Peaceful demonstrations are being held worldwide on September 1 to inform as many people as possible about the dolphin slaughter and captivity in Taiji. We are asking the Government of Japan to stop this atrocity in Taiji. These Global Events are to protest the September 1 start of the annual Taiji dolphin slaughter (which runs for 6 months, through February) as seen in the Academy-award winning documentary "The Cove". Join us for this Day of Action to increase awareness in San Francisco! More info on this award-winning documentary can be found at:
Location is Near Fisherman's Wharf to maximize visibility and reach the greatest number of people.We will be between Pier 41 and 43, across from where Jefferson and Powell Streets intersect with The Embarcadero, on the walkway in front of the chain link fence overlooking the water, near The Blue and Gold Fleet building. We recommend using Google Map with Satellite View to see where we will be. You can also get directions with this tool.
The message is positive: Let The Dolphins Live and Be Free! Please be aware that hatred, violence, boycotting demands or racial intolerance will be NOT be allowed in this demonstration. Many of our great supporters are Japanese people, and there have been courageous protests on the streets of Japan by those Save Japan Dolphins supporters.
Please only say you are Attending if you really plan to be there. Parking is difficult anywhere in San Francisco: we encourage you to take public transportation or carpool. The best resource is www.transit.511.org (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.transit.511.org&h=2AQECIvYV&s=1). The Pier 39 parking Garage is across The Embarcadero at 2550 Beach Street, but it is not inexpensive. Some restaurants on Pier 39 will validate parking for two hours.
While some signs will be provided, it would be great if you put your own creativity and energy into making your sign with your very own message. Please do NOT bring signs that say Boycott Japan or Shame on Japan. To comply with law enforcement, please remember that no sticks or stakes are allowed on the signs. We need to remain orderly and civil as we are representing Save Japan Dolphins, Earth Island Institute and Save Misty the Dolphin. The Police Department has always been very supportive of our demonstration, so we want to maintain our good relations with them. Thank you for your understanding!
Japan Dolphins Day (JDD) was founded by Ric O'Barry and Save Japan Dolphins (SJD). We are honored to again be working with SJD, and international teams to help make the 2013 Japan Dolphins Day the biggest and best GLOBAL event ever to raise awareness about the plight of dolphins in Taiji.