involved as we also plan upcoming demonstrations. Look for this to begin next week! The schedule will go as below:
Call Out Mondays - Every Monday we will be featuring a new phone in, with at least once a month being focused on Conservative Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea.
Adoption Wednesdays - Each week we will feature an adoptable animal from our friends at the All Creatures Rescue in Toronto.
Throwback Thursdays - Photos and news articles from out of the Marineland Animal Defense archives
Follow Fridays - A focus on #FF on twitter and encourage and amplifying the voices of advocates organizing to end captivity.
All of this work is impossible without your support. You all make up the engine that has made us one of the largest and most effective grassroots animal advocacy groups in Canadian history. Let’s keep our foot on the gas!
Whatever you do - don’t forget about opening day. Now officially called as Saturday May 17, 2014. Please RSVP/SHARE and INVITE your friends and family!
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