You can expect a flood of posts today as we update folks on what happened last weekend and we reveal what we have planned moving forward.
First, a quick demonstration run down. The demonstration count from M.A.D. is 700 people, with hundreds of those people jumping the turnstiles and shutting down the last dolphin show of the year. This was not part of the demonstration schedule, but an organic expression of righteous anger. Out of this only one demonstrator was ticketed with trespass, a female demonstrator who was singled out and assaulted by Niagara Regional Police officer Alex Rivet as well as NRP Officer L. Bittman #8393. You can see that video here. We fully support Chantal, the demonstrator who was assaulted, and we will be releasing a statement from here later today.
Aside from this, we completed our entire demonstration schedule with performances from Arianna Gillis, Meghan Connolly, Heather Janssen and Spandy Andy, as well as speakers Phil Demers, Cheri DiNovo and Ric O'Barry. We are still working on compiling the best video’s - but if you look right now you will find that patched together the entire demonstration was filmed! A huge heart felt thank you goes out to everyone who spoke and performed. It was their words and performances that inspired us to act.
By now most have seen photo of video footage of hundreds of activists storming Marineland to shut down the dolphin show. Some things we would like to make clear
- This was not an organized part of our demonstration but it is something we wholeheartedly support.
- At no time were any children or park goers in jeopardy. Video footage is the best document of this.
- No one paid to enter this park - again check the video.
- Trespass requests were not actually made until re inforcements came from the NRP. Video footage attests to this and also shows demonstrators leaving - this is why there were no mass trespass tickets/arrests.
- The noise of the demonstration is a concern, but worth noting that the level was nowhere near performance level in an auditorium with cheering fans and a massive sound system.
Photo and video of the demonstration have made their way across the world in the last two days - and media coverage has also been international. Without question this was the most powerful demonstration that many had ever experienced in their entire lives. Some will smear this demonstration, but it’s always important to ask - were you there?
Aside from this - we have some important updates to get out. Our bus organizing took a hit on the day of the demonstration, however, with over 100 people registering in total a lot of people simply did not show for buses. For those who pre-registered buses were purchased based upon those registrations. When people do not show it means that MAD has to make up that difference. Our total costs for buses nears $1400 and our total amount raised from buses was only $300. We expected to cover half of the bus cost, but are now well below that. We have had two gracious donors step up and they are willing to match donations to cover buses up to $350 til next Friday! That means for every dollar you donated up to $350 it will be doubled! You can paypal or e-transer for email@example.com to donate!
For everyone new to this campaign the best ways to stay in touch is to follow our facebook social media pages - main page - group page - twitter and also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and join our mailing list! Our main facebook page is updated the most frequently - but also linked with our twitter. Our facebook group page ensures that you get automatic invites to our events and is generally more of a discussion space for members. We’d also urge everyone to stay up to date with what is going on with our campaign hub - Niagara Animal Defense League - and come out and support our fellow working groups and campaigns!