October 8, 2005
NEW YORK CITY LOCATION
Standing in a constant rain from the remnants of the latest tropical storm, and despite threats of bombs in baby strollers in the NYC subways, NEW YORK STOOD FIRM FOR DOLPHINS with a GREAT SHOW of support to SHUT DOWN THE DRIVE FISHERIES.
The NYPD accommodated us with a barricaded area on Park Ave. in front of the Japanese Consulate building. Wet protesters chanted loudly, 3 bullhorns strong, while a large blow-up dolphin hung upside down, imitating the treachery seen in the Taiji video. Bill Rossiter wore one of Ben White's dolphin suits from the Cancun WTO meetings and passers-by on the streets and in cars responded honking and with thumbs up.
Considering the rain and terror threat that came with a psychological effect that made people uncomfortable, having approximately 40 people was simply amazing! Most of the groups sent a few representatives, and lots of flyers were given out. We were also joined by ABC, one filmmaker and two reporters.
There was a heavy police presence in transit hubs in NYC which probably explains why only one police officer stood with us during the event; this also explains the difficulty getting that permit in hand the previous day.
Waking up this morning I thought, we have rain, we have a bomb threat, and we will have no one at this event. How wrong I was! Thank God. MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO JOINED US UNDER THESE CONDITIONS, and the spirit you brought with you!
Use this link to tell the Japanese prime minister and his cabinet to SHUT DOWN THE DRIVE FISHERIES!
Here is our message to the Japanese government sent from this link on October 8, 2005:
"By this time, you have certainly been made aware of the International Day of Protest against the Japanese Drive Fisheries/Dolphin Slaughter occurring all around the world on October 8, 2005. Please listen to the voices of the people of the same earth that Japan shares its home with. In case you didn't hear it on the streets:
STOP THE DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER.
STOP THE MASSACRE KNOWN AS THE DRIVE FISHERIES.
BAN THE SALE OF DOLPHINS FROM THE PACIFIC OCEAN, FROM JAPANESE WATERS, TO ANY AQUARIUM OR SWIM-WITH-THE DOLPHIN FACILITY.
OBSERVE THE HIGH LEVELS OF Hg (MERCURY) and CH3Hg (Methyl Mercury) and
BAN THE SALE OF CETACEAN MEAT, whale or dolphin, in any location in Japan, to PROTECT THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC.
Japan's government can't possibly believe they can save themselves from an increasing horrible shame resulting from the butchery of valuable, sentient marine mammals, our world's dolphins and whales. The outrage, the disgust here on the street is incredible. Pay attention because through public perception this shame hangs over the Japanese nation, although it is facilitated by only a few greedy whalers and dolphin aquarium owners.
You will continue to hear our voices of protest, loudly and clearly, from all corners of the world, as long as this brutal assault on cetaceans continues. This will not be over until you stop the killing. STOP IT NOW!"
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October 8, 2005
Barricaded in the street by the NYPD, wet protesters stood in front of the Japanese Consulate, holding signs,
distributing leaflets and chanting, calling for an end to the Japanese Drive Fisheries/Dolphin Slaughters in Japan.
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