Tuesday, August 4, 2009

“The Cove” Opening in US Theaters Now!

By Mary Jo Rice
Associate Director
International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute

“The Cove” movie, documenting the efforts of Ric O’Barry and the Save Japan Dolphins Coalition to stop the slaughter of dolphins and whales in Japan, is opening now throughout the US.

You can hear Ric O’Barry and “The Cove” Director Louie Psihoyos speaking on National Public Radio here:


Please go see “The Cove,” and get your friends and family to see it too! You can find out where and when it is playing and buy advance tickets by visiting:


Then, please urge people to take action:


The Cove opened in theaters in New York City and Los Angeles on Friday, July 31st. It opens in additional theaters in the US on August 7th (and some theaters will show it later in August).

“The Cove” is an intense and inspiring experience. It received standing ovations in various film festival circuit theaters. It received the Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and has so far garnered further Audience Awards at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, the Newport Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, and Best of Festival Blue Ocean Film Festival, and best documentary at the Galway, Ireland, Film Festival. Film critics across the nation are giving “thumbs up” to “The Cove” movie and the dolphins.

The Save Japan Dolphins Coalition wants to bring everybody who sees “The Cove” into our campaign to stop the slaughter. We believe this will be an historic opportunity for whales and dolphins. Your help is needed to make sure we can take advantage of the worldwide publicity and public support for dolphins and whales.

While planning continues for our efforts in Japan, we need to make sure that people who see “The Cove” go to our website and take action.

We encourage everyone who see “The Cove” to visit our website to take action for dolphins and whales.

If you would like to volunteer in your city to get the word out about “The Cove” and our campaign, please contact me at mjrice@earthisland.org .

Your help is greatly appreciated!

And, we need continuing funding to make sure “The Cove” is properly publicized and seen in Japan, and to help grassroots Japanese groups fight the slaughter of dolphins and whales. Please contribute if you can:


The Save Japan Dolphins Coalition consists of Earth Island Institute, Elsa Nature Conservancy of Japan, Ocean Care, In Defense of Animals, Campaign Whale, and the Animal Welfare Institute.

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