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Woody – Dolphins, Mountaintop Removal Mining and, yes, Taiji

This blogger is bummed.  Yes, it also bothers me when the Biebs sends a signal to millions of young girls that it is okay to keep wide-ranging creatures in a small concrete tank.

To Justin I would say, just because the dolphin tanks are bigger than your swimming pool, does not make it big enough for the dolphins.  Just because the dolphin tank is way deeper than your swimming pool does not make it deep enough for dolphins.

Woody Harrelson visits dolphins at Georgia Aquarium

Woody, don’t you know that the Georgia Aquarium sees the dolphins as a resource, an asset to be exploited? Photo from hypable.com

But when Woody Harrelson visits the world’s largest aquarium, and the one which is seeking to reverse 20 years of U. S. policy and practice against the taking of cetaceans from the wild for use in aquarium “exhibits”, well, that is a different matter.  Woody.  Don’t you know this?  Can’t you hear that in a world where it is wrong to remove the top of a mountain to get at its “resources”, it is also wrong to take wild, sentient, communal, far-ranging, deep-diving, echolocating, beings and treat them as “resources” and assets.

Woody.  Call me.  Call Naomi Rose.  Call Dr. Lori Marino.  Call Ric O’Barry.  Call Hardy Jones.  But please, call someone who is not financially motivated to keep dolphins in captivity.  Call someone who will tell you the truth about the connection between dolphin captivity anywhere and the Taiji dolphin drive hunt, which you know about.  Do the math.  You can see that the protestation from the aquariums that “we don’t have dolphins from the drive hunt” is an empty platitude.  Right?

But call.  Issue a correction.  Take the pledge that you will not go to a dolphin show.  Or hold one’s hands.  This is just plain wrong.

Pilot whale baby drowns in net as mother and family watch

Pilot whale baby drowns in net as mother and family watch. Nearly 250 pilot whales will be slaughtered this year, so that aquariums can have a few new “specimens” for their “exhibits”. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Noise is not a barrier. Swim through

I keep this thought in my head, and generally somewhere on Facebook, and try to share it whenever the Fishermen’s Union in Taiji, Japan, is out hunting dolphins.

A dolphin pod swimming without barriers

A dolphin pod swimming without barriers. Photo Credit Rhombus

At the point that I think the FU “fishermen” may have located dolphins and are plunging their long metal poles into the water, to bang on them, to create the illusion of a “wall” of sound, I step up the focus on my thinking.  You see, the dolphins use sound to locate stuff: family, prey, tools in some cases, and barriers.  In their reality, they “know” that sound that is coming at them like this loud banging is a barrier.

But we know that it is not.  The fishermen are only making noise.  On poles. In the water.

Know this for its truth, for as you consciously recall and know that it is true, that thought is not restricted inside your head:

There is only freedom and a few men in loud boats. Noise is not a barrier.

Swim through. Swim through.

Smile, celebrating, as the dolphins learn something new.

Never Give Up Atlanta, Georgia 111412 Photo Martha Brock

In the words of Save Misty the Dolphin, Never be silent ~ Never Give Up!  There is only freedom and a few men in loud boats.  Noise is not a barrier.  Swim through.  Swim through.  Photo Credit: Martha Brock

 

Taiji dolphin hunters reach new low – as they “have enough” pilot whales

Yesterday, the Taiji “fishermen” decided that they didn’t want to kill most of the 100-120 pilot whales they had trapped two days before, after having driven it via a cacophony of frightening noise and forced it to swim for untold distances into a death cove.

Pilot whales huddle as Taiji hunters select whales for slaughter

Pilot whales huddle as Taiji hunters select whales for slaughter. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conversation Society

For two days the pod saw its family members selectively ripped from among them.  For two days, the whales huddled, not knowing who would be next for the slaughter.  For two days, they swam in the stench of their family’s death.  A baby whale became trapped in the fishing nets, as its mother stayed close by,

Baby pilot whale trapped in fishing net Taiji, Japan

Baby pilot whale trapped in fishing net Taiji, Japan, as mother spy-hops nearby, helpless to intervene. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

repeatedly “spy-hopping”, helpless to do anything but stay as close as she could, while her baby drowned.

