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PressRelease-FallFromFreedomfilmscreening2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brian Lochlaer
Tel: (972) 256-8787
Email: brian@foggearth.org

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Dallas Screening of “A Fall From Freedom” Documentary Highlights Plight of Captive Dolphins

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Humane Society International Senior Scientist Naomi Rose to speak at March 28 event and share why

swim-with-dolphins programs are animal abuse

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Irving, TX – Friends of George and Gracie (FOGG), an Irving-based nonprofit dedicated to educating the general public about marine conservation and protection, is hosting a benefit screening of “A Fall From Freedom,” a documentary that outlines in stark detail the close connection between the annual dolphin slaughters in Taiji, Japan, and the popular “dolphin shows” that attract millions of visitors and dollars around the world. The film screening will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 pm, at the Lakewood Theater. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.foggearth.org.

“This movie isn’t just for dolphin activists,” Brian Lochlaer, founder and executive director of FOGG, said. “If you’re making plans to take your family to SeaWorld or any marine theme park or aquarium this summer, I encourage you to see this movie first, and then make a decision as to whether or not you really want to spend your money supporting this cruel industry. Dolphins are highly intelligent and socially sophisticated animals, and the treatment they receive at places like SeaWorld destroys not only their bodies and spirits, but our humanity as well.”

The movie, narrated by veteran actor Mike Farrell of TV’s “M*A*S*H,” reveals the horrific and sordid history of the captive dolphin and whale industry, taking up the story where the Oscar-winning “The Cove” left off. Featuring interviews with current and former SeaWorld executives and trainers, activists, and scientists, as well as former Flipper-trainer-turned activist Ric O’Barry, “A Fall From Freedom” uncovers the truth behind the dolphin’s so-called smile, and why the multimillion-dollar marine park industry is facing increasing scrutiny by both the public and federal regulators in the wake of trainer deaths and mounting evidence of animal abuse within its captive animal programs.

“We don’t need to continue to remove animals from the wild and put them into captivity to be ambassadors for the next human generation,” claims Dr. Naomi Rose, a biologist and senior scientist for Humane Society International. She will be the featured speaker at the event and will host a Q&A following the screening.

“A Fall From Freedom” is a production by San Francisco-based EarthView Productions and was sponsored by Friends of Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, BlueVoice, ASPCA, the Summerlee Foundation, the Donald Slavik Family Foundation, and the Campbell Foundation. Proceeds from the Dallas film screening will benefit Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, a campaign of Earth Island Institute.

ABOUT FRIENDS OF GEORGE AND GRACIE
Founded in 2012, Friends of George and Gracie (www.foggearth.org) is a Dallas-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting the idea that we must understand and cherish our ocean and the many forms of life within it. As the human population has exploded, we have placed greater and greater stresses on our ocean, ranging from pollution to climate change to overfishing. Unless we take responsibility now for the past actions of our species and choose a different route, our ocean will die and humanity will soon follow.

Our mission is to find ways to bring this message to the general population and invite them to become a part of a grassroots movement—a Seaweed Rebellion to save the ocean. We believe that popular culture can provide common ground to discuss such matters. In particular, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek television series and films frequently address our responsibility to the environment and the way we should relate to non-human life. This extremely powerful modern mythology has millions of enthusiasts in countries around the world, and by taking advantage of this enthusiasm, we can spread awareness of marine conservation issues far and wide. For more information, contact Brian Lochlaer, executive director, at brian@foggearth.org.

 

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