Save the Taiji dolphins.

Protest the slaughter and speak out against mercury poisoning.

Japan Dolphin Day 2010, Thursday, October 14th, 12:00 Noon

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Photo courtesy of the Elsa Nature Conservancy.

Download these signs, in English and Japanese for maximum impact, to take to the protest.

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JAPAN DOLPHIN DAY
WHAT: A peaceful protest to stop the largest remaining dolphin slaughter in the world at the Japanese Consulate, a worldwide protest against Japan's killing of over 22,000 dolphins. To protest the slaughter and speak out against mercury poisoning.

WHEN: We hope to see you on Thursday, October 14, 12 NOON to 2 PM!

WHERE: Japanese Consulate office. 601 Union Street, Suite 500, Seattle, Washington 98101

An international day of protest will be held on October 14th to call on the Japanese authorities to ban the brutal slaughter of dolphins, porpoises, and other small whales.

Orca Network volunteers and other groups will be at the Japanese Consulate in downtown Seattle for the protest. You are welcome to make up your own signs and banners to let people know what the protest is about. Please use non-threatening language. Please stay on the public sidewalk in front of the building. If you want, bring a red flower to lay at the edge of the sidewalk to represent the blood of the dolphins slaughtered by Japan.

WHY: On Japan Dolphin Day, October 14, 2010, Seattle will be one of many cities participating in a global protest to call for an end to the needless killing of dolphins and porpoises off the eastern coast of Japan. In spite of the international outcry against it, the Japanese government still condones the largest remaining dolphin slaughter in the world.

Activists in Japan are asking the world community to speak out as they feel this is the best way to put pressure on their government to stop the senseless and brutal annual killing of over 22,000 dolphins and porpoises. Most of the Japanese people do not know this slaughter takes place due to a media blackout in Japan regarding this horrific event.

The Japanese government is knowingly exposing their people to toxic levels of mercury in the dolphin meat that is consumed. Mercury causes severe birth defects and brain damage. Japanese officials are forcing children to eat mercury-contaminated dolphin meat in school lunches. Not only the dolphins, but the innocent children of Japan need our help.

The dolphin drive hunts destroy defenseless, highly intelligent, self-aware mammals in the most brutal way imaginable. These socially complex mammals witness the screaming slaughter of their close family group in a sea turned red with blood, but won't abandon their pod. Some of the survivors are captured and sold to dolphin traders. These dolphins are then transported off to live the rest of their lives confined in pools as "entertainment" in captive swim programs and dolphinariums. The hunts would not be economically viable without the sale of these live dolphins to unscrupulous dolphinariums. The killing of defenseless dolphins and other small whales by the Japanese drive hunts is condemned internationally by many scientific and conservation organizations.

Help us send a powerful message to the Japanese dolphin hunters and their government: STOP THE DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER NOW. STOP EXPOSING YOUR PEOPLE TO MERCURY. We need to let them know that these crimes against nature are unacceptable to the rest of the world.

For more information about the dolphin drive hunts, their connection to the captive display industry, and toxic mercury exposures in Japanese children go to: Save the Taiji dolphins.

See the Academy award winning documentary about the work to save dolphins: "The Cove", now available on DVD.

For more information contact:

Orca Network
Email Orca Network
(360) 678-3451
1-866-ORCANET

or call DJ Mar at Eco-Elements (206-467-7745)

or contact Nancy Morris - Save Japan Dolphins Coalition - Seattle at 206-533-6155, Orca Network volunteer;

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has!"
-- Margaret Mead

Peaceful Protest Against Japan's Dolphin Drive Hunts

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Unscrupulous dolphinariums financially support the hunts by buying live dolphins - usually young females - from the fisherman to be used for captive display. These animals witness the screaming slaughter of their close family group, in a sea turned red with blood, before being transported off to live the rest of their lives confined in pools as ‘entertainment’.

Click on the link at the bottom of the page to find out more about the dolphin drive fisheries and their connection to the captive display industry.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS

Orca Network has joined a group of over 55 organisations around the world who are opposed to this slaughter. All the groups are supporting a day of peaceful protest in cities around the world, including London, Paris, Washington DC, New York and Brussels, to let the Japanese Government know that dolphin drive hunts are simply not acceptable to the international community.

The protests will take place outside Japanese embassies around the world on September 25th; after the drive hunt season in Japan begins.

Please join us on the day and help us make a stand against this senseless slaughter!

Orca Network staff joined the protest at the Japanese Embassy in Seattle for the protest with banners on Sptember 20, 2006.

In spite of an unrelenting downpour on September 20, Japan Dolphin Day, 35 people gathered in front of the Japanese Consulate in downtown Seattle, WA, joining activists in 23 other cities over the globe to protest the brutal, annual dolphin drive hunt and slaughter. Although holding rain soaked protest signs and leaflets, activists from Orca Network, Sea Shepherd International including Sea Shepherd captain Alex Cornelissen of the Farley Mowat, dolphin scientist Dr. Toni Frohoff, nature writer Brenda Peterson, and others clearly sent the message that they will continue to protest the horrific slaughter of over 20,000 beautiful self aware mammals until the Japanese government stops this crime against nature.

One security officer kept an eye on us, along with a police car parked at the curb. Two members of Orca Network attempted to deliver red flowers and a dolphin balloon to the Consul General's office. Police officers followed them inside where the Orca Network members were told they couldn't leave anything in the building. At the end of the protest, the security officer said, he was with us; it was just his job. He let us leave all the red flowers at the edge of the sidewalk by the consulate building. One member of the protest handed him a leaflet, which he said he would read.

It would be wonderful if we never have to protest the brutal destruction of a sentient species again. Sometimes there are miracles!
Nancy Morris
Thanks to DJ Mar, Nancy Morris, Cindy Hansen, Toni Frohoff & Brenda Peterson for all their efforts to make the Seattle Dolphin Protest a success.

Photos from September 20th, 2006 - Worldwide protest against Japan's dolphin drives and slaughter

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Dolphin altar at Japanese Embassy, September 20, 2006

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Toni Frohoff at Japanese Embassy, September 20, 2006

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Brenda Peterson at Japanese Embassy, September 20, 2006

Click here to find the Japanese Embassy in your city or country .
Protest Sign for anyone to use.
It can be printed by any photo-copy place on tabloid size card stock.


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