So there was something especially callous yesterday, as the “fishermen” decided that they would release the lion-share of the pod that they had driven by fear into that dead-end of life as the whales had known it.  If there were remorse on the part of the “fishermen”, if this signaled an end to the drive hunts, that would be another matter.  But all this signaled was that the “fishermen” had gotten enough use from this traumatized group of victims.  Much as rapists who have “had enough” and let their victims go, the “fishermen” decided that they had had enough use of the ones whom they had not killed but who had been forced to watch the murder of their family.

They decided to release those “survivors”.

Pilots whales terrified and traumatized are further traumatized during their release by Taiji hunters

Pilots whales terrified and traumatized are further traumatized during their release by Taiji “fishermen”. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The scene that unfolded yesterday as the “fishermen” conducted a “release” that was probably more brutal than the capture showed these men running into the whales, roping them, using the same cacophony of terror to drive them back out to sea – because the traumatized whales were too tired, confused, and frightened to know which direction to swim.  The scene that all witnessed should raise an international outcry.  The livestreaming video, narrated by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardian, Melissa Sehgal, is not a graphic one due to scale.  There is little visual clue, but Ms. Sehgal’s narrated film, now archived, described a day that few who watched will ever forget.

Taiji fishermen lasso a pilot whale to drag it

Taiji fishermen lasso a pilot whale to drag it to “freedom”. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

This is a new low by the fishermen.  Whether the trauma survivors will beach themselves, having been through an ordeal that few in this life have, we may never learn.

But I trust that you will find a new voice to match this new low, and that you will use it to secure a ban on this dysfunction of our society that allows and even supports the torment, trauma and death of creatures, a torment that the survivors carry with them.  Say that you, too, have had enough; you have had enough of the “fishermen’s” having enough.

Use your voice to stop this now.  Sign a petition to get media on the ground. Call the buyers of the mercury-tainted flesh and tell them that you know the history of the lives that they are now selling.  Stop this atrocity.  Now.

Gentle and timid pilot whales huddled as they await their fate in the Taiji Cove

Don’t turn away from these gentle and timid pilot whales, huddled as they await their fate and the blood of their family streams in from the Taiji Cove. Photo Credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

100-120 Pilot Whales Trapped in The Cove, Taiji, Japan

CALL TO ACTION!!

We have as little as seven hours to act to save 100-120 pilot whales and the people who will eat them.  Media coverage, reach out to Japanese embassies worldwide, something immediate is needed to stop this atrocity.

Fishermen's Union pilot whales 103012 Taiji Japan

,Dolphin hunters corral 100-120 pilot whales, whose fate will be decided in as little as seven hours. Photo Credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians

The Fishermen’s Union (FU) of Taiji, Japan, has once again herded a pod of 100-120 pilot whales into a “killing cove.”  As night passes in Taiji, the rest of the word could act to save them.  But will the world, or even the villagers of Taiji, ever know?  While most of the people of Japan are unaware of this slaughter, the mainstream media could act to save not only whales, but the people of Japan.

CNN reported a similar story in September, when the FU trapped 80-100 pilot whales, about half of whom were slaughtered and butchered and sold at market for human consumption, the rest of whom were released after multiple days of being held.  This media coverage may or may  not have impacted the decision to release half the pod.  But the media should be on the ground, reporting this, so that whales and people are spared.

The horror – and don’t be mistaken, this is a horror – impacts not only the pilot whales who will lose their lives.  The local citizens of Taiji, and those anywhere that the flesh of the slaughtered whales is shipped and consumed, will unwittingly be exposed to potentially toxic levels of mercury.

Pilot Whales 100-120 Taiji, Japan to be slaughter

These pilot whales, gentle and timid whales, may be slaughtered and see their families slaughtered as early as 3:30p.m. EDT US 12/30/12 or 4:30a.m., 10/31/12, Taiji, Japan. Photo Credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians

Pilot whale and dolphin meat has been demonstrated to have mercury above safe health-based levels, but most Japanese citizens who purchase this whale and dolphin meat are unaware of the dangers.  Mercury – in particular methylmercury, the form found in fish – is a neurotoxin with both immediate and chronic impacts.  Children exposed to methylmercury in the womb show impairments to cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, and fine motor and visual spatial skills.  In previous outbreaks of mercury toxicity, some mothers with no symptoms of nervous system damage gave birth to infants with severe disabilities.

