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

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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).


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


Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, Canada



“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:
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:
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