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1.7 Million Oppose Dolphin Hunt: Cove Star Delivers Petition in Japan (VIDEO)

1.7 Million Oppose Dolphin Hunt: Cove Star Delivers Petition in Japan (VIDEO)

Ric O’Barry, the man who trained Flipper more than 30 years ago and then started the world movement to end the capture and killing of dolphins, was just in Tokyo to protest this year’s dolphin hunt. While there, he presented a petition — with more than 1.7 million signatures — against the dolphin slaughter. 

Star of the movie, The Cove, O’Barry now has such notoriety in Taiji, where the dolphin killings take place, that it is no longer safe for him to return. But O’Barry says it’s thanks to the backlash against his actions in Japan that have led the movie to garnering a great deal more attention than it would have otherwise received. 

If the killings can be stopped, O’Barry wants to help Taiji find other sources of income, such as tourism.

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6:25AM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

sign the petitions, give donations to Earth Island Institute, buy gifts from their shop, support Ric O'Barry by fundraising in local supermarkets or on the streets (you will need a permit for the latter). Support Sea Shepherd activist organization who are involved with this as well as the sharks and whales.

9:46AM PST on Jan 23, 2011

I never buy Japanese products. I do like california rolls but l refuse to eat them. I would never eat raw fish or especially dolphin and whale meat. With so many fish in the sea why eat a mammal that has protected man since man entered waters. In Greece and other countries there is a law that
protects dolphins. Why can't Asians have laws? Apparently they can kill and eat anything and they do so even knowing mercury levels in dolphins are high. Knowing they don't care for their own health doesn't give me hope that they will stop slaughtering whales, dolphins or sharks. Maybe the mercury has affected their brains and are unable to think logically? Or they just don't care about anything except filling their
stomachs and pocket books. I hope I am wrong.

3:41PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

Have signed the petitions and contacted Japanese Ambassador to Ireland

12:03AM PDT on Sep 27, 2010

Hello again! this is Alaina and im 8 years old, i have left comments here before but i thought that i would let you all know that my dad and i have worked on my webpage and its getting better, go visit and comment on the facebook section!

10:45PM PDT on Sep 22, 2010

Thanks Ana, I signed the petition:
Stop the Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji, Japan

My comments added below:
i am deeply saddened and appalled that these horrific acts continue. These animals are intelligent and compassionate and show concern for humans despite our inhumane treatment of their species and the earth. Our continuing disregard for life and nature has ongoing dire consequences. How do you face your children and grandchildren? How do you look at yourself in the mirror? How do you sleep at night knowing of the nightmares you create and the karma that besieges you?

11:22PM PDT on Sep 20, 2010

Stop the Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji, Japan
please sign:

6:14AM PDT on Sep 19, 2010

It's wonderful to see a young person thinking more about Animal Welfare than their material possessions.
Sadly, most young ones today, only recognise a "give me" kind of society.
Just be aware, that you will see & read about, some horrible acts of cruelty done by Humans to Animals, on this web site. It's a good thing that your Dad is helping you.

3:02AM PDT on Sep 19, 2010

please sign:

11:55AM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

I am 8 years old and have just started on my mission to help save the dolpins and whales that are being killed. My father just put together a website for me , . I am trying to also put together a fund raiser at school, I may be young but we all have to do what we can to help!

11:50AM PDT on Sep 18, 2010

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