Sometimes it helps to look at something from another angle. Instead of thinking, as we usually do, “what can I do to make dolphin and whale freedom a reality?” how about a question posed in the opposite sense:
What can I do to ensure that dolphins and whales continue to be
- bred in captivity
- held in captivity forever
Well, I’ve listed nine ways you can make that happen: nine ways you will help ensure that dolphins and whales are never, ever, ever, ever freed from captivity and are continued to be hunted and slaughtered.
Once you’ve read through the list, I invite you to “not do” the items on the list. It requires thinking through a double negative (something especially challenging for me). That is, don’t not make a phone call to the Japanese Embassy (in other words, DO call the Japanese Embassy). To make it a little more inviting to walk through the double negatives, I’ve made it a contest, with prizes.
A contest!! Yea!!!!
The Prize: The winner will win a copy of The Cove AND When Dolphins Cry AND A Fall from Freedom. The next two runners-up will get either The Cove, When Dolphins Cry or A Fall from Freedom (winner’s choice).
The Terms and Conditions: Over the next week, that is, by Sunday, February 19, 2012, 5:00 pm EST (US), don’t do as many items on the following list as you can. Each item counts as a point. Write a comment on this blog documenting what you did and when you did it, and sum up your points. But I must ask you to make it easy for me. If you should write more than one comment, sum up the total points of all your activities and points in your last comment (so that I don’t have to go back and actually do The New Math – as it was called in my youth – risking that I might add incorrectly). I will determine the winners over the next few days. Then look for a final comment here announcing the winners on February 26, 2012. If my instructions aren’t clear, just put your question in a comment, and I’ll try to do better.
So this week, let’s not sabotage dolphin freedom! Don’t not make some phone calls (that is, DO make calls). Don’t not send letters directly to aquariums (that is, DO write letters to the aquariums), telling them that you will not come to their aquarium until they agree to close their dolphin and whale captivity programs and begin a rehabilitation program to release the dolphins and whales back to the wild.
GOOD LUCK on “not” doing the items on the following list!!
- Not making phone calls or writing to Japanese Embassies, Dolphin Base, Dolphin Resort
- Contact info, courtesy of Save Misty the Dolphin
- Not participating in organized contact campaigns, like Red Envelope on July 1 and 2, 2012, (follow @Letter4Dolphins on Twitter) or Dolphin Hour, every Friday at 4:00 pm EST US (follow @DolphinHour on Twitter)
- Not writing to the aquariums directly (thanks to Elaine for pointing this one out). Here are just a few.
- The Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313 Tel: (404) 581-4000
- Dolphin Quest, 425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, HI 96738, Tel: 808.886.2875 Fax: 808.886.7030
- Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222 Tel: (317) 630-2001
- SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 Tel: (888) 800-5447
- SeaWorld San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 Tel: (800) 25-SHAMU (74268) Tell me THAT’S not disgusting!
- Brookfield Zoo, c/o Chicago Zoological Society, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513 Tel: (708) 688-8000
- Marineland, 9600 Oceanshore Boulevard, St. Augustine, FL 32080 Tel: (904) 471-1111 or (877) 933-3402 Fax: (904) 460-1330 Hidden Bonus Point for writing the total number of living and deceased dolphins from Marineland
- Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149 Tel: (305) 361-5705
- Mirage Hotel, 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 Tel: (702) 791-7111 (that’s a great place for a dolphin tank)
- Not talking to your friends about captivity.
- Sources: Don’t read more blogs and talk about blog posts
- Don’t do readings of blog posts at local coffee-houses (This one is my particular favorite, and worth five points, because there are opportunities like this on our home-based front lines.)
- Here are some great blogs to not not not read (I’ve gotten myself all confused with the double negative, so I just decided to quadruple it and see if it were any clearer):
- Not sharing out online links to A Fall from Freedom, The Cove, and When Dolphins Cry
- Not buying an extra copy or two of dolphin videos and sharing them with someone
- The Cove
- When Dolphins Cry
- A Fall From Freedom
- Not reading Ceta-base from cover to cover (it’s fascinating, by the way).
- Not hosting a screening of The Cove, A Fall from Freedom, or When Dolphins Cry in your home. This one has a sliding scale of points, depending on how many people attend and sign a pledge not to go to the dolphin show. One point per attendee, plus one point for each who signs the online pledge at your screening.
- Not utilizing social media to share out all of the above information about dolphin capture, captivity, and slaughter
- In Facebook it’s called “Share”
- In Twitter it’s called “Tweet”
- In Google+ it’s called . . . what is it called?
- Then there’s Twit-Longer, Pinterest, and more
I know that some of this might be hard to get done in one week. But let’s go for it.
This is what we’re playing for.