One More For Marine Life

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Here is a quote from a recent petition you can find on SumofUs.org:

Two wild orcas have been captured by Russian hunters, and are on their way to be displayed in a dolphinarium at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

White Sphere, the Russian company behind this, are just looking to make a fast buck from the tourists who will be descending on to Sochi during the Games. All at the expense of these beautiful creatures who have been stolen from their ocean home.

The mammals, which can grow up to 22ft long and swim 100 miles a day, are set to be kept in a “small concrete tank” after a 4,614-mile flight from the far east of Russia. Animal experts say that transporting orcas causes them stress, that keeping them in ­captivity shortens their life and can even turn them “psychotic”.

You can sign the petition here: http://action.sumofus.org/a/sochi-orca-whales/2/4/?sub=fb

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Our Role Beyond the Theater Doors

This week I went to see Blackfish, an important film about the life of orcas at marine parks like SeaWorld. It focused on Tilikum who has been in captivity for over 2 decades. It is receiving positive reviews left and right and anyone who sees it will be challenged to defend their support of parks such as SeaWorld where animals are exploited for entertainment and denied the ability to carry out natural social behaviors. In this age, conservation and education needs to be the name of the game. The times of animals in entertainment is passing.

But, those times won’t pass without actual action by regular citizens.  It’s good to show your support of animal welfare through your attendance at the theatre, but our role in real change doesn’t stop when the lights come back on. So after you’ve seen the movie, ask yourself what your next step might be. Here are some suggestions:

-Pledge to boycott marine parks

-Share the film with others: http://blackfishmovie.com

-Attend a marine park protest. How about one going on TODAY!

-Express your intentions via social media

-Express your disapproval to SeaWorld

-Sign a petition. Here is just one of many.

-START a petition

-Support Free Tilly campaigns like this one.

You are more powerful than you think and there is always another step waiting to be taken.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
—  Margaret Mead