Please shine a light on this atrocity right now, before the slaughter begins in as early as seven hours.

CALL TO ACTION: SIGN PETITION AND SHARE WIDELY TO LET THE BBC AND THE JAPANESE EMBASSIES IN THE UK AND THE UNITED STATES KNOW THAT HOURS REMAIN TO SAVE THIS POD.

And as always, please check the Save Misty the Dolphin page on Facebook for the URGENT ACTION being taken.

 

Because dolphins are not fungible, we will Follow The Six

We shall follow The Six, wherever they go, under whatever name or number the system gives them.  OR we shall identify that the system does not give them unique names and numbers, but instead, treats them as fungible as the dollars that paid for them.

One of The Six, packaged for transport, having been purchased by ASPRO International, one of the world's largest operators of "leisure parks." Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

One of The Six, packaged for transport, having been purchased by ASPRO International, one of the world’s largest operators of “leisure parks,” with purchasers, sellers and trainers making it happen. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

As written by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, ASPRO International, whose foundation’s motto involves “living creatures coexisting in harmony,” has acquired The Six – six bottlenose dolphins snatched by the Taiji Fisherman’s Union from their families in the seas of coastal Japan – and intends to ship them to a destination in Europe.  Since ASPRO owns 41 “leisure parks” in eight countries, following The Six may require some diligence.  Sea Shepherd has urged that individuals begin immediately contacting ASPRO.  A petition being circulated will include the ability to quantify the numbers of people who are reaching out to ASPRO to say, show that you mean what you say about “coexisting in harmony” and stop buying dolphins from the Taiji Drive Hunt.

Unnamed dolphn at ASPRO International

Unnamed dolphin at one of ASPRO International’s leisure parks. Photo credit: ASPRO website

While not specifically embodied in either the Sea Shepherd piece or the petition, the right thing to do, ASPRO, is to return The Six to the waters of Taiji and release them together while they can find their families and their lives.

Barring a release, we will follow them wherever you send them, ASPRO.  Wherever you send them among your 41 leisure parks in 8 countries to be part of your “gateway to [a] world of fun, leisure and entertainment” or outside your leisure park system, for the rest of their lives.

The Six, like all dolphins everywhere, are not fungible.  They are unique individuals, with unique histories, and names, whether you or I or we know them or not.  Do the right thing, live by your motto, and ensure that The Six are returned to their families.

Until that day, we will Follow The Six.

Why is it hard to stop the dolphin capture? Half a $million $reasons.

On October 9, 2012, the weather kept the boats in port in Taiji, Japan.  Many folks watching the news coming from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) Cove Guardians had gone on about their business, as the real business of Taiji transpired.  This morning, as life went on for many, over half a $million $reasons why the dolphin trade won’t stop were loaded into cargo crates, bound for destinations as yet unknown, on transport as yet unidentified.

Six dolphins, each worth, on average, over $100,000 to the Fisherman’s Union, were sold and bought, having been snatched from the ocean, where only weeks ago, they lived the life that nature gave them.  The life that mankind has now taken away.  For money.

The story unfolds for the six via a series of “tweets” from SSCS, the first, a foretelling of what was to come.

Taiji: Rain and wind have kept all killing boats in port today. However, large transfer truck at FU to transfer dolphins.

And the next with accompanying photo revealed that today was a fateful one for the six unfortunate dolphins:

Taiji: at least six dolphin transport crates are lined up at Fishermans Union. Police stand guard

SSCS Photo 1

Three of the six dolphin transfer crates are visible beyond the police standing guard at the Taiji Fisherman’s Union. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The next messages that were sent by the Cove Guardians told of first, one, then another, dolphin being loaded into crates heading for parts unknown, but certain of a life in captivity if they survived the transport.

Taiji:! First dolphin is in truck now. Second being lifted by crane 4 more waiting to be transferred

One dolphin already loaded, the second is hoisted in its sling in preparation to be placed in a transport crate before being loaded for parts unknown. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Taiji: First captive dolphin taken from harbor pens via sling

Taiji:! First dolphin is in truck now. Second being lifted by crane 4 more waiting to be transferred

What was also disturbing as the events progressed was how unremarkable it seemed.  Minutes ticked by and more dolphins lost their lives to a future controlled by a money machine.

