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Empty The Tanks Forever!
posted on May 11, 2018

Empty The Tanks Forever!

May 11, 2018

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Empty the Tanks Forever!

“Empty the Tanks’ is a worldwide event to end the plight of captive cetaceans. A protest will be held at the Vancouver Aquarium (VA) on May 12th at 11 AM to 1 PM.

In spite of the ban on cetacean captivity by the City of Vancouver, the VA states that they will fight to keep “rescues” at the aquarium for any longer “care” until whenever they may find another aquarium. They will use new show pools. A “hospital” was not approved in the current 2006 expansion plans.

The aquarium industry knows that cetacean captivity is not supported so they are going to try to rebrand it as saving “rescued” cetaceans. Even the proposed Canadian ban on cetacean captivity presently could permit imprisoning whales and dolphins if the bias Aquarium Industry and DFO claims that they cannot be released!

The "rescues" of cetaceans are rare and temporary facilities are set up if needed. Even back in 1964 a dry dock was used for the orca the VA harpooned and lived for 86 days. The VA only would want permanent pools for an extensive whale and dolphin business to get lucrative grants to experiment on them and to sell to aquariums and zoos worldwide under the guise of "conservation"(such as the one in Spain managed by the VA).

Rescue and release organizations must have the alternative plans and equipment ready. The VA should have portable field stations with portable pools etc.. and satellite stations province wide such as the West Van DFO research station. Rescues are done on a case-by-case basis using portable pools, sea pens, netted harbours, dry docks. In Eastern Canada DFO has relocated baby belugas with other nursing moms all in the wild. It is taking a chance but better than a life in captivity for entertainment and experiments.

Euthanasia is used by all international wildlife rescue organizations. And just look at the high mortality rate of seals at the Vancouver Aquarium. In the wild wildlife fight, injure and even eat cetaceans. Animals can be so severely injured or ill and would die in the wild. If you oppose keeping healthy cetaceans in captivity then why support keeping sick and injured ones in aquariums worldwide!

“To keep “rescued” cetaceans would perpetuate captivity. For decades the wildlife that aquariums and zoos claimed cannot be returned to wild has been a free worldwide animal market. It must be stopped!” stated Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce Founder, “Aquarium industry biases can influence any DFO decisions to permit captivity. These noisy public places are not suitable for any treatment and recovery. They are subjected to human disturbances even during the many nightclub type events and parties in the evenings. That is why true wildlife rescue includes “hospital peace and quiet” during rehabilitation and releases.”

Hamilton adds, “The VA is still promoting the age old era of Victorian menageries for entertainment profits,” stated Peter Hamilton, They also hope to get more lucrative research grants for cetaceans because they have said that “captives” and “rescues” are untapped tools (See Marine Mammals in the Lab: Tools for Conservation and Science, 2007). The repeated rotation of sentient wildlife to try to keep selling admission tickets is inhumane. It is an attempt to rebrand their captivity business as conservation that has failed to protect species over the past decades. It is time to protect endangered habitats and to use modern technology to educate without exploitation!”

For further information: lifeforcesociety@gmail.com