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Aug 17, 2009

Care2 had a staff outing last weekend to see The Cove, a new documentary that sheds light on the atrocious dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. It's an issue that Care2 members have taken action on before; just this year, Care2's partner Blue Voice hand-delivered more than 5,000 letters from Care2 members, demanding that the slaughter be stopped, to the Japanese delegate to the International Whaling Commission at their meeting in Portugal. And we've collected more than 150,000 signatures on other petitions against Japan's dolphin killing.

The Cove shows how Ric O'Barry and Louis Psihoyos secretly document Japanese fishermen corralling unsuspecting dolphins into a small cove in Taiji that's hidden from public view. The fishermen separate out the best specimens to be sold to dolphinariums -- and cruelly slaughter the other 23,000 for meat, which is then sold across fish markets in Japan, often labeled as “whale meat.”  And few people in Japan know it's happening -- or that the meat they're eating contains toxic levels of mercury.

The Cove is a documentary with the suspense and thrill of an Oceans 11 style “Special Ops” team. The New York Times has described it as, “unfolds like a spy of the most audacious and perilous operations in the history of the conservation movement."  O'Barry was once the dolphin trainer for the 1960s TV series Flipper .  After spending years with dolphins, he realized how terrible human captivity is for these intelligent creatures, and became one of the world's leading dolphin activists. Psihoyos is a top nature photographer and founder of the Oceanic Preservation Society. The rest of the team is made up of underwater sound and camera experts, special effects artists, marine explorers, adrenaline junkies and  world-class free divers. Utilizing state-of-the art techniques, including hidden microphones and cameras in  fake rocks, the team uncovers how this small seaside village serves as a horrifying microcosm of massive ecological crimes happening worldwide.

Watching the team in action is enough to make anyone want to be a dolphin activist -- and that's where Care2 comes in. We partnered with the production company, Take Part, to develop a petition targeting President Obama, Vice President Biden and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki, asking them to address the dolphin slaughter in Japan. The petition is also available in Japanese for Japanese citizens to sign and send letters to the Prime Minister and Minister of Health. At the end of The Cove, there's a message urging people to take action, either on their web-enabled mobile phones with the mobile version of the PetitionSite or by visiting a URL with a link to the action. And it's been a success so far -- already, more than 20,000 people have signed the petition.

We also created widgets in both English and Japanese that contain all of the signers to the action and more information on The Cove. You can paste the widget on your Facebook or MySpace profiles or your blog and encourage your friends to take action, too. You'll get the opportunity to grab the widget code after you've signed the petition.

If you haven't seen The Cove yet, I urge you to do so -- and bring friends with you so they feel the same drive to become an activist for our planet that you do. The film is a provocative mix of investigative  journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery that adds up to an urgent plea for hope. 

This is a movie that will make a difference and shut down the dolphin slaughter – but only if we all take action, sign the petition, and make our voices heard.

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Posted: Monday August 17, 2009, 5:30 pm
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LiAnna D. (60)
Monday August 17, 2009, 7:35 pm
I really appreciated how The Cove showcases what an important issue this is for the dolphins of Japan -- and it's great that Care2 can provide an activism component for all of the moviegoers!

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 12:25 am
Congrats on all the hard work you do for dolphins. I hope with all my heart that the dolphin slaughter will stop.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:16 am
The Cove is really a nice move...

Gregg G. (5)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:38 am
I already knew about this problem--was just telling family members about it yesterday.But this makes it even more obvious... and more horribly real.

. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 2:25 am
The Cove is probarly one of the most important movie this year,next to sharkwater,to expose the truth to the world about this dolphin drive hunt and the brutal killings of dolphins.People should learn that they should never visita Marine Park,by visiting a marine park you support (if you know it or not) these hunts.

irene Haralabatos (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 4:04 am
These are the same creatures that have saved humans from drowning. They communicate with each other and even talk about one another (this was documented in a study.)

Killing dolphins for profit is despicable unless you or your family are actually starving. I'm glad that people are taking action against this and I'm happy that there's a film about this. I know that there are many Japanese people who deplore the slaughter of dolphins. Hopefully it can be stopped.

Josh Wolff (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 4:46 am

Catarina W. (39)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 4:50 am
It's amazing how some cultures and nations could be around for 1000's of years and still be so barbaric towards not only animals. I would've though Japan would have rose above this by now; sadly they've been slaughtering for years. I hope this movie will bring some shame to them. Money is king, very sad.

Rain For Change (163)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 4:57 am
We need to be a LOUD voice for the voiceless.The Cove is a blessing to bring awareness to the world

Eileen Matton (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 6:20 am
I wish all wildlife slaughter would stop!!!!!

Michelle Bafik-vehslage (12)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 6:42 am
Again Thank you for all you do to educate and bring awareness. Now we just have to get the rest of the world on board.