Taiji: Third captive dolphin being place in air cargo crate.

Taiji: Dolphin killers on skiffs and using forklifts for transfer.

Taiji: transfer 6 on skiff now. Crane is in place lifting 5th Bottlenose dolphin.

Taiji: transfer 6 on skiff now. Crane is in place lifting 5th Bottlenose dolphin.

As the fifth dolphin is hoisted toward its stowage in a cargo box, the workers transport the sixth dolphin in a skiff just off camera. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The way these events transpired with a mechanical and well-rehearsed precision masked the deep and palpable grief that they forevermore created.  For the many of you who did not witness this, it may seem like a minor “incident”.   But rest assured, that to the degree we do not stop the captivity industry, with its mindset that dolphins are “cargo”  not to be appreciated, with their own rights and intrinsic value, then we are all, my friends, buying half a $million $reasons for grief.  A grief that will last for us all until they are all free.

Taiji: A total of six Bottlenose dolphins are loaded into airplane cargo containers in transport trucks.

Six bottlenose dolphins no longer belong to themselves or to the world in which they were born. They now belong to an artifice – an artificial world with artificial people and artificial water – that regards them as a thing, not a being. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

My heartfelt appreciation to Sammarye Lewis for the theme of this piece, to Sandy Young for its heart, and to the Cove Guardians for bearing witness with their lives.

Slaughtering dolphins in a drive hunt was news in 1980. Why not now?

When fishermen in the Japanese island of Iki began the practice of slaughtering dolphins in a drive hunt shortly before 1980, it was news.  The news spread, an outcry arose, and the outcry stopped the drive hunt slaughter.

When fishermen in the Japanese town of Taiji slaughter dolphins in the same kind of drive hunt in 2012, the silence from the media is deafening.  The outcry from the public is loud, the outcry is consistent.  And yet the Isana Fishermen’s Union kill more dolphins and whales at every opportunity, at market price.  With no media reporting this news.

Why the difference?

Dolphin Slaughter on in Japan

In 1980 it was news when fishermen in the town of Iki, Japan, drove dolphins to their deaths. The outcry stopped the slaughter. Why isn’t it “news” in 2012? Or 2011? Or . . .

While only the media knows why they make their decisions, a few facts highlight the differences between then and now.

  • The fishermen at Iki considered hunting dolphins as a means of exterminating a competitor for their fisheries.  Truth.  Read the news article.
  • The fishermen at Iki, recognizing that dolphin was not considered a food source, ground up the dolphins to use as fertilizer.  Truth.  Read the news article.
  • The Iki fishermen after “dismantling” the dolphins, also fed the ground up dolphins to pigs. Truth.  Read the other news article, from the Montreal Gazette.

But, more importantly,

  • The Iki fishermen were not paid hundreds of thousands of dollars on a “per dolphin” basis by the aquarium industry.
  • The Iki fishermen were not paid a per poundage basis that “human food” would fetch.

Because

  • The aquarium industry in 1980 did not shop for dolphins in Iki, Japan.
  • Japanese dolphins were not even sold, collaterally, as human food  in 1980.
Evening Independent 022980 Protestors barred from dolphin slaughter site in Iki Japan

Even though protestors were barred from the site, the world was watching, even in the limited a way we could in 1980, because the mainstream media was covering the news.

So, even though protestors were barred from the site of the Iki dolphin slaughter, the slaughter was halted.  Certainly, the activists at Greenpeace did not stop working merely because they were barred from witnessing the slaughter.  Much the same as the Sea Shepherd Conversation Society Cove Guardians and the Save Japan Dolphins Cove Monitors are not stopping, merely because of a few strategically-placed blue tarps.

Meanwhile, as the “CGs” and the “CMs” continue their work of documentation and deterrence, social media groups continue their campaigns to support the efforts of those on the ground by raising awareness not only of the horror on the ground, but where to find the real-time information, actions that people can take on their own by providing phone and fax numbers, email addresses, hashtags on Twitter, demonstration events, and focused “CALLs TO ACTION,” some to gain media attention.  The leadership also continues their good work to raise awareness, through the publication of books, such as Ric O’Barry’s re-release of Behind the Dolphin Smile.

