Campaign Update April 2012
Cove Kill Ended till Fall; Partial Victory for Sad and Lonely
Thanks to our petition and to Japanese mixed martial arts star Enson Inoue, the Mayor of Taiji has moved dolphins Sad and Lonely to a bigger, outdoor tank at the Taiji Whale Museum.
We urged these two spotted dolphins to be released back into the wild, but the new tank at least will provide more room, fresh air and sunlight (the other tank was indoors). More details HERE.
The killing of dolphins in Taiji has ended until the Fall, but we are continuing to monitor activities at the Cove to make sure the world knows what is happening.
Protecting Dolphins in Germany and Switzerland.
I was recently in Germany and Switzerland alongside local organizations working to protect whales and dolphins. We had a great turnout at demonstrations outside Duisberg Zoo and Connyland Dolphinariums. Only three dolphinariums are left in Germany and Switzerland, and the Swiss Parliament just banned further import of live dolphins. Connyland is on the way out. The Duisberg Zoo has had 15 captive dolphin deaths in the last twenty years alone. More details HERE.
Also, for more info and to see videos of our demos, click HERE.
A Chance for Dolphins in Korea
Soon I’m off to Korea for a forum on rehabilitating captive dolphins. The government supports the return to the wild of at least one illegally caught dolphin. They have asked me to come to discuss the process of just how to do this.
Meanwhile local city governments in Korea want to restart commercial killing of minke whales, and “accidentally” entangled whales are being sold for food. So there is work to be done!
We must build the pressure on Korea to stop capture of dolphins and adopt a pro-whale and pro-dolphin policy for the entire country.
Wear Your Support!
Our friends at EFX have designed a sleek-looking charity wristband, complete with Ric’s embossed signature. More Info and to order one, click HERE .
EcoJoia offers a great line of t-shirts, jewelry, patches, bumper stickers, and other items for sale to support the Dolphin Project. Wear your support. Check out their website HERE.
Also, remember to check out the new reprint of my book Behind the Dolphin Smile, available at bookstores and online HERE.
Thanks for all the support! Your help is a key to the success of the Dolphin Project Team around the world. We can’t succeed without you.
Ric O’Barry, Save Japan Dolphins Campaign, Earth Island Institute