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
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!
Marineland Animal Defense
Donations - we accept donations and email money transfers to our paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
As we near the closing weekend festivities for the 2013 year our organizing collective is trying to make sense of the last year - a full roller coaster year.
The highs are obvious - we opened this season with the second largest animal advocacy demonstration in Canada history. Police estimated the crowd at 1,000 - breaking the previous record we set on Closing Day 2012 of 800. We followed that up with more powerful and important demonstrations - like the “Empty the Cages” international day of demonstration.
The lows are more drawn out and confusing - the endless legal emails, the months long court battles, the cross examinations, the contempt motions, the cost submissions, the land leases, and the endless media/PR spin.
We’ve organized this entire year while in the legal system. Everything we’ve done we’ve had to try and do with one foot on the ground still organizing and one foot in the courts still trying to survive.
This has seriously impacted our organizing capacity and impacted our ability to continue to grow and increase pressure on this park. For Marineland and their team of corporate lawyers - that has been their entire focus for the last year. Crush all opposition. We are not where we want to be - but we are still here, still demanding an end to animal captivity. Some of the best lawyers money can buy and they still have not, and will never, be able to stop people from caring about the animals trapped in this industry.
So much of this year has been fighting for the right to hold the next big demonstration. It was a fight to be able to still hold our opening day demonstration - a fight to hold “Empty the Tanks,” Labour Day - and since early September it’s been the fight to hold this Closing Day demonstration. If people believe in on the ground organizing, face to face, and directly out front of this park - then we need you to fight with us.
The most recent battle update is that Marineland Canada is going forward with a $1.5 Million Damages suit against our campaign. Emboldened by the injunctive relief offered to them, further land leases and smelling the blood in the water they know that with Anti-SLAPP legislation coming they only have so much time left to use the legal system as a weapon. Every step, every word, every image and every demonstration will be used as spin in the media and in the court room. ANY movement that could be considered a breach of the court order will be used as leverage. We have survived this far - but the physical, emotional and financial toll has been great. The other side will not be satisfied until we are not only gone from outside of this park - but also personally decimated and ruined.
It’s been tough as a campaign to continue to update this bleak picture in terms that gets across the important information but also makes people feel empowered. These issues are serious and we take them extremely seriously. With that said though, we’d like to test a Star Wars comparison.
2013 will be remembered by us as the “Empire Strikes Back” year. The year of deceit, hardship and near destruction. The year when we the opposition appeared unbeatable and a step ahead.
What we begin our fight for now is 2014 - “The Return of the Jedi.” The year when the side with less resources and less power comes together to fight to win. The year when we finally destroy this death star.
We know It is possible. If it wasn’t possible this park would not be going to the extremes it does to try and stop us. Let’s get there.
Marineland Animal Defense