Randi F. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 6:55 am
I am adding my voice for the dolphins... who have saved many humans from drowning and are very intelligent. Thank you for the work to make this public and to stop the slaughter.

Diana P. (12)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 7:10 am
1000's of Dolphins and Whales are slaughtered each year by the Japanese. This unnecessary killing must STOP!!!!!

Joycey B. (750)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 7:31 am
Thank you!
You already signed this petition at 5:57 pm PDT, Jul 10, 2009.

Jeannie D. (6)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 7:33 am
its awesome that dolphins are getting much needed help..they are such beautiful creatures.

Em H. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 8:05 am
Thank you for making the public aware of this.

Kelsey E. (3)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 8:23 am
this is so informative and amazing!

Sa R. (51)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 9:21 am
Praying for such wonderful results at least one weekly.Thank You, Great Work!

Maru V. (41)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 11:19 am
We must do something very quick.This is a very important subject to all "humankind"

Dalia H. (1280)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 11:23 am
Thank you!
You already signed this petition at 2:41 pm PDT, Jul 10, 2009.

Camroeun H. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 11:25 am
These creatures are Sea Warriors, let them exist as long as we do as Humans. Stop this non-sense immediately.

Rosemary Rannes (640)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:20 pm
Thank you!
You already signed this petition at 8:37 pm PDT, Aug 7, 2009.
My concerns for the dolphins also include the use of sonar and sonar testing by the Navy.
Dolphins need our voices and actions to protect them. The Cove definitely reaffirms this awareness to the extent that the brutality by the Japanese will not be ignored or tolerated.
I agree with Claudia about supporting the 'themed' Marine Parks because their mission statement is all about profit not protection or conservation.

Charlotte Louis (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:37 pm
Thank you to the people that have made this important issue for the dolphins known to the world. I think it is important that everyone knows what actions are being done to damage the dolphins along with the rest of the ocean environment. Keep up the good work, you are all greatly appreciated for your dedication to saving our world!!

. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:45 pm
Oh yeah I forgot
Thank you!
You already signed this petition at 1:40 am PDT, Jul 10, 2009.

~For the Oceans~

Bec Williamson (57)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 1:46 pm
Its great to know there people from all across the world with the same message for Japan.This terrible and tragic slaughter must be stopped.One wonders how the slaughtermen themselves would feel if they were all treated in the same manner as the beautiful dolpins.....What a shame to spoil such a beautiful place,I for one would never give my tourism business to a country that allows such savage acts.....never

Tierney G. (383)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 2:49 pm
Kudos!!! Randy and care2 Great job on this. Thank you so much!

Rhonda Maness (583)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 3:40 pm
Thank You!

Fay P. (1)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 3:42 pm
Dolphins are intelligent animals, more intelligent than the savages that kill them. They are also incredibly beautiful. They have been known to save human lives, while all we do is end theirs. Hunting them is not only disgusting, it is unnecessary.

Phil B. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 3:50 pm
You do THIS . . for money. That's just plain evil. Any government that turns a blind eye to such practices is unlikely to listen to the protests of anyone. Start reading labels folks and stop buying products with any link whatsoever to Japan. I suspect that only a financial protest will have any effect whatsoever. Certainly civilised people open to logical and democratic processes who care even slightly for our planet or its occupants, could not possibly allow such practices to continue especially when the end product is simply profit.

Karen B. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 5:02 pm
This is barbaric behavior and the public should apply enough pressure to Japanese companies to stop it.

Darlene K. (361)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 5:09 pm
Petition was signed, and I will continue to add my voice to raise the awareness with actions to help this important cause of protecting the dolphins...thank you for all you do...much love and peace...namaste

Anita Valdmane (65)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 7:52 pm
Dolphins are one of our closest relatives regarding brain activity. Killing them is like killing one of our own relatives!

Dee C. (23)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 8:14 pm
Thank you!
You already signed this petition at 3:25 pm PDT, Jul 16, 2009.

Many thanks to Randy and Care2 for caring about this..Thanks for all you do..

Debra Kampfer (1)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 8:25 pm
I want my grandchildren's children to be able to enjoy these beautiful creatures.Please stop the killing.Deb Kampfer

K. A. Hilliker (293)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 10:49 pm
See? One petition DOES make a difference! And we're afraid that our voices (signatures) would mean anything! It does, it does, it does! The only way to make changes in this world is to ACTIVELY take part in ways to achieve it. I hope this movie will bring, to people who aren't aware of this issue to be made to think, and act, as we here on Care2 have!

We must ALL do our part to shut down the slaughter of innocent dolphins!

Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 1:31 am
I hope the slaughter stops. The filmmakers and people at Care2 are certainly making sure this happens. Many thanks.

Laurie Peterson (15)
Monday August 24, 2009, 2:54 pm
Terrific movie...Very empowering and inspirational.


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