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You say you want to raise funds, but where were you months ago when the fundraising was needed. Why create the group after the money for the ex trainers has already been raised? (not that I've seen any actual fundraising on the OM page yet). No one is asking you to stop raising awareness or saying that two pages can't fight for the same cause, but you should be a little smarter and respectful with the way you go about these things and not potentially ruin years of hard work by others.

We decided to fundraise for the whistleblowers because the feeling was so close and not everyone stepped up. We are using OM to build a new platform for donations, instead of an event page. Phil states on the indiegogo that this case will indeed cost more money than raised and we fully intend on offering as much aid as we can to this ongoing effort.That’s what we are all about, the whistleblowers fundraising.

Regarding the drama surrounding Marineland groups

Please read this.

That fundraising page that I saw somebody question on a post: that is personal fundraising. That was never posted on the group’s facebook page, nor will we ever post personal fundraising for our own benefit. I don’t know why people keep bringing that up, it has NOTHING to do with this. Nothing whatsoever. So leave it alone. People raise funds all the time to get somewhere, Taiji being a major example.

The Occupy Marineland page never associated with M.A.D. and certainly are not trying to take anything away from M.A.D.’s efforts. Everyone is fighting the same fight, I’m not sure why people from one group feel the need to attack another for simply wanting to help. And especially on a personal level. That’s low and uncalled for. (bringing it back to that fundraising page I saw posted on here.)

I’ve seen people on here saying Fins and Fluke were being rude and disrespectful. Let me clear something up: We were/are not being rude OR disrespectful. We started the Occupy Marineland page for one reason: to help the whistleblowers raise money for their legal fees. That is our agenda. The money does not go through us, it goes directly to the whistleblowers. I don’t know why we are being perceived as rude and disrespectful when we clearly stated multiple times what we were doing when we were asked. We had loads of people coming at us and attacking us for what reason? Why can’t there be more than one group raising awareness on the issues? The more people, the better. Isn’t that logical? There are many marine conservation organizations, and they work just fine in harmony. We offered our help to anyone that needs it, but instead we got treated with disrespect by some people.

We are not trying to ruin the efforts of any other group and we won’t be bullied into giving up our efforts. If you have anything further to say about this, please send it to my inbox and we can talk about it privately.

underthevastblueseas:

Modern fishing vessels catch staggering amounts of unwanted fish and other marine life. It’s estimated that anywhere from 8 to 25 percent of the total global catch is discarded, cast overboard either dead or dying. That’s up to 27 million tonnes of fish thrown out each year — the equivalent of 600 fully-laden Titanics. And the victims aren’t just fish. Every year, an estimated 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises die entangled in fishing nets, along with thousands of critically-endangered sea turtles.

All modern forms of commercial fishing produce bycatch, but shrimp trawling is by far the most destructive: it is responsible for a third of the world’s bycatch, while producing only 2% of all seafood.

Shrimp (and many deep-sea fish) are caught using a fishing method called bottom trawling, which usually involves dragging a net between two trawl doors weighing several tons each across the ocean bed. This has a destructive impact on seabed communities, particularly on fragile deep water coral – a vital part of the marine ecosystem that scientists are just beginning to understand. The effect of bottom trawling on the seafloor has been compared to forest clear-cutting, and the damage it causes can be seen from space. The UN Secretary General reported in 2006 that 95 percent of damage to seamount ecosystems worldwide is caused by deep sea bottom trawling.

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oceanaware:

Take A Stand In Defense Of Animal Welfare & Marine Park Whistleblowers

Marineland Canada is one of Ontario’s most popular tourist attractions. Until Phil Demers, a Marineland senior trainer, went public (via the Toronto Star) with how Marineland treats its animals, no one really knew about the horrific conditions in which those animals live and die. You can find the Star’s extensive investigation series into what goes on behind-the-scenes at Marineland here. http://www.thestar.com/topic.ng-m-a-r-marineland.html

In response to Demer’s actions, Marineland and its owner, John Holer, fired and sued Christine Santos, who happens to be Demers’ girlfriend. And now Demers has been sued as well, AND he has been threatened with additional legal action as well. Demers and Santos now face crippling legal bills, just to defend themselves, and financial ruin if they can’t muster a legal defense.

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Please share! There are 12 days left to reach this goal. Any amount will help. If you cannot donate, please consider sharing with everyone you know.
 
Thank you!

Please continue to share this around. An incredible $24,114 of the $25,000 has been raised so far with 10 days left. Any amount will help!

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Take A Stand In Defense Of Animal Welfare & Marine Park Whistleblowers

Marineland Canada is one of Ontario’s most popular tourist attractions. Until Phil Demers, a Marineland senior trainer, went public (via the Toronto Star) with how Marineland treats its animals, no one really knew about the horrific conditions in which those animals live and die. You can find the Star’s extensive investigation series into what goes on behind-the-scenes at Marineland here. http://www.thestar.com/topic.ng-m-a-r-marineland.html

In response to Demer’s actions, Marineland and its owner, John Holer, fired and sued Christine Santos, who happens to be Demers’ girlfriend. And now Demers has been sued as well, AND he has been threatened with additional legal action as well. Demers and Santos now face crippling legal bills, just to defend themselves, and financial ruin if they can’t muster a legal defense.

What can you do to help?
 
 
Please share! There are 12 days left to reach this goal. Any amount will help. If you cannot donate, please consider sharing with everyone you know.
 
Thank you!

Sun Laurel wanted no part in this

During the collision, one of the Filipino seaman on the Sun Laurel tossed a bottle to one of the Sea Shepherd crew in an inflatable small boat.

The note read: “To Research ship, Please: ‘May Day’ ‘Help’ All crew did not know to this Antarctic trip. So all crew don’t like to supply this fishing vessels. We cannot use telephone so we cannot speak to IMO. Please you as soon as possible take action. Thank you.”

They also included a note with a directive from their Captain saying that they could not telephone from their ship from January 20 to February 28th. The crew had many young, scared seamen, who did not know they were going to Antarctica, and wanted no part of the Japanese Whaling Fleet.

Some of the crew on the Bob Barker tossed 6 Sea Shepherd crew T-shirts to the Sun Laurel crew and cheered when the Filipino crew put them on and gave the Bob Barker thumbs up.

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