The New York Whale and Dolphin Action League


PRESS RELEASE

August 17, 2006

For thousands of years, DOLPHINS have rescued humans, aided fishermen and charmed us with their intellect. NOW it's time to AID THEM!

NEW YORKERS
Help us STOP the DOLPHIN MASSACRE
known as the Japanese DRIVE FISHERY

Stand with activists in over 40 cities in 28 countries
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

NYC LOCATION: 299 Park Ave. (49th St.)
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
12 noon-2 pm

The New York Whale and Dolphin Action League, Sea Shepherd, Born Free Foundation, In Defense of Animals, HSUS, United Action For Animals, are just a small number of the local and international groups uniting for this critical ACTION TO SAVE THE DOLPHINS OF OUR WORLD FROM SLAUGHTER AND CAPTIVITY.

Photo Courtesy Howard Hall, BlueVoice       Photo Courtesy Sea Shepherd

During the protest a document "PACKAGE OF CONDEMNATION" will be delivered to Japanese consulate officials around the world as the public and millions of NGO members stand decisively to stop the dolphin killing machine.

NEW YORK CITY ACTIVISTS - It's time to JOIN TOGETHER FOR THIS CRITICAL DAY and send a loud and clear message to the "masters of dolphin butchery" that IT MUST END NOW!

For more info: New York Whale and Dolphin Action League: www.ny4whales.org,
www.savejapandolphins.org, www.bluevoice.org, www.earthisland.org, www.seashepherd.org, www.hsus.org, www.csiwhalesalive.org, 914-793-9186.


Letter to Japanese Citizens:

The NEW YORK WHALE AND DOLPHIN ACTION LEAGUE is asking all Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens to urge their Japanese governmental officials to impose a ban on the slaughter of dolphins in the Dolphin Drive Fisheries.

Dolphin meat has been proven to contain both mercury and methyl mercury levels 10 times higher than allowed under Japanese law for consumption by humans. Despite these studies, conducted in Japan by Japanese scientists, public officials still allow Japanese school children to be fed dolphin meat.

Dolphin and whale meat have the potential to cause another disaster similar to the tragic mercury poisoning in Minamata in the 1950's caused by eating mercury-contaminated foods.

The NEW YORK WHALE AND DOLPHIN ACTION LEAGUE recognizes that cultural traditions are vital to a nation's identity. However, as the global climate situation and threats to cetaceans (whale and dolphins) increase, populations need stability and protection more than ever. The continued dolphin harvest is decimating Western Pacific species, and is unjustified as a means of sustenance, given the heavy toxicity of the meat.

Please contact your Japanese officials and call for a ban of dolphin and whale products. In addition, please be advised that this warning may be considered a public health advisory: that all persons avoid the consumption of dolphin or whale meat products for themselves, their pets or as a fertilizer.

Embassy of Japan in the United States of America
2520 Massachussetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 2008
202-238-6700 / fax 202-328-2187

Consulate General of Japan in New York
299 Park Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10171
212-371-8222 / fax 212-755-2851

Taffy Lee Williams, Director


What is the annual international JAPAN DOLPHIN DAY? We think Ric O'Barry, former trainer for the television show, Flipper, says it best:

Japan Dolphin Day:
Abolish the Slaughter

Every year from October through April fishermen in some remote Japanese villages eradicate about 20,000 dolphins and porpoises in the most brutal way imaginable. This is the largest massacre of cetaceans anywhere in the world. The fishermen have told us they kill the dolphins primarily as a form of "pest control." They say the dolphins eat too many fish, and they need to eradicate the competition.

If the fishermen didn't get a permit from Tokyo, they would have to stop the killings immediately. We need to let the Japanese authorities know that these crimes against nature are unacceptable to the rest of the world. Therefore, we have organized a worldwide protest to send a powerful message to the Japanese government: STOP THE DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER.

The Japanese government and fishermen say dolphin hunting is part of Japanese culture. In reality, however, the majority of the Japanese population doesn't know the dolphin slaughter exists. If they knew, they would help us stop it. Our team has traveled to Japanese fishing villages several times to document and expose the dolphin massacres to the Japanese people - and the fishermen have done all they can to hide their bloody work from our cameras. They don't want the Japanese people to know the truth. "It's none of their business," they say.

