London Protest March against Taiji Dolphin Slaughter

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Have you seen the documentary The Cove? If not, you need to stop what you’re doing right now and go watch it.  It’s a difficult watch. It’s emotional, thought-provoking and eye opening but it’s important.  If you don’t know what this Oscar-winning film is about, it focuses on the mindless, pointless, barbaric dolphin massacres that happen every year in Taiji, Japan.

From 1st September 2014, the start of the hunting season, to 8th February 2015, there have been 654 dolphins slaughtered in the cove, according to data compiled by the website Ceta-Base, from estimates given by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Japanese Fisheries Ministry. Last season, 831 dolphins were killed. These dolphins are being sold for meat (which is ridiculous due to the high mercury content) as well as being sold on to theme parks across the world for a large sum. Disgraceful!

Ric O’ Barry is spearheading the campaign. He started his career in dolphin training, most famously for training Flipper in the highly acclaimed TV series. But since then, he has dedicated his life to saving these beautiful creatures.

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Ric O’Barry

I have attended a few protest marches against this massacre and the biggest of which was most definitely the march in central London on 17th January.  We started at Hanover Square and accompanied by signs, banners and whistles paraded down Oxford Street and into Soho finishing in the grandeur of Trafalgar Square,  where several speeches took place.  All inspiring and touching.  I was personally excited to see Will Travers , CEO of the Born Free Foundation who gave an empowering and empassioned speech about the battle against captivity across the world.  He remains positive about the ‘inevitability of change’ that will come.

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Please check out the following websites for further information and dates for the next event.

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-against-the-Dolphin-Massacre-Taiji-Japan/212520505611738?sk=events
 http://dolphinproject.net
 http://www.seashepherd.org
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