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Sep 13, 2006

Japan Dolphin Day: Abolish the Slaughter
Attend one of IDA's protests on September 20th

Every year from October through March in small towns along the
Japanese coast, fishermen kill about 20,000 marine mammals in
the most brutal way imaginable. They use loud noises to
disorient and herd whole pods of dolphins, porpoises and small
whales into shallow bays, then stretch nets across the mouth of
the bay to close off all exits. The next morning, the slaughter
begins, as fishermen use sharp spears and hooks to massacre the
helpless cetaceans. Most of them are butchered for meat that is
sold in restaurants and supermarkets, while some are sold to
marine parks where they spend years in loneliness and
deprivation for the "entertainment" of audiences.

This annual slaughter is the largest massacre of dolphins
anywhere in the world, and it continues because the atrocity is
deliberately kept hidden from the Japanese people. That is why
each year on September 20th, a host of groups around the world
join together to organize an international day of protest to
expose the killing and put pressure on the Japanese Government
to end it once and for all. As part of this day of action, IDA
and the Earth Island Institute (http://www.earthisland.org) will
co-host a demonstration at the Japanese consulate in San
Francisco to coincide with protests taking place around the
world. Volunteers from both groups will carry signs and hand out
literature condemning the slaughter. IDA will also hold protests
at the Japanese consulate in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland,
Ore.

What You Can Do:

1. Take part in Japan Dolphin Day on Wednesday, September 20th.
See a list of events and contacts
(www.earthisland.org/savetaijidolphins).

2. Attend IDA's protests against Japanese dolphin slaughter in
San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, or Portland, Ore. on
September 20th.

Los Angeles - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
350 S. Grand Ave., Suite 1700 (http://tinyurl.com/hnnau)
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Portland - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Corner of SW Morrison and Broadway (http://tinyurl.com/lwt54)
Portland, Oregon

San Francisco - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
50 Fremont St., Suite 2300 (http://tinyurl.com/f6o4m)
San Francisco, CA 94105

Seattle - 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
601 Union St., Suite 500 (http://tinyurl.com/krogg)
Seattle, WA 98101

Contact Melissa Gonzalez at (415) 388-9641, ext. 228 or
Melissa@idausa.org if you have any questions. If you don't live
in one of these cities, organize a protest at the Japanese
consulate or embassy nearest you.

3. WRITE JAPANESE OFFICIALS TODAY. Let them know that the blood
that continues to spill from the dolphins slaughtered in Japan
stains our humanity and taints Japan's international image.
Demand a permanent end to the drive fisheries and the
preservation of dolphins and whales as natural treasures.

CONTACT:
Ryozo Kato
Japanese Ambassador to the U.S.
2520 Mass. Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 238-6700
Fax: (202) 328-2187
jcc@embjapan.org

Minister of Fisheries
1-2-1 Ksumigaseki 1 Chome
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
100-8907 JAPAN
Fax: 81-3-3502-8220

4. For more information, including photos and video of the Taiji
dolphin slaughter, see www.savetaijidolphins.org .

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Posted: Wednesday September 13, 2006, 10:40 pm
Tags: small dolphins from and whales save slaughter porpoises brutal [add/edit tags]

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