Our Japanese colleagues tell us that outside pressure can stop the dolphin slaughter. So why not give the Japanese decision-makers in Tokyo some serious, outside international media pressure? The goal is to make this the biggest global protest against the annual dolphin slaughter in history, and we hope that everyone who is opposed to the dolphin slaughter will show up and demonstrate. We need your help in making the international day of protest successful.

To pull this off, we need TENS OF THOUSANDS of non-violent, peaceful protesters in front of Japanese embassies around the world on September 20th.

The event is not limited to animal protection groups, and we would like to add some schools and civic groups to the list. Children should be educated about this issue and have the opportunity to participate in the global effort to stop the dolphin slaughter. What a great learning experience for a child that would be, especially if they actually won as a result of their effort. The Japanese government and dolphin hunters expect environmental/animal protection groups to protest. They don't, however, expect regular people to demonstrate in front of the various Japanese embassies. This is why we are asking you to please contact your friends and neighbors, local schools and civic clubs. Ask them to show up in front of any Japanese embassy or consulate office to protest the dolphin slaughter.

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.

Japan Dolphin Day - 2006

Q: What is it?

A: It's the annual international protest against the largest slaughter of dolphins in the world.

Q: Who's doing this protest?

A: Anyone and everyone can participate: Animal welfare groups, environmentalists, bands, schools, ordinary citizens, dolphin trainers, everyone.

Q: Where is the protest?

A: At the nearest Japanese embassy or consulate office. Here's the list: http://www.learn4good.com/travel/japan_embassies.htm

Q: What do I do?

A: Simply show up with all of your friends at any Japanese embassy or consulate office and protest these crimes against nature. You can also call or write them - or do all three: show up, call them, and send a protest letter.

Q: When do I do it?

A: At noon on September 20th.

For more information: www.savejapandolphins.org or contact Ric O'Barry at 305-669-4834 or ricobarry@bellsouth.net.

Q: Who We Are:

A: Animalisti Italiani Onlus - Rome
Animal Welfare Institute - Washington DC
Begley's Best - Los Angeles
Blue Voice - San Francisco
Born Free Foundation - London
British Divers Marine Life Rescue - London
Campaign Whale - London
Captive Animals Protection Society - London
Care for the Wild - London
Cetacea Defence - London
Cetacean Society International - New York
COMARINO - Mexico City
Committee for a Dolphinarium-free Belgium - Brussels
Dolphin Project - Miami
Earth Island Institute - San Francisco
Friends of Dolphins - Toronto
Global Ocean - London
GAIA - Brussels
Society for Conservation of Marine Mammals - Berlin
HSUS - Washington DC
HSI - International Cities
In Defense of Animals - National Cities
International Animal Rescue - London
Last Chance for Animals - Los Angeles
Life Conservationist Association - Taipei
LINC - Hong Kong
Marine Connection - London
Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition - Boston
No Whales In Captivity - Vancouver
Nomades des Oceans - Paris
NY Whale and Dolphin Action League - New York
One Voice - Paris
Orca Network - Seattle
Rattle the Cage - Miami
Responsible Animal Care Society - Vancouver
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - International
WDCS - London
WDCS/USA - Washington DC
WSPA USA - Boston

"Eighty percent of success is showing up." Woody Allen


POSTERS

Here are posters for the September 20th Protest with Japanese translations of the English text. Please include the existing photo credits on these posters. For any use of the photographs beyond the September 20, 2006, event, please contact the owners.

Click for larger printable images:

Now Available on DVD

"WELCOME TO TAIJI" the 30 minute "smoking gun" that shows the REAL source of dolphins for swim-with programs and dolphin shows around the world. In 3 parts, The Captures, The Massacre, The Dolphin Slaughter and the Captivity Industry, the video presents graphic description and footage of the actual annual drive fishery dolphin slaughter events, along with the obscene camaraderie of aquarium and dolphin swim-with facilities all-too-anxious to keep the rapidly dying captive dolphins in their lucrative display tanks.

This high-impact film is a MUST SEE at your next local ACTIVIST EVENT. Making this information widely available to the public will help to close these brutal operations once and for all.

This video is available free of charge with a commitment to attend, organize and/or write a review (for media publication) of the event held at the nearest Japanese consulate location.

HELP US DO THIS WORK!

Make an optional, tax-deductible donation of $6.00 to cover the DVD and mailing to Cetacean Society International, P.O. Box 953, Georgetown, CT 06829 U.S.A.

For more about the drive fishery: http://www.savejapandolphins.org/


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