‘EMPTY THE TANKS’: Praxis ‘Artbombs’ Miami for Dolphins

Animal liberation artist Praxis hit the streets of Miami this weekend with a transparent message: Shut down the Miami Seaquarium, the abusement park that has starved dolphins to drive them to carry out degrading methods. These sickening particulars and extra got here out in a U.S. Division of Agriculture inspection report, which PETA just lately obtained. The inspection discovered that dolphins had been biting people out of stress from the underfeeding and that they’re at a breaking level from the abuse. This artwork demonstration is simply the most recent in Praxis x PETA’s historical past of gorgeous collaborations, which have referred to as out the vile profiteers who use animals for experimentation, trend, and leisure.

Human Liberation, Animal Liberation

Praxis’ work has at all times been devoted to standing in protection of all weak animals by portray the streets, the place he can reveal hurt that goes on behind closed doorways. Central themes of his artwork are grassroots resistance, consciousness of exploitation, and neighborhood protection of topics that oppressors attempt to render invisible. Praxis’ expertise and keenness shine throughout mediums, be it his trademark stencil bombing, wheatpasting, or designing of large items for reclaimed business billboards.

stenciled spray paint art on a concrete pole reading "empty the tanks" with an illustration of a dolphin in a small tank.

The Seaquarium’s sordid historical past stretches over 50 years and contains the imprisonment of Lolita, an orca who has lengthy lived with out the companionship of one other of her sort, left with little to do in a tiny, barren concrete tank. She is not compelled to carry out however remains to be left to a depressing, lonely existence, dealing with signs of extreme psychological trauma as an alternative of being launched right into a seaside sanctuary. Praxis created a chunk final yr calling out her imprisonment on the Seaquarium:

The Struggling Continues on the Miami Seaquarium

Miami-Dade County assured the general public that issues would enhance and that there can be larger oversight of the animals when it permitted a lease switch to The Dolphin Firm final fall. Clearly, although, these had been empty phrases. Praxis and PETA have come collectively to name on Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to close down the Miami Seaquarium. The dolphins there need to reside in peace at a seaside sanctuary, to not be starved and in any other case harmed for the sake of fleeting human leisure.

Praxis’ artwork conjures up hope and brings the potential for revolution inside attain. Do not forget that your voice could make an infinite distinction in a world of cruelty. Write to Mayor Cava in the present day in help of the dolphins trapped on the Miami Seaquarium, and urge the county to close down the park.

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