I’ve had this in which may be of interest to some of you:
On August 31, 2012 rallies and peaceful protests will be held in over 70 locations worldwide to protest the September 1st start of the annual Taiji dolphin cull as seen in the Academy-award winning documentary The Cove. I am helping organise the Canberra event which will be happening on Friday, the 31st of August from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra.
Japan Dolphins Day was founded by Ric O’Barry and Save Japan Dolphins (SJD). We are honoured to again be working with SJD & an international team of organisations & activists to help make the 2012 Japan Dolphins Day the biggest & best global event ever to raise awareness about the plight of dolphins in Taiji.
Last year over 700 dolphins were killed on the Taiji coast as they migrated through the region as part of their normal migration route. This is in addition to the tens of thousands of dolphins and small whales that are killed at sea by Japanese fishermen under licences from their government.
As well as an animal welfare concern, Japanese dolphin hunting is a very serious public health issue with annual mortality rates in Taiji and other Japanese coastal towns (where dolphin meat is consumed regularly) up to double what they are elsewhere.
If possible, we would be thrilled if you would help us promote the Canberra event! The event organisers as well as local award winning oceans photographer, Pamela Martin, would be happy to be interviewed if you think it might make for a nice article in the lead up to the event.
For more information feel free to check out the below links which provide some information about the cause. Feel free, also, to contact me by email or phone with any questions you may have:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0410129481
The event Facebook page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/events/300905906671614/307204649375073/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity
A ‘frequently asked questions’ website about Japanese dolphin hunting can be found here: http://savejapandolphins.org/take-action/frequently-asked-questions