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Webinar Series: A Voice For Freedom

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Webinar Series

A Voice For Freedom


Empty the Tanks Mexico is hosting a webinar series featuring some of the foremost experts and leaders within the marine mammal field. There has been a growing interest in the issues surrounding dolphin and whale captivity, and this webinar will offer a place for everyone to learn more, and ask questions of those who understand the situation best.

The webinar is hosted by Camila Jabar, freediving national record holder and Mariel Bravo, Empty the Tanks Mexico Lead Coordinator

Please join us for this special event which will take place October 25th, 26th, 27th, and 29th. Please note, there will be no webinar presentation on October 28th.

Join us for this special event

Lori Marino

October 25, 2021 at 6pm EST


Lori Marino is a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, formerly on the faculty of Emory University.

Lori received her Ph.D. in biopsychology in 1995, and is internationally known for her work on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales (as well as primates and farmed animals). She has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on marine mammal biology and cognition, comparative brain anatomy, self-awareness in nonhuman animals, human-nonhuman animal relationships, and the evolution of intelligence.

She is also an expert on marine mammal captivity issues such as dolphin assisted therapy and the educational claims of the zoo and aquarium industry.

In 2001, she co-authored a ground-breaking study offering the first conclusive evidence for mirror self-recognition in bottlenose dolphins, after which she decided against further research with captive animals.

Lori is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy, which focuses on bridging the gap between academic research and scholarship and on-the-ground animal advocacy efforts.

She has appeared in several films and television programs, including the 2013 documentary Blackfish about killer whale captivity, Unlocking the Cage, the 2016 documentary on the Nonhuman Rights Project, and Long Gone Wild , the 2019 documentary that picks up where Blackfish  left off and the work of the Whale Sanctuary Project begins..

Naomi Rose

October 26, 2021 at 6pm EST


Naomi Rose is the marine mammal scientist for the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington, DC. She campaigns internationally to end cetacean live capture, trade, and commercial display, and to improve captive cetacean welfare. She has been a member of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee since 2000, where she participates in the subcommittees on environmental concerns, small cetaceans, and whale watching. Dr. Rose has authored or co-authored over 45 scientific papers and articles for animal protection publications, as well as chapters in several books. She has testified before the U.S. Congress four times, at the Canadian Parliament, and at several federal and state legislative and regulatory hearings. She gave a TedX Talk in Bend, Oregon in April 2015 on captive orca welfare and her work was featured in the 2012 book Death at SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, by journalist David Kirby. She received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1992, where her dissertation examined the social dynamics of free-ranging male orcas. She has worked in the marine mammal advocacy field for almost 30 years.

Femke den Haas

October 27, 2021 at 9pm EST


Femke den Haas is the Indonesia Campaign Director for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project and co-founder of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network.

The Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, Indonesia is the first ever permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for formerly performing dolphins. In September 2019, BKSDA Bali Forestry Department and the Ministry of Forestry initiated the idea. Working with local partners Jakarta Animal Aid Network to supply the manpower and Dolphin Project to provide the financial support and supervision, the Umah Lumba Center was built. (“Umah Lumba” means “dolphins” in Balinese.)

The facility is designed to stabilize recently confiscated dolphins from captive facilities, or stranded or injured dolphins, return them back to health and to assess whether they are candidates for readaptation and release.

For dolphins deemed releasable, they will be taken to Camp Lumba Lumba Readaptation and Release Center in Karimun Jawa, the world’s first permanent facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of dolphins. The mammals will then be prepared for return into their home range. The location was specifically chosen because the majority of dolphins were captured from the Karimunjawa National Park, and releasing them here would offer a good chance for the mammals to reunite with their family pods.

For dolphins deemed unreleasable, they can retire at the Umah Lumba Center in a safe and healing seapen, and live out the rest of their lives in peace and dignity.

Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in January 2008 to help protect Indonesian wildlife and to improve the welfare of Jakarta’s domestic animals.

Femke works to protect Indonesia wildlife like dolphins and orangutans. I have been on the dolphin trail for more than 45 years campaigning worldwide trying to keep dolphins free from harm. In all of my travels I never came across a more dedicated and impressive grass-roots organization than JAAN.  Their leader, Femke den Haas is the real deal – she is simply the best. – Ric O’Barry

Jeffrey Ventre

with special guest Samantha Berg

October 29, 2021 at 7pm EST


Jeffrey Ventre is a medical doctor in Washington State practicing in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Prior to becoming a physician, he worked as a marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld from 1987 to 1995, spending seven years with cetaceans and one year with pinnipeds.

In June of 1996 he joined orca scientists Ken Balcomb and Astrid van Ginneken for Orca Survey, an ongoing photo identification study of the Southern Resident population of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest. Seeing killer whales in the wild radically altered his perspective on keeping these animals in captivity and led him to be a co-founder of the advocacy group Voice of the Orcas (VOTO).

He has co-authored several science-based works and articles, which can be found at the VOTO website. He is featured in the documentary Blackfish and the book Death at SeaWorld. He also helps organize the annual whale watching event and symposium called “Superpod” in the San Juan Islands.

Camila Jaber

Host of the A Voice For Freedom Webinar Series


Camila Jaber is a freediving national record holder, focused on CNF (no fins) discipline with a personal best of 60 meters. Recently she obtained the silver medal for this category in Vertical Blue competition, called the Wimbledon of freediving.
She travels to remote places to compete and explore new underwater wonders. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to swim with wildlife enjoying the freedom of being immersed in the water.
Since a young age she has been fascinated with marine life, and soon came to realize that captivity was a conservation farce and became an activist for the freedom of captive marine mammals.

Mariel Bravo

Host of the A Voice For Freedom Webinar Series


Originally from Mexico City, Mariel is an Activist in Empty The Tanks Mexico, Diving Instructor, Environmental Advisor and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Dolphin Bioacoustics at the Northeast Biological Research Center, she has been the founder of the Collective Manglares more healthy more alive in the Island of Cozumel and has dedicated its efforts to conservation projects and good tourism practices in marine protected areas in Mexico.

My love for the sea and nature has been thanks to my mother, she has transmitted to me since I was a child, for respecting each living being and caring for our relationship to protect and conserve ecosystems. For me diving was one of the experiences that changed my life, so it is a privilege to be able to teach new divers to dive into the depths to know and connect with the ocean and its inhabitants in a respectful, free and conscious way. I believe that the challenges we face on our planet will lead us to a change of consciousness and a reconciliation with nature since we are part of it, that is why captivity is an industry that goes against conservation, it pursues commercial purposes and animal exploitation, that is why through activism, art, environmental education and the creation of sanctuaries in marine protected areas for marine mammals we can provide solutions in a regenerative way and with science.

This is a virtual event that will take place via Zoom and then broadcast live on Facebook.

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