I don’t know why media won’t show up.  But I do know that the main difference between 1980 and 2012 is in the following picture.

Sea Shepherd CS Cove Guardian pic 0912 dolphin headed to aquarium Dolphin Base Taiji Japan

A dolphin ripped from the ocean in September 2012 in Taiji, Japan, is destined for a life as a “trick pony” for the aquarium industry. Photo Credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians on Facebook

For more information and an engaging discussion where you’ll learn why a boycott against Japan as a whole is a misplaced idea, and where racism and hate speech will not be tolerated, please visit the Facebook community page of Save Misty the Dolphin.

Taiji Cove eyes creating a new tradition

Mark the date that this tradition started in Taiji.  Or at least the date that we all became aware of the plan by a very few Taijians to embark on a new form of dolphin treachery.

April 30, 2012.

Jiyu a dolphin who couldn't withstand captivity Taiji Cove

Jiyu a dolphin who couldn't withstand captivity, photo by Heather Hill of Save Japan Dolphins

The date that most of us learned that The Taiji Cove may become a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, instead of just a kill-the dolphins experience, or a capture-the-dolphins-for-the-dolphin-show experience, or a display-the-dolphins experience, or a capture-and-then-fail-to-make-a-dolphin-survive-captivity experience, or an eat-the-dolphins experience.

Seems that the only way these people do not want to experience the dolphins is free.  Living on their own terms, in their own environment.

That’s just sad.  Nope.  Incorrect.  It’s also despicable.

By the way, the hundreds-years-old “tradition”, the one of the Japanese dolphin drive-hunt, appears to have begun in approximately 1980.  Just sayin’.

Here are the various news outlets and bloggers that have reported it thus far:

Marine safari?  Give these people a clue.

 

Don’t Go to the Dolphin Show – Ric O’Barry Interview

Ric O'Barry after release of The Cove

Ric O'Barry after release of The Cove, photo from The Examiner

Ric O’Barry, from Save Japan Dolphins, articulates

  • why going to the dolphin show is what keeps the dolphin hunting and capturing money machine going
  • why dolphins bred in captivity is not an acceptable alternative

So, whether your local or not-so-local dolphin show or display is at the Georgia Aquarium, Sea World, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the National Aquarium, the Shedd Aquarium – don’t go.

Georgia Aquarium General Admission ticket price includes dolphin show:  Now that the Georgia Aquarium has included the price of the dolphin show in the General Admission price (but only a third or less of the participants will actually be able to make it into that horrid theater), everyone who goes to the Georgia Aquarium pays directly for dolphin captivity.  No longer can one rather craftily make the argument that they are going to see the jellies, but that they do not support dolphin captivity.  Nope.  Not any more.  The Georgia Aquarium is making you pay for that.  More on that later.

But now to Mr. O’Barry, who has worked for dolphin freedom for over 40 years, interviewed on February 16, 2012, by Veenarat Laohapakakul, for the show Viewpoint on ASEAN TV:


He also provides a pathway to dolphin freedom:

  • Stop the captures;
  • Rehabilitate and release the dolphins (who can be) already in captivity;
  • Use birth control for those dolphins already in captivity.

Freedom is not just another word for nothing left to lose.  Maybe it is for humans, who with those amazing thumbs can give up on their own lives.  But we have no right to project our own failings on the rest of the animal kingdom.

Just say NO! to the dolphin show.

For more information and how you can help:

Do you support dolphin capture? Not if you say No! to the Dolphin Show

Shaka Georgia Aquarium phinventory Ceta-base

Shaka, the Georgia Aquarium's wild-caught dolphin, photo from Ceta-base

How is going to a dolphin show or swim-with program directly linked to the capturing of dolphins?  And why should you pledge to not go to a dolphin show?  Because the dolphin shows create the market for dolphin capture, which, in turn, makes dolphin hunting and slaughter financially feasible enterprises.

Here’s how the captivity chain links up, from freedom all the way to enslavement and back again to freedom:

Link 1At the risk of being too obvious, I’m starting there anyway.  Without dolphins in captivity, the aquariums cannot put on their extravaganzas, their shows or maintain their displays.  So before the dolphin show (yes, there was a time in the 1950s before this jumping dolphin phenom took a strangle-hold over dolphin freedom), there was no impetus to capture them.  Dolphin freedom exists at this end of the chain, where there are no dolphin shows.

