After months of campaigning and promoting, the dolphins have finally received their moment in the spotlight.
If you watched the Academy Awards, you saw activist Ric O’Barry and Director Louie Psihoyos accept the Oscar for Best Documentary award for their work on The Cove, a controversial film created to draw awareness to the senseless slaughter and poisoning of dolphins.
During the acceptance speech, Rick O’Barry hoisted up a sign encouraging viewers to text the word “DOLPHIN” to 44144, which connects people to our Care2 petition.
Care2′s Dave Chameides recently wrote, “Ric O’Barry [is] the man who trained Flipper for the TV show of the same name, and inadvertently started a multi-million dollar dolphin industry. O’Barry is the first human to have had longterm intimate contact with these creatures (who some say may be more intelligent than humans) and quickly realized that captivity was not where they belonged. Over the past 35 years he has continued a quest to free captive dolphins, and The Cove is the culmination (but surely not the end) of his trek.”
Chameides couldn’t be more right. In fact, now that most of the world has seen the horrific plight of the dolphins, it’s time to start the even harder job of getting the film shown to people that have the power to stop it- the Japanese.
Care2 and The Cove joined forces to make sure all information is available for the world–especially the Japanese–to see. The truth is, many Japanese are still unaware of what’s happening in their waters and what’s being served to them on their plate. Urge President Obama, Vice President Biden and Japanese Ambassador to the United States Ichiro Fujisaki to address this issue at once. Sign the Care2 letter today!
In a message to supporters, O’Barry stated: “Officials in Japan are threatening repercussions against university and community groups that dare to show The Cove. Dolphin-killing fishermen’s unions are threatening lawsuits against theaters that show the film. There are even some signs that I could face arrest in Japan, even though I’ve broken no laws whatsoever.”
O’Barry may be a reluctant warrior, but he promises that these threats won’t keep he and his Save the Dolphins Team out of Japan. In fact, he is making plans to spend months there, reaching out to young people about the dangers of mercury-contaminated dolphin meat and the slaughter of the dolphins they love.
Help now by sending a clear message to Japan’s Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety. Sign and send the Care2 petition asking for the sale of mercury-laden dolphin meat to end now.
You can also visit the Cove’s official website to learn five more things you can do to create worldwide awareness of this annual practice, as well as the dangers of eating seafood contaminated with mercury.
Put pressure on those in power. Please sign the Care2 petition and help end the slaughtering of dolphins in Japan.
Image Credit: www.thecovemovie.com