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British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
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2005-06-08 13:42:44

International Day of Protest Against the Japanese Dolphin Slaughter

THE DATE IS SET FOR OCTOBER 8th. 2005

Would you and your members like to stop the largest slaughter of dolphins in the world?

We can, believe it or not.

More than 20,000 dolphins are killed in Japan annually. Some are harpooned at sea, while others are killed in the so-called drive-fisheries; a method in which entire pods of dolphins are driven ashore and butchered in the most brutal way imaginable.

WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT: We can have 20,000 (or more) concerned citizens in front of the Japanese embassies in several cities worldwide protest the massacre. We should be able to have one person turn up to protest for every dolphin that will be slaughtered in Japan during the next killing season.

The date of the event is set for October 8th, 2005. (We were thinking about doing it on October 1st. That's when the killing season begins in Taiji. However, World Farm Animal Day is October 2nd, and we don't want to interfere with this important event.)

How can we get 20,000 people to participate?

The way to pull this off is to EDUCATE OUR MEMBERS WHO WANT TO DO MORE THAN JUST SEND US MONEY AND WRITE A LETTER.

Our members hold the key to the success of this historic event. Let's take London and Washington DC, for example. There are more than a million members of various animal protection organizations in these two cities alone. If only a small percentage of them show up, we have a very good chance at shutting down the Japanese drive fisheries once and for all. The Japanese government will have a hard time doing public relations damage control with this kind of media coverage. They are spending a great deal of money on attracting tourists to Japan. This protest would be a disaster to that effort.

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 immediately.

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 world.

WE CAN DO THIS.

Many thanks.

Ric O'Barry (One Voice)
Margaux Dodds -Director & Co-founder