Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Cove Exposed - Issue 7

Dear Dolphin Savers,

I hope you will tune in this Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) to Larry King on CNN, 8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific. Actor Ben Stiller and I will be Larry’s special guests to talk about the Save Japan Dolphins Campaign.

This is a real thrill for me, and a crucial way to spread the word. CNN will be broadcasting this story in 122 countries!

Also, The Cove movie has made the short list of 15 films being considered for an Oscar nomination (see "More Publicity" below).

Shortly after this Thanksgiving weekend in the US, I will be leaving my family once again to travel to Japan with the Save Japan Dolphins Team to screen The Cove in cities around the country and to bring copies of The Cove to Japanese decision-makers.

Thank you for your generous donations to help me and the Save Japan Dolphins Campaign fund these key trips.

In September elections, the Japanese voted in a new political party to replace the long-reigning LDP, which had run Japan since the 1940’s.

It is unclear whether the new Japan PM and his party will stop the slaughter of dolphins and whales. They are said to be opposed to government subsidies, which certainly SHOULD put Japan’s whaling scheme on the chopping block! Millions of taxpayer yen are wasted each year on sending the whaling ships to Antarctica for phony “scientific” research whaling, as well as millions more in bribes to small nations in return for their voting for whaling at the International Whaling Commission meetings.

Finally, the new party is very interested in protecting the environment. The threat of mercury poisoning should therefore resonate with them.

Recently, at a press conference, reporter Boyd Harnell confronted the new Minister of Public Health, Mizuho Fukushima, with the dangers of mercury-contaminated dolphin meat. He presented her with copies of some of his pioneer articles for The Japan Times and several scientific reports, including several provided by our Save Japan Dolphins Coalition.

So we feel the time is right for Japan to finally end the slaughter of dolphins and whales, once and for all.

Once the people of Japan learn the truth about the dolphin slaughter through viewing The Cove and getting the scientific and educational information we provide, they will stop the slaughter – I am sure of it.

It won’t be easy, but you can rest assured that I will not give up, nor will my colleagues with the Save Japan Dolphins Coalition.

Thank you again for your support of our efforts to protect dolphins and whales in Japan. With your kind help, I know we will succeed.

Ric O'Barry
Campaign Director
Save Japan Dolphins Coalition

If you can help, please consider a tax-deductible donation: http://www.savejapandolphins.org/donate.php


The upcoming issue of Earth Island Journal features an exclusive story about Ric O’Barry and the Save Japan Dolphins Campaign. To receive a PDF electronic copy, click here:

One of our friends made me a beautiful nobori (a traditional Japanese banner) that says in Japanese "Save Japan's Dolphins." I'm bringing it with me to Japan to display all over the country. For those of you who are able to donate $100 or more, I will have your name inscribed on the banner as a sponsor of my trip. Thanks for being part of this growing list!

The upcoming issue of Earth Island Journal features exclusive interviews and in-depth stories about the Save Japan Dolphins Campaign. For a donation of $35, (or $100 for nobori sponsors) we will send you a copy of the Journal, and a full year's subscription.


Taiji fishermen have – quite amazingly – not killed dolphins yet this year. However, they are still killing pilot whales for meat and netting bottlenose dolphins for the international dolphin trafficking industry. We need to stop all killing of dolphins and whales, and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) must take action to stop their members from subsidizing the slaughter by buying choice specimens at outrageous prices for captivity and “swim-with-dolphins” programs. Go to our website and take action.

Want to do more? Get your friends and family to go to the website, host a house party, or Cove movie showing for the Save Japan Dolphins Coalition.


The Cove movie has made the short list of 15 documentaries being considered for final nomination for an Academy Award as Best Documentary next March. We salute Louie Psihoyos and the Oceanic Preservation Society for their incredible support for dolphins and their artistic achievement.

The British newspaper The Guardian did this wonderful editorial about The Cove.

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