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Communist Sympathizers Infiltrate SeaWorld Protest – the Question is Why?

Protestors at SeaWorld Orlando, #Empty the Tanks
Protesters at SeaWorld Orlando, #Empty the Tanks

Each of Saturday’s events protesting the captivity of whales and dolphins was unique – not surprising since they occurred all over the world, in over 60 locations. The SeaWorld Orlando protesters’ unique stamp was the paper tombstones for each of the orcas who have died at SeaWorld (pictured above).
The unique bent at the SeaWorld San Diego demonstration was provided by alleged SeaWorld supporters who brought a Fellini-esque presence to the event – from their presence it would seem that if you wave a communist flag you believe in communism, are at a demonstration, and support SeaWorld.
SeaWorld protestors wave the American flag.
SeaWorld protesters wave the American flag, the communists are behind them.

What the heck is "Social Communism"?
What the heck is “Social Communism”?

According to demonstrators, these communist sympathizers often show up at protests in front of the Orlando SeaWorld and try to look like they are part of the anti-captivity movement. Is their goal to try to take credit for the obvious success of the movement? Are they trying to raise awareness about communism? And what is “Social Communism”? Is it different from “Anti-social Communism”? Does it have anything whatsoever to do with whales?

“Four fake communists pretended to be part of our anti-captivity demonstration at SeaWorld Orlando on 4-11-15. At the conclusion of the demonstration, Nathan Crawford of Space Coast For Cetaceans, seen on the video wearing a KoreanDogs.org t-shirt and hat, conducts the interview. Bob Heisler of www.koreandogs.org is the videographer and asks a few questions of the only talkative pseudo communist at the end.”
Reportedly the people waving the communist banners didn’t know anything about communism or whale captivity, so that was no help in getting answers.
Maybe they thought the Communist Party was a party?
Maybe they thought the Communist Party was a party?

A Google search was called for, and I learned that Communism is both inherently social and inherently economic. Social Communism, then, is an oxymoron. I found nothing that linked whales to communism, other than some communist countries display dolphins or whales for profit, a very capitalist concept.
More research showed that the hammer and sickle emblem isn’t used by the American Communist Party, so it is a bit baffling to see it displayed here in the USA.
Wikipedia explains that the star added over the top of the sickle and hammer originated in the now defunct Soviet Union, but other countries adopt it:

While there is no known original allegory behind the red star beyond being a universal political symbol, in the Soviet Union, the red star gained a more precise symbolism as representing the Communist Party, and its position on the flag over the united hammer and sickle symbolised the party leading the Soviet working class in the building of communism.
Today the red star is used by many socialist and communist parties and organizations across the world.

Macy's, we're on to you!
Macy’s, we’re on to you!

Pellegrino, you don't fool us either...
Pellegrino, you don’t fool us either…

If you add up the facts – a Soviet Union era flag, displayed by people who know nothing about communism at an animal rights protest, there is only one – and obvious – answer to why they are there. Someone wants people the world over to think that a group of people exercising their Constitutional Rights in front of SeaWorld are communists.
I wonder who? And how did they get communist sympathizers to do it? (SeaWorld could not be reached for comments.)
seaworld-logo with star

‘Empty the Tanks’ Events at SeaWorld and Worldwide – Find One Near You

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WORLDWIDE PROTEST TO END CAPTIVE WHALE AND DOLPHIN PROGRAMS

JUNE 6TH, 2015
(List of protests worldwide can be found here)

THE SEATTLE PROTEST:

11 am to 1 pm

Victor Steinbrueck Park

2001 Western Ave Seattle, Washington 98121

Empty the Tanks is a campaign whose goal is to educate the public about the impact captivity has on whales and dolphins. The annual protests continue to grow in scope and magnitude every year.
“We know the level of awareness these animals have,” said Rachel Carbary, founder of Empty The Tanks Worldwide. “These are incredibly social, intelligent beings who are being exploited and used for economic gain – and nothing more.”

The amount of  space captive orcas have versus what they have in the wild.
The amount of space captive orcas have versus what they have in the wild.

Empty the Tanks Worldwide was founded by Rachel Carbary after witnessing the horrific dolphin slaughters that occur annually in Taiji, Japan. Rachel is a local activist whose goal is to educate people about animal rights issues.

RECENTLY ADDED EVENT LOCATIONS:
Cleveland, Ohio
Coupeville, Wa
JARDINS DE BELÉM, Portugal
PRAÇA DA RIBEIRA, Portugal
EM FRENTE AO ZOOMARINE EM GUIA A POUCOS KM DE ALBUFEIRA, Portugal
Copenhagen: Den Blå Planet
Tarragona, Spain
Aqualand – Adeje/Tenerife, Spain
ZOO, MADRID, SPAIN:
https://www.facebook.com/events/634404106628897/
MALLORCA, SPAIN:
https://www.facebook.com/events/109333329401068/
See Translation
www.emptythetanks.org

Is This Funny? SeaWorld Doesn’t Think So…

This is not photoshopped.
This is not photoshopped.

