**Join NY4Whales and FAUN as we put pressure on the United States Olympic Committee and enlighten the public about the dolphin & whale slaughter in Japan on Friday, July 19, 2013. **
"Each year from September thru March over 20,000 dolphins are slaughtered in Japan. Fishermen round them up by the hundreds using sound barriers to disorient and herd the frantic pods out of their normal migrations into hidden lagoons like the one featured inThe Cove. Bottlenose dolphins, especially ones that look like Flipper, are pre-selected by trainers and sold off for upwards of $200,000 to marine mammal parks around the world, where they will remain in captivity performing as circus acts. After the trainers and spectators have left, the rest of the dolphins are inhumanely killed in what can only be described as a massacre.
The butchered dolphins are later used for food, but the Japanese government has intentionally sheltered people from the dangers of eating them. Consumers of dolphin meat run the risk of mercury poisoning due to high levels of the toxin within the animals. Adding to the danger, much of the pricier whale meat they purchase is actually mislabeled toxic dolphin meat. While the Japanese government defends dolphin hunting as part of their cultural heritage, this tradition has serious health effects on its own people." Oceanic Preservation Society
The Japanese whaling fleet is the only fleet in the world that continues to hunt under the guise of research, in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, a sanctuary where endangered species are meant to be safe from poaching, allowing their numbers to recover from the toll of relentless hunting.
This year the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will consider Japan’s bid for the 2020 Olympics. We, members of the global community, believe that as long as the whale & dolphin hunts continue, Japan is not compliant with the IOC’s own Environmental Mandate, nor the United Nations Environment Program’s Agenda 21 which the IOC addresses in their publication “Sustainability Through Sport: Implementing the Olympic Movement’s Agenda 21″. The impact of Japan’s hunts on the environment, wildlife & eco-systems can no longer be disregarded when considering the Tokyo bid. The election of the host city will take place on September 7, 2013 at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We call for an end to these hunts and we urge the IOC to take action when they consider Japan’s bid for the Olympics. Please stand with us in our fight to save the whales & dolphins. http://olympicdolphins.com/
WHAT: NY4Whales-FAUN Olympic Challenge - Protest against Japanese Dolphin & Whale Slaughter
WHEN: Friday, July 19, 2013
WHERE: US Olympic Committee, 521 5th Ave (btwn E 43rd & E 44th Sts), New York, NY 10175
TIME: 2~ 5 pm
These animals have no voices; OURS are the human voices who must speak up for them and fight for the rights which our species should have granted them millennia ago. If there are any questions about these demonstrations or anything else on the FAUN calendar, please email [masked]. If there are any questions for NY4Whales, please email [masked].
There is No Justice, there is JUST US, let us NEVER be found guilty of doing less than our utmost for the millions of innocents abused, made to suffer and tortured to death for human sickness, vanity and greed!
***Actions to Take***
1) Contact the IOC. Send an email to: [masked] and let them know you don’t support Tokyo, Japan hosting the 2020 Olympics unless the slaughter stops!
2) Do not go to a dolphin or orca show, marine park or ‘swim with dolphins’ experience.
3) Spread awareness about the dolphin & whale hunts, watch the “The Cove”, and support http://www.seashepherd.org/.
4) Sign and share the petition: http://www.causes.com/olympicdolphins
“Til the killing and capture stops in the cove, Olympic Committee tell Japan no!”