2021 Empty the Tanks Worldwide Event!

Empty the Tanks 2021: Advocate From Home!

We’re inviting you to join us on May 8 for the 9th Annual Empty the Tanks Worldwide Event!

This year, our global event will once again be held online, due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. No matter where you live, we’d love for you to join us and spend the day advocating on behalf of captive cetaceans! (While most public events have been cancelled, there are some event organizers that have decided to do live, in-person event with all COVID safety protocols and measures being followed).

People around the world are ready to move beyond this pandemic and get back into the wilderness of their own lives. And guess what? Captive dolphins feel the same way, every day. So this year, our message is simple: “They are tired of lockdown, too”.

We are encouraging everyone to use May 8 as a day of advocating from home. Get out your posters and costumes, download and print one of our new yard signs, make your own signs, create sidewalk art, or paint murals in your house windows! The sky is the limit so create a display in your yard or home to advocate for cetaceans and let the world know that dolphins and whales are tired of captivity, too.

You can go simple, or you can go BIG. You can participate by taking pictures or by making a short video. Whatever you choose, be sure to use this day to advocate for the dolphins and whales that will still be trapped in captivity, long after this pandemic ends.

On May 8, post your pictures and videos to social media using the hashtag #EmptyTheTanks. Empty the Tanks and Dolphin Project will share photos and videos from around the world to help remind everyone that we are still in this fight together!

To make things even more fun, the three most creative submissions will receive a prize pack from Empty the Tanks. We can’t wait to see what you come up with for this year’s virtual Empty the Tanks Worldwide event on May 8, 2021.


Locations with in-person events:

United States – 

SeaWorld Orlando, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/234512651215831/

SeaWorld San Diego, CA: https://www.facebook.com/events/834607434072699/

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL: https://www.facebook.com/events/122419879789320/

Miami Seaquarium, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1183336122107335/

Clearwater, FL: https://www.facebook.com/events/465707884703699/

National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD: https://www.facebook.com/events/751185175565706/

Europe –

Paris, France: https://www.facebook.com/events/3879720348803344/

West of France: https://www.facebook.com/events/282897496610609/

South of France (May 15th): https://www.facebook.com/events/424974125611500/

Tenerife, Spain: https://www.facebook.com/events/329353645488135/

Australia – 

Coffs Harbour, NSW: https://www.facebook.com/events/264364507572589/

Sea World Gold Coast (May 15th): https://www.facebook.com/events/1559506580926571/

Africa – 

Durban, South Africa: https://www.facebook.com/events/736029670404775

They are tired of lockdown too.


Check out our special #EmptyTheTanks Event Materials, and then download your favorites!


Take your pictures using the downloaded posters and/or yard signs.
*If you don’t have a printer, download the posters to your phone or tablet and hold the device up in the picture.


Upload the pictures to all your social media accounts! Don’t forget to add the hashtag and link to all your posts!
#EmptyTheTanks & bit.ly/ettevent


Consider making a minimum DONATION of $5 to support the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in West Bali, Indonesia.


Challenge FIVE friends to join this virtual event and to TAKE THE PLEDGE not to support dolphin captivity!

Check out our special posters and yard signs the virtual Empty the Tanks Worldwide Event!

This year Empty the Tanks is dedicating the 2021 Empty the Tanks Worldwide event to the dolphins in Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in West Bali, Indonesia. The dolphins now living in the world’s first dolphin sanctuary were rescued from a life in captivity where they were exploited for human entertainment.