While of course no one condones tagging or otherwise defacing property, there is something so creatively bold about this mischief that most people get a good chuckle. Naturally, SeaWorld fails to see any humor and alleges that this was done by animal activists, even though they don’t know who committed this craven crime. After all, it could have been done by a disaffected prior employee, for instance.
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SAN DIEGO – Drivers heading south on Interstate 5 near Mission Bay Sunday may have noticed one of the highway signs was defaced by a critic of SeaWorld San Diego.
Someone apparently climbed to the top of the sign hanging over the middle of the busy highway and painted over it.
The vandal changed the exit sign to “Sea World SUCKS.”
The incident happened amid protesting outside SeaWorld over Memorial Day weekend. Protestors expressed their concern of the orcas being held in captivity.
It was unknown when Caltrans would remove the vandalism.
“This act of vandalism demonstrates that, once again, these extremists are more concerned with publicity stunts than actually helping animals,” SeaWorld San Diego spokesman Dave Koontz stated Sunday.
Read more: http://fox5sandiego.com/2014/05/25/vandal-modifies-seaworld-sign/#ixzz32rgi7Ur2

If you are wondering if SeaWorld has a sense of humor, the answer is yes.  It was a challenge, but I did find out that apparently they find mocking the orcas in their shows to be funny. What is with the white-face? Clown? Geisha? Is his face supposed to be part of the whale’s tail? Are those Asian characters on his shirt?

SeaWorld's self-deprecating humor.
SeaWorld’s self-deprecating humor.

The circus-like “Sea Lions Tonight” show has got to be embarrassing for the trainers and they dance with sea lions and a walrus, mocking the One Ocean orca show. And while it succeeds in being hilarious it is funny for all the wrong reasons – particularly if you have heard SeaWorld’s relentless claims that they are educational and conservation-driven in their captive programs.

Day or night, the message is there:  people want to see the end of animals used as amusement and circus clowns.
At the exit sign for SeaWorld, San Diego
At the exit sign for SeaWorld, San Diego

Posted on Facebook after this weekend’s successful Empty the Tanks events: “Hanging high above the 5 freeway at the $ea World exit. This is how we do it in $an Diego! Take that $ea World! I am the T.”

What Do These 21 Countries Have in Common? (Hint: Blackfish, Whales, Dolphins)

This Saturday, May 24th 2014, 52 events will take place in 21 countries to protest the captivity of whales and dolphins. And in case you are wondering what the fuss is about, CNN is airing the critically acclaimed film that exposes the dark side of captivity, Blackfish again on Thursday (6 and 8 pm EST) and Saturday (6 pm EST).

Japan
Japan

This worldwide event, #Empty the Tanks, is in its second year and is going stronger than ever.  The Voice of the Orcas recently interviewed the event founder and coordinator Rachel Carbary, where she speaks about the origins of the movement:

 

[Jeff Ventre]: You’ve participated directly at The Cove [in Taiji, Japan], and I presume you’ve seen Blackfish. Can you speculate how these two movies have “moved the bar” forward in regard to the animal justice movement?

 

[Rachel Carbary]: I have seen both movies multiple times and think they are both such incredibly important films for everyone to watch. I think both The Cove and Blackfish did a great job of just opening people’s eye up to the truth. 

 

Most people are so busy with everyday life and they do not stop to consider something as basic as the unethical decision to watch orcas doing circus tricks in a glorified swimming pool. They just see it as a family day out at the amusement park. Once they see these films their eyes are opened up to the truth. They see the dirty and bloodly truth behind the dolphin slaughters in Japan and they see what really goes on behind closed doors at the most well-known marine park in the world. These movies have inspired so many people to speak out against the dolphin slaughters and the captivity industry. They have created a movement towards ridding our world of marine mammal captivity.

