Empty The Tanks is an annual worldwide protest, against dolphinariums and the captivity of marine mammals in general.
I attended the event in Belgium, which was organised by Bite Back.
We protested against the captivity of 7 dolphins (including 2 babies) at Boudewijn Seapark in Bruges.
In Belgium wild animal circuses are banned but this is somehow still allowed. The trainers exploit the dolphins daily and make them perform tricks and ride around on them in exchange for dead fish.
The conditions of the dolphinarium are poor; there is hardly any natural light and the swimming pool is really small.
Boudewijn Seapark is the last remaining dolphinarium in Belgium.
We met at 2pm at the market place, right in the center of Bruges, and distributed leaflets to tourists and locals, urging them not to support dolphin captivity. We then formed a circle and stood still for 1 hour, to remember all of the doplphins who have died in captivity while at Boudewijn seapark.
We then walked to the dolphinarium, where we will also distributed leaflets outside the venue.