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We hope that you will join us on Sept. 1 for Japan Dolphins Day. This year, together with the Save Misty the Dolphin social media campaign, we are unveiling a new website, JapanDolphinsDay.net. By registering, you will be able to browse and join existing events, create one of your own, and learn more about the issue through FAQs and other resources.
Each year, September 1 marks the beginning of the dolphin hunting season in Taiji, Japan. Initiated by Ric O'Barry, JDD presents the chance for people to voice concern over the Taiji slaughters and the dolphin captivity trade that fuels these killings in front of Japanese consulates and embassies, or at other public places to reach out. The number of dolphins being killed for meat has gone down 50% since we started our campaign, but the number of dolphins being caught for captivity has sky-rocketed.
Please join us on September 1 for this international day of action for the dolphins! As in past years, Ric will be on the beach at the Cove on Sept. 1st, so be sure to help support him.
Donate HERE to assist the Japan Dolphins Day events around the world.
Dolphin Personhood, Rights and Captivity Ban in India
On May 17, the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) made a landmark decision to prohibit cetacean captivity within India. This decision reflects a growing understanding that dolphins deserve to be free and should not be held captive for any reason.
Earth Island's Dolphin Project sent funds raised by generous supporters like you to the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO), who lead the campaign within India. With them, we helped to educate ministry staff and government officials about the intelligence of dolphins, and helped to garner public support of a ban on captivity.
For more information on what dolphin personhood means, and the implications of the MoEF's decision, see our article in the Earth Island Journal blog.
Ric Assists with Korean Dolphin Rehab and Release
Three dolphins that were illegally captured in Korea are now on their way back to freedom through a rehabilitation and release project headed by the Korean Animal Welfare Association, Ewha University and with cooperation from the Mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon.
Ric was invited as a consultant to determine the physical and psychological state of the dolphins. He reported that all three were doing very well and expects they will be ready for release sometime this summer.
This project provides additional proof that it is possible to successfully rehab and release captive dolphins, as Ric has shown time and again. It is hoped that these projects will become more common as respect for dolphins continues to grow.
Donate HERE to help us keep this work going.
David Phillips, International Marine Mammal Project, Earth Island Institute
We're leading the effort to stop the largest killing of dolphins in the world, and greatly appreciate your help!
Get more updates on our campaigns at our Blog pageHERE
Helping dolphins around the world is crucial. Your donations support rapid response to SOS calls for cetaceans in need, monitoring at the Cove, getting the word out about mercury poisoning in dolphin meat and much more. Please share this email alert with your friends and family. And remember that your ongoing donations make a huge difference! DONATE HERE
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