Day of Protest to Stop Dolphin Slaughter
- Dear Animal Loving Friend,
I'd like to share with you this information from Richard O'Barry,
world famous as the former trainer of the movie dolphin, Flipper,
and for years as a steadfast activist on behalf of the dolphins and
From my connection and communication with the dolphins and whales, I
know that they are our evolutionary leaders and deeply care for us
and about our enlightenment. We owe them a great deal of respect and
care for them and their (our) oceanic environment as elders and
fellow beings. In caring for them, we care for ourselves and all
life on Earth.
Here is one important focused way we can assist our cetacean
friends. I urge you to read and act to help the dolphins in Taiji,
The last paragraphs are about a dolphin/ocean/environmental
activist, Ben White, who recently passed on, and what a difference
one person can make by showing up.
Thank you for listening. Please pass the word on about this way to
help our dolphin friends.
With respect and love,
Yes please do network this information in your newsletter. We need
everyone to show up.
We both know a great many people who say that they love dolphins.
Now's the time to stand up and be counted. If everyone who said that
they love dolphins would show up on October 8th at noon in front of
the Japanese embassy, the annual dolphin slaughter would end.
Love and Light, Ric
International Day of Protest Against the Japanese Dolphin Slaughter
As most of you know, the largest slaughter of dolphins and other
small whales takes place in Japan every single year. Why don't we
get ourselves organized and protest the massacres every year before
the killing season starts?
The so-called drive fishery in Japan will kill about 20,000 dolphins
and other whales from September through April in the most brutal way
imaginable. We can actually do something about this. We can let the
Japanese government know that these crimes against nature are
unacceptable to the rest of the world. We can speak out against this
atrocity loudly and clearly.
Our plan is to organize an international day of protest in several
cities around the world before the dolphin massacres begin. If we
show up in huge numbers, we will be heard in Tokyo. The goal is to
make this the biggest global protest against the drive fishery in
We are hoping that everyone who is opposed to the annual dolphin
slaughter is willing to show up and demonstrate. We need your help
in making the international day of protest successful.
Please note that this will be an all-inclusive event. In other
words, the protest will not take place under the umbrella of any one
group. The event will be carried out by all of us, on a equal basis.
Each group represents itself and will contact the media in their
city with their own press release. All participating groups can be
listed in the press release in alphabetical order.
Our Japanese colleagues tell us that outside pressure can stop the
annual dolphin slaughter. So why not give the Japanese decision-
makers some serious, outside international media pressure?
The date of the protest will probably be in late September, just
before the slaughter starts in Taiji. (Exact date later announced as
We have to get organized early, so here is what we need to know: How
many groups are willing to participate in organizing this event? We
need as many organizations and individuals as possible to show up in
front of the Japanese Embassies in Paris, London, Brussels, New
York, San Francisco, Washington DC and other locations. (The more,
As a first step, we are trying to identify what kind of cooperation
we can get from the international animal welfare community. If you
and/or your organization is willing to participate in this important
global event, please contact me. I'm willing to help coordinate
We have some specific ideas as to how to make this a success. We
will share these ideas later. And please remember: The goal is to
make this event huge, effective and memorable.
Here's a list of cities that will participate in the International
Day of Protest Against the Japanese Dolphin Slaughter. This is only
a partial list, as others are expected to sign on later.
We don't want to look weak and disorganized, so we need many more
participants. If we don't have a strong presence in a particular
city, that city will have to be eliminated. Those demonstrators will
hopefully attend the protest in another well-attended location. The
Japanese government must not get the impression that we are just a
handful of the usual protesters. We are going to get one chance
(this year) to do this, so we need to do it right or not at all.
Remember, the problem is in Taiji, but the solution is in Tokyo. We
want to send the message to the decision makers in Tokyo that the
brutal dolphin slaughter is not acceptable to the rest of the world
and that the dolphin slaughter (and related captures) must be
abolished immediately. In other words, we need to stop the
permitting process. The dolphin hunters already told us that if they
didn't get a permit from Tokyo, they would stop the killing
To pull this off, we need TENS OF THOUSANDS of non- violent,
peaceful protesters in front of Japanese embassies around the world.
We need the MEMBERSHIP of all our various groups to show up, not
just a few token staff members and volunteers. We have until
September to educate our members as to why it's so important for
them to show up and protest the largest slaughter of dolphins in the
WE CAN DO THIS.
SAVE THE DOLPHINS: BOYCOTT JAPAN?
By Ric O'Barry, One Voice-France
We have received a great deal of international correspondence lately
suggesting that we "Boycott Japan" as a strategy to solve the drive
fisheries problem. Although we are not telling other NGOs what their
strategy should be, I wanted to clarify that we think a boycott of
Japan is a big mistake. Having been to Japan and witnessed the
dolphin slaughter up-close and personal, we can report with absolute
certainty that the Japanese people are not guilty of these crimes
against nature. From what we saw, 26 whalers in 13 boats drive the
dolphins into a cove and slaughter them. The vast majority of the
people in Taiji and surrounding villages are exceptionally friendly,
and they should not be targeted and punished for something they are
not guilty of.