Some aquariums already have a few dolphins.  But captive breeding isn’t terribly dependable for producing a live dolphin.  The photo above was of Shaka, wild-caught, now living at the Georgia Aquarium.  Only one of Shaka’s three captive-born calves survived past two weeks; one was stillborn in September 1996, and the other died on her 16th day in November 1997.  Generally, dolphins in the wild give birth only every 2 to 4 years.  The third, Kolohe, will turn 18 on July 12, 2012.  In Hawaii.  Away from Shaka.  Without the need for captive dolphins, dolphins like Shaka would not have been captured.  In 1988.

Link 2Without the dolphin show, yea, that show in a city near you, there would be no need to keep dolphins, like Shaka, or the other ten dolphins at the Georgia Aquarium, in captivity.  And don’t believe the nonsense that captive dolphins are necessary for research.  We really don’t need to study them in captivity to understand how we might support their thriving in their natural, wild ecosystem.  Think about that one; it may catch you on the way home.  Certain marine biologists refuse to study them in captivity.

Without the dolphin show, the show in the city nearest you, no dolphins would be captured anywhere in the world, under any means of dolphin hunting. This includes the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, Japan.

Without the dolphin show, the show in the city nearest you, dolphins would not be injured or killed by the thousands each year in the process of capturing a few for that show, because generally speaking, the huge profits of selling dolphins to aquariums bankroll the slaughter operation as well.

Link 3:  Without the dolphin show, righto, that one near you, dolphin freedom happens.  I don’t mean to suggest that releasing the captives can happen overnight; I’ve written before about Ric O’Barry’s idea of making the show about rehabilitating the current captive and any future stranded dolphins for life in the wide open blue.  But it can happen if we have the will to do right by the dolphins.

Do you get it?  The dolphin show, yes, the one in the city nearest you, causes – yes, causes – dolphin capture, injury and slaughter.

And every new show can cause that much more capture, injury and slaughter.

But the great news: Two links (Links 1 and 3) have free dolphins, and only one link (Link 2) has captivity.  We have more links for  freedom than against, so it won’t be hard, if we stand together!  When we stop attending the dolphin show (Link 2), we have free dolphins again, as we did before this strange 1950s phenomenon took a strangle-hold over the lives of dolphins.

And if you don’t go to the dolphin show?  Well, I think you get it.

Jacques Cousteau No Aquarium no dolphin in tank can be considered normal

Hold this sign so people know that Jacques Cousteau did not support captivity, from www.marinecaptivityfacts.tumblr.com

What you can doOn Saturday, April 14 from 10a.m to 1p.m., come to the entrance of The Georgia Aquarium to learn about these links and to teach others about them and about the life that a dolphin lives in captivity versus the one it lives in the wild.

Hold a sign that repeats these words of Jacques Cousteau.  Hold a sign with Shaka’s picture.  Or Neile’s.  Or Phebe’s.  Or Pukanala’s.  Or Kei’s.  Or Makana’s.  Or Briland’s.  Or Lily’s.  Or Luna’s.  Or Bermudiana’s.  We don’t have a picture of Salvador.  But we won’t forget him.

Saturday, April 14, 2012; 10am – 2pm  The Georgia Aquarium, entrance on Baker Street

If you are on Facebook, click on the event page and tell us that you’re coming.  And like “Free the Atlanta 11” instead of watching dolphins perform tricks with Star Spinner, who thinks that the dolphins have taken the sea monsters to the bottom of the ocean.

If you aren’t in or near Atlanta, but on Facebook, please click the worldwide “Just Say NO! to the Dolphin Page” created by Save Misty the Dolphin to show that you “get it” and to show your support.

For a more information, see:

  • Save Japan Dolphins, Ric O’Barry and the Cove Monitors
  • Blue Voice, Hardy Jones,
  • Sea Shepherd and its Cove Guardians
  • Save Misty the Dolphin
  • If you have a website or blog on this issue, please leave a comment with your web address, and I will add you to a list of resources on creating dolphin freedom a reality for all dolphins everywhere
    Dolphin captivity chain link

    Dolphin freedom in the first and last links. Dolphin captivity only in the middle one. We can break this chain and re-establish dolphin freedom!

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