Join Ric at EU Anti-captivity Demo June 28th
Ric O’Barry and hundreds of other European activists are going to be in Brussels, home of the European Union, on Friday, June 28th, urging the EU and its member countries to make Europe dolphinarium free! The demonstration will take place on Place Victor Horta in St Gilles (Brussels) right beside the train station “la gare du midi” and in front of the Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment offices, in charge of Belgium zoos and dolphinarium.
And YOU are invited.
Organizers are calling for shutting down the Bruges dolphinarium and all other dolphinariums in Europe, such as Loro Parque and Oceanogràfic in Spain, Kolmarden in Sweden, Marineland of Antibes, Planète Sauvage and Park Astérix in France, Duisburg Zoo in Germany or Hardewijk dolphinarium in the Netherlands.
Details can be found on the Facebook page for the event.
And even if you can’t make the demo, sign the petition!
The event will also feature the Irish band “The Amazing Few” traveling from Dublin. Watch the video of their song “I am Ric O’Barry”:
Ric O’Barry has written a special invite:
Dear Dolphin Defenders,
The Times are Changing!
Finally, as people all over the world are learning the truth they are turning their backs on captive dolphin shows. Together we stand stronger to oppose the multinational entertainment captive dolphin theme-park industry. Our goal is to give the dolphins a voice and help abolish the concept of “dolphinariums’ in the European Union. Won’t you join us? On the 28th of June we will all meet up in Brussels and demand a dolphin free Europe.
I ask you to please join us in the largest demonstration against dolphinariums in Europe. Go to our Facebook page ‘Demonstration against captivity of Cetaceans’ and let us know you will join us in Brussels, Belgium.
Sign and share our Avaaz petition and ask friends to join you.
Check out about transportation to Brussels; buses will and can be arranged from several cities in Europe — just ask!
I hope to see you on Friday, June 28th in Brussels.
Come on folks; we can do this!
Photos by Yvon Godefroid of Dauphins Libres.
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Ric O’Barry, Dolphin Project Founder & Director has worked on both sides of the captive dolphin issue, making him an invaluable asset in the efforts to end exploitation. He worked for 10 years within the dolphin captivity industry, and has spent the past 40 working against it.
In the 1960s, O’Barry was employed by the Miami Seaquarium, where he captured and trained dolphins, including the five dolphins who played the role of Flipper in the popular American TV-series of the same name. He also trained Hugo, the first orca kept in captivity east of the Mississippi. When Kathy, the dolphin who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms, O’Barry realized that capturing dolphins and training them to perform silly tricks is simply wrong.
From that moment on, O’Barry knew what he must do with his life. On the first Earth Day, 1970, he launched a searing campaign against the multi-billion dollar dolphin captivity industry and has been going at it ever since.
Over the past 40 years, Ric O’Barry has rescued and rehabilitated dolphins in many countries around the world, including Haiti, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, the Bahamas Islands and the United States. He is a leading voice in the fight to end brutal dolphin hunts in Japan, the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands, and wherever else they occur.
O’Barry has been recognized by many national and international entities for his dedicated efforts, such as being voted Huffington Post’s 2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer, and being listed on O Magazine’s 2010 Power List – Men We Admire for his “Power of Passion.” O’Barry received an Environmental Achievement Award, presented by the United States Committee for the United Nations Environmental Program. He has done countless interviews with such prestigious news programs as Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper 360, the Mike Huckabee Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
His book Behind the Dolphin Smile was published in 1989; a second book, To Free A Dolphin was published in September 2000. Both of them are about his work and dedication. He is the star of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove and the Animal Planet television series Blood Dolphin$.
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