On July 4th, 1776, the Founding Fathers of America signed the Declaration of Independence, henceforth declaring the United States an independent nation from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly celebrated with fireworks and cookouts, each of we American citizens basking in the glory of our freedom, just as our forefathers intended.
Last year, another campaign for liberty was launched. It was noted that four individuals were not receiving the basic right of every living being: freedom. It has become common sense in modern society that no one should be denied the right to make their own choices and choose their own path for their lives. A small group of individuals acknowledged this and sought to free these four lives from oppression, possibly thinking along the same lines that our predecessors were over 200 years ago. The striking difference between these two movements was this: these four beings are a different species.
Ranier, Khyber, Calvin, and Malabar are four dolphins that are currently held captive at Disney World’s Epcot Park, in a dark tank filled with murky water. Day after day these dolphins are subjected to screaming crowds, loud music, and constant stress whilst being displayed to the public under the guise of “research”. This moniker for the program may be more convincing if Disney bothered to mention how poorly cetaceans like these dolphins do in captivity.
If you’ve been following the Blue Freedom movement for a while, you already know the whats and whys of the opposition against cetacean captivity. For those of you who are just getting involved, feel free to visit the campaign website for more information here.
A year has passed since Katie Emmons discovered the plight of the Disney Dolphins and launched the movement to free them. A website was created, a petition was formed, and a crusade was begun. Since then, 34,797 have joined the cause and we thank each and every one of them for their support. However, a little over 5,000 more names are needed on the petition to reach the goal of 40,000 signatures by the deadline of July 4th, 2013.
That’s where you come in.
We need your help to set them free. If you have not already added your name, please sign the petition at this link. Once you have signed, don’t hesitate to share the cause and its petition with your friends. If you enlist five of your friends to sign the petition and they recruit five of their friends and they commission five of their friends and so on, the remaining 5,000 signatures will be reached in no time.
Time is running out and we need your support now more than ever. Don’t let another Independence Day go by with these dolphins left sitting in a pool, unable to feel the liberty that only the ocean-their natural habitat-can provide. What a gift it would be to reintroduce these creatures to the freedom of the sea. By signing this petition, you are offering them a chance to let their hearts beat to the pulse of the waves, to not be confined to the stresses of captivity, to escape a premature death, to offer them something every living being deserves: free will.
Many of you were fortunate enough to be born in a free country. No one dictates what you can and cannot do. We have all accepted this as a basic human right. It is time that we realize that this courtesy does not only belong to humans, but to all of the creatures that we share the earth with.
Don’t let Rainer, Calvin, Khyber, and Malabar die before their time, still incarcerated at the Epcot Park.
Spread liberty and justice for all.
Sign the petition.
-Blue Freedom Foundation
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