I spent most of 1975-76 traveling from Coconut Grove, Florida, to
several cities in the United States and eventually Japan with scores
of Japanese and American musicians/environmentalists such as Fred
Neil, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Shigado Izumia, Warren Zevon,
Harry Hossano, John Sebastian, Governor Jerry Brown, Paul Winter
Consort and a great many other concerned artists. We were known
as "The Rolling Coconut Review," and we were trying to put a stop to
the BOYCOTT JAPAN, SAVE THE WHALES campaign. Eventually we
succeeded. The boycott was the chosen strategy of most of the well-
funded US animal welfare/environmental groups who pooled their money
and took out full page advertisements in the New York Times,
Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. to get their boycott
message out to the American public. This misguided campaign did not
save any whales. However, as a direct result of the BOYCOTT JAPAN
campaign, Japanese/American children were beaten up on the
playgrounds of the USA and called "Jap whale killers." (Jap is a
derogatory term) Surely, this is not a situation that we would want
to create once again.
The Japanese people don't need a boycott. They need access to the
information that we take for granted. If they knew the truth about
the dolphin slaughter, they would help us stop it. The fishermen who
hunt and kill dolphins in Taiji agree with us. They revealed this
during a meeting we had with them at Taiji City Hall. When they
asked us why we had come to Taiji, we told them we wanted to
document the methods used to conduct the dolphin massacres and let
the Japanese people know the truth about this hunt. The fishermen's
reply was: "The Japanese people have no right to know about the
dolphin slaughter. It is none of their business."
But the Japanese people have every right to know about the dolphin
massacres that are carried out in their own country, and we will
continue to travel to these remote fishing villages to document what
is going on. The fishermen in Taiji spend most of their time hiding
their activities. They have erected a roof of blue tarp over the
lagoon in which the dolphins are killed, to prevent us from
documenting the massacres. They cover up the dead bodied with
plastic and butcher the dolphins in a slaughterhouse that is
completely covered up. They are paranoid about being photographed
while killing dolphins. They know that if the images reach the
Japanese public, their days as dolphin hunters are numbered. They
will not be able to find public support to continue the practice.
I hereby urge you to approach the Japanese people in a respectful
and peaceful manner. It is the Japanese people who hold the key to
stopping the dolphin massacres. In order to make this happen, we
need to build bridges between us, not burn them.
We need to work with the Japanese people, not against them.
Condemning a whole nation for the actions of a few people is simply
unfair. A better strategy would be to isolate the few people who are
guilty of killing the dolphins from the rest of the Japanese
population who are totally unaware of the problem.
Our chance to expose these crimes against nature and to isolate the
guilty from the innocent will come on October 8th. If everyone who
attends the demo will bring a friend, our numbers would double.
How's that for a concept?
As you can see, the list grows stronger with every passing day. This
is very encouraging.
JAPAN DOLPHIN DAY: List of Participants
America's Whale Alliance ~ San Francisco
Animal Friends ~ Croatia
Animalisti Italiani Onlus ~ Rome
Animals Voice.com ~ Seattle
Animal Welfare Institute ~ Washington DC
Blue Voice ~ San Francisco
Bite Back ~ Brussels
Born Free Foundation ~ London
British Divers Marine Life Rescue ~ London
Campaign Whale ~ London
Captive Animals Protection Society ~ London
Captive Dolphin Awareness Foundation ~ Huston
Catastrophes ~ London
Cetacean Defense ~ London
Cetacean Society International ~ New York City
COMARINO ~ Mexico City
Committee for a Dolphinarium-Free Belgium ~ Brussels
Dolphin Encountours ~ Mozambique
Dolphin Project ~ Miami
Earth Island Institute ~ San Francisco, Manila
ECOTERRA ~ Nairobi
EDEV ~ Den Haag
Environmental Investigative Agency ~ London
GAIA ~ Brussels
GEVHA ~ Barcelona and Madrid
Green Beings Global Animation Studio ~ San Francisco
Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society ~ Hong Kong
HSUS ~ Washington DC
In Defense of Animals ~ San Francisco
International Animal Rescue ~ London
Irish Seal Sanctuary ~ Dublin
Kepangi Makili ~ Solomon Islands
Last Chance for Animals ~ Los Angeles
Marine Connection ~ London
New York Whale and Dolphin Action League ~ New York City
Nomades des Océans ~ Paris
Ocean Care (ASMS) ~ Bern
Ocean Defense International ~ San Francisco
One Voice ~ Paris, Marseille, Miami
Philippine Society for the Protection of Animals ~ Manila
Rattle the Cage ~ Miami
Re-Earth ~ Nassau, Bahamas Islands
Reseau-Cetaces ~ Paris
Sea Shepherd ~ Vienna, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Budapest, Istanbul,
London, Den Haag, Strasbourg
SHARK ~ Chicago
Sea Vita ~ Caracas
SOS Grand Bleu ~ Marseille
Vier Photen ~ Switzerland
United Action for Animals ~ New York City
WDCS ~ London
Whale Workshop ~ London
Wild Earth Foundation ~ Argentina
WSPA ~ London
Zoo Check Canada ~ Toronto
"Eighty percent of success is showing up"