Rally against dolphin killings


Hawaii residents are organizing Japan Dolphins Day 2013, a protest of the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins, as documented in the Academy Award-winning movie “The Cove.”

Local activists are planning a protest of the annual dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, Japan, with a peaceful gathering scheduled for Friday, Aug. 30, from 1-5 p.m. in front of the Japanese Consulate of Hawaii at 1742 Nuuanu Ave. in Honolulu. Folks from all over the state are invited to participate.

“The protest coincides with the start of the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. Each year from Sept. 1 through the end of March, thousands of dolphins are driven to the shores of Taiji. The majority are brutally killed and the remaining dolphins are sold into a life of captivity,” said spokeswoman Belinda Barnes.

“This protest is part of Japan Dolphins Day, an annual worldwide event headed by renowned activist Ric O’Barry. O’Barry is active in creating worldwide pressure against the Japanese dolphin slaughter, including generating petitions with more than 2 million signatures from 151 countries,” she said. “He is involved in investigations and monitoring in Taiji and in exposing toxic mercury in Japanese dolphin meat products.”

For more information, call Barnes at 808-741-5656.

 

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