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  • Cove Alert: Save Japan Dolphins

    The Cove is an nominee for best documentary in the upcoming Academy Awards. I received this message from Ric Barry who heads up the campaign to save the dolphins. Donate to the cause. Watch the awards ceremony.

    From Ric Barry:

    This is a heads-up that our work, as featured in the blockbuster documentary The Cove, will be coming up at the Academy Awards telecast this weekend!

    You can watch us vie for the Best Documentary Award on Sunday night March 7th at 8pm Eastern Time (US). The event will also be streaming live online at: www.livestream.com/academyawards

    We are beyond excited about what this means to the Save Japan Dolphins Campaign! More than ONE BILLION people are expected to view the Oscars. And the Oscars are the most-watched television show in Japan!

    We need to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:

    * ramp up efforts around the world to press Japan to end the slaughter and stop all sales of poisoned dolphin meat;
    * get hundreds of thousands of people in Japan to go see the subtitled version of The Cove. (An Oscar win could ensure that The Cove opens in more theaters, with greater media coverage and pubic impact);
    * increase our monitoring of the cove in Taiji, and bring over journalists, celebrities, and members of the public to stand firm against the dolphin killing.

    Please give us as generous a contribution as you are able.

    I hope you can help me translate the powerful message of The Cove into an end of the dolphin killing in Japan.

    Your donations make it possible for me to get back to Japan, and for us to reach out to the hundreds of media outlets that will be focused on the Oscars next Sunday.

    You probably won’t see me on the red carpet next Sunday, and I’ve never owned a tuxedo. But I will be there in the auditorium, waiting for that white envelope to be opened for Best Documentary, and knowing what it could mean for the dolphins and people of Japan.

    Even if we don’t win, the publicity from being nominated has been huge.

    But we do need funds to get our message out to the media, and we need follow-up to get the Japanese version of The Cove movie out in Japan, where it will do the most good.

    Please donate and support our efforts to save the dolphins.

    I’ve witnessed people in Japan watch this film and learn of our efforts for the first time, and many are as shocked as we are. Most have no idea that the killing is even happening and don’t support it continuing. These people hold the hope for building internal pressure in Japan to stop the slaughter.

    Thanks for being part of our historic campaign, for watching and keeping fingers crossed on March 7th, and mostly for your constant help for the dolphins!

    Ric O’Barry
    Campaign Director
    Save Japan Dolphins

    P.S. Give what you can today! All of our travel and organizing costs money.

    P.P.S. Learn more by going to our blog at savejapandolphins.org/blog.html.