aka "Save Japan Dolphins Day"
September 1st is the start of the Dolphin Hunt in Taiji Japan. During the 2010-2011 drive hunt, the Taiji Fisheries Union killed 850 dolphins. An additional 171 were sold into captivity. These numbers are multiplied annually without stopping... In the past even more dolphins (and whales) were killed annually in Taiji and other Japanese port hunts. This traditional slaughter has been happening every year for decades in Taiji Japan and right now there is absolutely no desire by the dolphin hunters to stop their targeted killing.
( The following press release was in advance of the actual event held on Sept 1st 2011)
Press Release for The Houston Site Event Held Outside the Japanese Consulate
I am the 2011 Houston Area Coordinator for the "International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji" also referred to as "Save Japan Dolphins Day". We are one of many locations rallying together to call attention to this atrocity and bring it to a grinding halt. This dolphin drive is driven by greed and public demand for the dolphin meat and entertainment. Many people are not aware that the Inland Dolphin Shows are directly tied to this drive. The sale of one dolphin to the Aquariums that are captured from Taiji or similar hunts is from $100,000 to $300,000 dollars. The dolphin hunts are very bloody and pods of dolphins are forced into and annihilated in The Cove, while a few are chosen each time to be sold to live out their lives in captivity, performing for the masses. Dolphins are a very social loving group, and the death of an entire pod of parents, siblings, & babies weigh heavily on the few that remain alive to be trained & sold to the Dolphin and Whale Entertainment Aquarium Centers. Many captured dolphins live very short lives dying from stress and disease. Their confined living conditions are not conducive to life. The general public is unaware of the huge turnover of dolphins for their entertainment.
A Houston educational and demonstrative Event will be held on Sept 1st in front of the General Consulate of Japan at 909 Fannin Street to bring attention to the general public that Taiji Japan dolphin hunts and slaughter will begin this day, and continue on until March of next year. It will continue Every Year unless we cause it to Stop. Our message is simple: JAPAN, LET THE DOLPHINS LIVE & BE FREE!!!
I am Inviting Anyone and Everyone that can, to come and participate in the educational demonstration here or any of the other places listed (a global map of participants is available @ http://www.savejapandolphins.org/). This will be a peaceful protest and we ask that the Message at this gathering be Positive. The Target of Focus is to be centered on education towards awareness and change in reference to the actual acts of condoning and killing of the dolphins, and not on the Japanese People .
There will be many things to look at at the Educational Table at the site of the Japanese Consulate, and there will also be a "Cove Guardian" here on site to explain her own experiences and the happenings at Taiji first hand. We also plan to have gifts for donations to the Cause of "Save Japan Dolphins". The following location/schedule is for Houston, but this is a World Wide Event, and is happening at Japanese Embassies, & Consulates in quite a number of Ppaces. If you cannot make it to the one in Houston, please note that there are other things you can do to support this Cause. (see "More Info" Below)
Houston Location & Time:
909 Fannin Steet
Houston , Tx. 77010
Outside the Japanese Consulate
from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
For MORE INFO:
http://www.countdowntocove.com/ and "International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji" created by Save Misty the Dolphin
"The Cove" watch the free Cove documentary on line @ www.documentarywire.com
Cheryl Gordon, Event Coordinator for Houston's Event: "International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji Japan" also referred to as "Save Japan Dolphins Day"
A SYNOPSIS OF THE SEPT 1ST INTERNATIONAL EVENT
TO SAVE THE JAPAN DOLPHINS
TO SAVE THE JAPAN DOLPHINS
I believe that the Sept 1st 2011 International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji Event was a Great Success! The Houston Texas Event was my own group, but there were 40 + other dolphin activists in numerous cities participating in this world-wide protest to save the dolphins of Japan.
Our group alone included 15 participants outside the Houston Japanese Consulate on Sept 1st, protesting the killing and sales of dolphins and whales in Taiji. We gave away over 800 handouts of postcards and business cards regarding this event. We had multiple contributions to the Save Japan Dolphins Fund. We gathered signatures for a Petition to Save Japan Dolphins. We cultivated much interest and won many hearts for the dolphins... We held a peaceful demonstration, and I believe it was an informative and successful event. We were proud to have a former Cove Guardian as a Speaker... As the Houston International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji, I am indebted to all who helped make this happen and be successful.
We were but one group of many collaborating to make this Cause known to the World in hopes of getting more people to take a stance in saying NO and in stopping this senseless slaughter. Some groups were perhaps of ten, and others were much larger... Whatever the size, there are similar success stories of each participating activist group, reaching out to the public through different ways & means of approaching and telling the story ~ All around the World. But words do not get the point across as well alone as with inclusion of visual so I am including the compilation event video to help to drive this point to where it must go, that is: The Peoples Hearts.
I believe this is an impressive and persuasive Youtube video production created by "Save Misty the Dolphin" for The International Day of Awareness for the Dolphins of Taiji in colaboration with "Save Japan Dolphins" showing the multi-international participation in this Sept 1st event to save the Japan dolphins ~ click on the video below & then click on the supersize expanded version and sit back in your chair to see for yourself:
If You Want to Help Save the Dolphins I Recommend Joining Save Misty the Dolphin on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/Savemistythedolphin
and Check out the Website of Save Japan Dolphins @
See you There!