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  • The Moon, Dolphins, and Kevin Lily

    What do these three images have in common? The beings in each image are smiling! Although that might be true, the commonality I want to point out is water.

    Today is the 40th anniversary of the USA landing on the moon. Where are you going to get drinking water on a trip to the moon? You have to bring it with you. How are you going to make sure that the water doesn't grow nasty things in it during the trip? NASA invented silver ion technology to keep water pure for the astronauts on the 1969 Moon mission. That brings me to the dolphin.

    Dolphins do not tolerate chlorine. It causes their skin to rot. Dolphins in captivity need to be in chlorine-free pools. NASA's invention of silver ion technology for the Moon mission is now used to purify pool water for captive Dolphins. Silver-ion technology kills bacteria and algae. The resulting pool water exceeds the EPA standards for drinking water. Dolphins held captive for research no longer need to worry about chlorine rotting their skin. And that brings me to the third image—Kevin Lily.

    Similar to dolphins, Kevin and two friends (Danielle Katz and Brian Coggan) are mammals who will be spending a lot of time in the water over the next few months. Kevin's group left Bemidji, Minnesota today to travel the length of the Mississippi River. They are raising money for local, national and international charities working to alleviate the global water crisis. Their quest ends on October 10, 2009 at the 11th Annual Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans, LA. Check out their website.

  • Stop Japan From Killing Week: Children & Mercury

    Dolphin meat is incredibly high in mercury—toxic levels high. