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International Day of protest against Sea World-Empty the Tanks!

We will be joining ARFF (Animal Rights Foundation of Florida) of Orlando at this very important protest at Sea World.  Let's get a group of Tampa Bay activists to car pool over there and join them. We can do lunch afterwards at the all-vegan restaurant "Ethos" in Orlando.

This is the very first 'International Empty the Tanks' protest.

On this day we will globally come together as one body and use our voices to stand up against this cruel industry.

We must let Sea World and all captive facilities know that we will not stop being a voice for these precious creatures who have lost their right to freedom, their right to live a natural life and are now imprisoned, artificially inseminated and forced to perform 'tricks' for food, all for human entertainment.

For those of you who are not familiar with the cruel nature of this billion dollar business, here are the facts:

- There are currently 42 Orcas being held captive worldwide.

- At least 136 wild Orcas have been taken into captivity from the wild since 1961. 123 of these (or 90.4%) Orcas are now dead.

-These mammals are the most intelligent animals living on the Earth today; to keep them in a swimming pool, is inherently cruel.

- One of the most common causes of death of dolphins in captivity is suicide. Unlike humans, dolphins do not automatically breathe. Upon suffering deep depression,  dolphins can choose to not return to the surface for that last breath of air.

- A staggering 53% of dolphins who have survived such an aggressive and violent capture die within 90 days.

- The average life span of a dolphin is 45 years; in captivity, most dolphins do not live longer than two.

- Every 7 years, half of all captive dolphins die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning and other stress-related diseases.

- Just ask yourself -- Is transporting an ocean mammal from the ocean in a truck and airplane for many hours not cruel?

What you can do:

Come with us to Orlando and be the voice for these captive animals and invite your friends!!
*Posters and banner will be provided, just bring yourselves!

If you have any questions you can email [masked] or [masked]

It is time to EMPTY THE TANKS.

Thank you for your support.

For the captive ones

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  • Diane K.

    What a fantastic experience. The energy was high and what amazing animal activists. Great job everyone. Here's to the day when the tanks will be be empty and Orcas and dolphins swim free.

    4 · July 28, 2013

  • Thomas G.

    Had a great crowd of animal rights people out showing their support for giving the Orcas freedom.

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • deidra

    I wish whole heartedly that I could be there! I'll be there in spirit :-)

    July 27, 2013

  • Susan B.

    I may be able to attend and will meet you all there. Sea World is a big place. Where exactly will we be meeting and where would I park?

    July 26, 2013

  • Isabelle

    The movie "Blackfish" should be coming to the Tampa Bay area next month.

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Isabelle

    If you missed the interview on "Talking Animals" (88.5 FM) of Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of "Blackfish", the new documentary about SeaWorld and Tilikum, you can still catch it on the archives []. Learn more about this documentary and watch the trailer here:

    July 25, 2013

  • Diane K.

    Just two days to the protest. Could those of you who plan to car pool respond to this email so I know you are coming. We will meet at 8 am at Whole Foods Tampa as stated below. Just to make sure those who car pool we do plan on going to Ethos Vegan Restaurant after. :)

    July 25, 2013

  • Thomas G.

    Patti , I'm leaving out of St. Pete to the carpooling meetup . Let me know if you still need a ride.

    July 23, 2013

  • Isabelle

    Check out the trailer of an amazing new movie, "Blackfish", about Tilikum, the bull orca kept in captivity at SeaWorld. The film is getting rave reviews. This is why we protest their captivity. Learn how beautiful and intelligent these sentient creatures are and why they belong in the wild and not in captivity as "entertainment" for humans.

    July 22, 2013

  • Laura S.

    I am heading over Friday night and I am excited to get together with all of you for this every important event. Do you all know what time and location we will be meeting at on Saturday in Orlando?

    July 22, 2013

  • Patti M.

    This is something I have been aware of and wanted THIS CHANGE, since the 70,s. Finally there is a forum where we can LET the evils of whale & porpoise slavery known! But, I,m looking for a ride,again! thanks

    July 15, 2013

    • Diane K.

      The plan for those of you who want to car pool is the following....we will meet at Whole Foods Tampa (the store nearest to hyw 275. We will meet in front of the store by the benches. Depending how many people show will determine how many cars we will take. It will take approximately 1.5 hrs to get there so...lets meet at 8:00 am that will give us extra time for coffee, parking, bathroom stops, etc. You get the picture. Thanks to all you super animal activists!!! You care the best.

      2 · July 21, 2013

    • Diane K.

      I wanted to add this for you to look at, to get fired up about how important it is to be the voice for these amazing sea creatures. This movie will be coming out this month.­

      1 · July 21, 2013

  • Lisa R.

    I'll be hosting this event for another Meetup. See everyone there!

    July 21, 2013

  • Velva P.

    Looking forward to seeing the Tampa gang!!

    July 21, 2013

  • Diane K.

    I would like to set up a car pool for those interested. Would meeting at Whole Foods Tampa (near the hwy 275) work for those of you coming from St Pete? We could meet there and then take 1 or 2 cars depending on how many people sign up. Let me know.

    1 · July 18, 2013

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