 

Below are some sample posters/photos for the events, followed by links to all the events worldwide (and by the way, Rachel will be attending the Seattle event, while Jeff Ventre will either be in Seattle or Vancouver, Canada).  Seattle resident a former SeaWorld trainer Carol Ray will be in Chicago:
Mexico City
Mexico City
 
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Bahamas
Bahamas

Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada

Turkey
Turkey

USA
USA

“The only money that has been spent on Empty the Tanks is my personal money for the website hosting. People are coming because they support this campaign and the freedom of whales and dolphins. Its compassion, not money that fuels Empty the Tanks Worldwide. I do not blame or hate the people who still want to “#standwithseaworld”. I just think they have yet to remove their blinders and accept the truth about what kind of place SeaWorld really is. SeaWorld’s bottom line is about profits, not conservation and animal welfare.”  Rachel Carbary (via Voice of the Orcas)
The current list of 2014 Empty the Tanks Worldwide locations:
SeaWorld San Diego, CA: https://www.facebook.com/events/373224429477448/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=calendar&source=1
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, CA:https://www.facebook.com/events/212114148965548/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
SeaWorld San Antonio, TX: https://www.facebook.com/events/523550351067535
Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, NV:https://www.facebook.com/events/343199092491406/
SeaWorld Orlando, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/576288609119680/?notif_t=plan_edited
Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL: https://www.facebook.com/events/230345167132692/
Miami SeaQuarium, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/640907295960078/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Cocoa Beach, FL – https://www.facebook.com/events/792309394127689/
Atlanta, GA – https://www.facebook.com/events/421008781332431/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD –https://www.facebook.com/events/232213556956573/?context=create
Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis, IN –https://www.facebook.com/events/201256223411501/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Salt Lake City, UT – https://www.facebook.com/events/282667245244696
Seattle, WA – https://www.facebook.com/events/201151990073998/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Boise, ID – https://www.facebook.com/events/273709569450025/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar
Malibu, CA –https://www.facebook.com/events/647655765289597/
Brookfield Zoo, IL – https://www.facebook.com/events/376289869178584/
College of the Atlantic, Maine, –https://www.facebook.com/events/665597936828980/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
Sea Life Park, Hawaii – https://www.facebook.com/events/615242328568798/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Toronto, Canada – https://www.facebook.com/events/225826027578663/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Edmonton, Alberta – https://www.facebook.com/events/567401553371272/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Calgary, Alberta – https://www.facebook.com/events/242601319242379/
Marineland Canada – https://www.facebook.com/events/599980720088182/
Vancouver Aquarium, BC, Canada –https://www.facebook.com/events/753788941301503/#
Saskatchewan, Canada – https://www.facebook.com/events/308254409322737/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
Mexico City, Mexico – https://www.facebook.com/events/604817246260989/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – https://www.facebook.com/events/710753808943359/
Mar del Plata Aquarium, Argentina –https://www.facebook.com/events/235022000024398/?context=create&ref=5&source=49
Hotel Los Delfines, Lima, Peru –https://www.facebook.com/events/1493810994165845/
Dolphin Marine Magic, Coffs Harbour, Australia –https://www.facebook.com/events/399295376874287/?source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Sea World Gold Coast, Australia –https://www.facebook.com/events/427322124065561/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Fremantle Esplanade, Perth, Australia:https://www.facebook.com/events/613519602077518/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Aqualand Tenerife – https://www.facebook.com/events/487509274683771/
L’Oceanogràfic de València, Spain –https://www.facebook.com/events/787685214575973/
Barcelona, Spain – https://www.facebook.com/events/598394230247619/
Mundomar, Benidorm, Spain – https://www.facebook.com/events/1396833297266729/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Loro Parque, Tenerife – https://www.facebook.com/events/1427914740796891/
Zoo de Madrid, Spain:
https://www.facebook.com/events/444774325629159/
Hong Kong, China –https://www.facebook.com/events/1411620919080221/
Tokyo, Japan – https://www.facebook.com/events/232004610336632/?source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Marmaris Dolphin Park, Turkey –https://www.facebook.com/events/531875123576510/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
Nuremberg, Germany – https://www.facebook.com/events/253027218200704/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Duisburg Zoo, Germany – https://www.facebook.com/events/549408205138480/?source=1
Parc Asterix, France – https://www.facebook.com/events/522663881178085/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Otremare- Riccione, Italy – https://www.facebook.com/events/457486377730029/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Margitsziget in Budapest, Hungary –https://www.facebook.com/events/1398724610404021/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Dolfinarium Harderwijk, Holland:
https://www.facebook.com/events/652840221422588/?context=create&ref_dashboard_filter=calendar
Dolfinarium Brugge, Belgium: https://www.facebook.com/events/1390431027863663/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar&source=1
London, UK – https://www.facebook.com/events/1422069764689028/
Jersey, Channel Islands, UK: https://www.facebook.com/events/266579213513969/
Dublin, Ireland – https://www.facebook.com/events/867002486648596/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
Dubai Dolphinarium, Dubai – https://www.facebook.com/events/1414636032132353/?notif_t=plan_user_invited
Bahamas – https://www.facebook.com/events/625379340871686/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular