Japan Dolphin Day 2008
On Wednesday, September 3, concerned citizens all over the world will protest to call attention to and to demand an end to the inhumane dolphin drive hunts, which kill some 20,000 small cetaceans annually in a most cruel way.
Japanese fishermen bang on pipes aboard boats to frighten and herd pods of bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, false killer whales, pilot whales and others small cetaceans into shallow coves where they are butchered without mercy. The disoriented and scared animals are bunched together while fishermen wade among them and stab them with machetes and slit their throats. Many animals take hours to die and are often hauled ashore and carted away still alive.
The carcasses are used for fertilizer, animal feed and for human consumption, in spite of dangerously high levels of toxins in their tissue, but they are also killed because of the perceived competition with humans for fish. But what makes there drives lucrative is the fact that some animals are captured alive for oceanariums around the world. For more information on this issue, see the Humane Society International website.
This year marks the fifth year that protesters will demonstrate in front of Japanese embassies and consulates around the globe. While the Japanese government has shown very little regard for the international outcry over its whaling practices, in this case protests can be very effective. It is believed that the Japanese public is generally unaware of the barbaric practice of herding dolphins and it there will probably be strong pressure from within the country if the facts become known.
The protest will be in front of the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, 350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 1700 Los Angeles, CA 90071, on Wednesday, September 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Click here for a map.)
For more information, please contact Bill Dyer of In Defense of Animals at 310.301.7730
The Deparment of the Interior is currently in an open comment period regarding opening the Bering and Chukchi Sea areas for oil exploration and drilling. You can send you personalized message directly to the Secretary of the Interior to stop this.
Please feel free to use this sample letter or create on of your own and send it to the address below. Personalized communication from citizens is known to have a great influence on these decisions and letters are the best format (handwritten is actually best).
The dealine for comments is May 15, 2008, so letters need to be sent immediately.
Copy and paste this letter into your own word processing program to customize:
Your city, state, zip
January 30, 2008
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Secretary Dirk Kempthorne:
I urge you not to allow the drilling of oil in the Bering and
Chukchi Seas in order to save the Gray Whale.
The gray whale spends several months in the Bering and Chukchi Seas
feeding on bottom dwelling amphipods before making one of the
world's longest migrations of all mammals averaging 10,000-14,000
miles to the warm waters of Baja California.
Under the polar caps, which are currently melting due to increased
temperatures, is where tiny amphipods seek refuge until they reach
full maturity. If oil were to damage the main food source or be
ingested by the gray whales as they forage bottom sediments the
species recovery would seem bleak.
Even though the gray whale has recovered better than many other
species of whales, many environmental issues still threaten the
species. It is imperative that the gray whales feeding grounds not
be open to dirty oil drilling so the gray whale can continue the
Please protect the gray whale and help its continued recovery by
stopping the potentially dangerous oil drilling in the Bering and
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