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London Demo for Dolphins - Against the Taiji Annual Hunt & Captivity

On the 1st September, we call on all dolphin friends to reunite together, this will mark the start of the awful Dolphin slaughter all over again and we need YOU to help make our message loud and clear to the Japanese Embassy, you have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of innocent animals by protesting the capture and slaughter of dolphins that is an atrocious annual tradition in Japan’s Taiji Cove.

The little cove’s dirty great secret was uncovered in 2003, when marine conservation society Sea Shepherd released images of the now infamous ‘bloody cove’ – revealing the epicentre of the annual murder of[masked] dolphins, porpoises and small whales which occurs in Japan every year between September and March. Since 2010 Sea Shepherd has maintained an ongoing presence of volunteers standing watch on the Cove site, known as The Cove Guardians.

Australian Cove Guardian Emillie describes the scene she witnessed at Taiji Cove…

“A pod of 250 bottlenose dolphins spent days netted in the cove while their family unit was torturously torn apart. Dolphins deemed worthy for a life of captivity were stolen away. The remainder waited - disoriented, frightened and hungry until the eventual slaughter. On an almost daily basis I continued to witness intelligent, wild and free dolphin pods systematically driven into the cove only to depart as a commodity, either as a petrified prisoner or lifeless meat for human consumption. Every day, six months of the year, this is the reality of Taiji. And it is a visibly decaying town, symbolic of its archaic practices.”

The Japanese government maintain that Taiji is part of a cultural tradition, and yet the evidence is clear that this is a commercially driven endeavour, with the animals ending up in captivity, on the food market, or simply left injured in the oceans to die. Unlike whales, dolphins do not have an international organisation to offer them protection, so it really is down to us - the people of the international community to care enough to take action for these animals which scientists are increasingly discovering to be highly intelligent, emotional and social beings.

Momentum is building rapidly for the opposition of dolphin and whale slaughter and capture in the form of global protests, a viral storm of Internet activity and media coverage including high profile documentaries. In 2009 the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove was released, featuring Richard O’Barry, a former dolphin capturer and trainer for the TV Series Flipper, who later dedicated his life to preventing the very same practice. The impact of this film now looks set to be matched by the recent release of the documentary Blackfish, which chillingly reveals the immorality and tragic consequences of keeping orca whales in captivity.

Continued pressure is crucial. This Equinox Protest will act as a follow up to the extremely successful protest event of February 20th, during which over 1000 people arrived outside the Japanese embassy to show their derision at the Japanese government’s continued support of the annual slaughter.

The world is waking up to the horrific reality of Taiji cove, but nothing will change unless we turn our awareness into action. Please join us at the protest to show Japan and the world that we no longer accept this and bring about a change desperately overdue.

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  • David

    Likewise Tara, I'm glad I went and also didn't meet anyone from this time we should maybe swap numbers and link up on the day, always good to have some company at a demo I think. At the Friend meetup on Saturday I mentioned it to them but no one was able to come on the dolphin demo, mainly work reasons....and may I suggest people consider coming to Friend, for the monthly meetups's not normally very hard work and always sociable and gives a chance to discuss animal rights issues etc., and we get a lovely free lunch too!

    1 · September 2, 2014

    • Tara

      I also wore a red dress as Sonia suggested doing in a recent comment,
      I'll definitely be going to the next friends meetup, be my first time...looking forward to it! I wanted to go on Saturday but couldn't make it, i have also been told its a great day by two others lovely people I met at a veggie meetup, I hope we can organise meeting at charing cross for this, for those that go by train

      September 2, 2014

    • David

      Hi Tara, that would be great if you can make the next Friend visit......I currently drive from Sussex but people do meet up at Charing Cross by the main ticket office, and they need as many as possible to get the maximum 50% discount for a group, minimum 4 I think and last time there were only 3 so they got a lower discount, maybe one third off.

      September 3, 2014

  • Tara

    Hi all, glad I went to this, unfortunately I couldn't find anyone from the list of faces that were also going (as there was a large crowd) I met one lady though from the group . I also met some lovely people, I will add a photo, so sad what they're doing to these beautiful creatures!!

    1 · September 1, 2014

    • Tara

      Ah shame I missed you. But at least it showed there was a lot of people there,

      September 2, 2014

  • Sonia

    Wear white or red! White to signify the dolphins and red to signify their blood...

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Mia

    Hope to come if I can get a babysitter, otherwise would it be appropriate to bring a three year old? I guess we could come for a short while anyway......

    1 · August 4, 2014

    • Robert

      Yes, I guess it would be fine Mia :)

      1 · August 6, 2014

  • Robert

    July 31, 2014

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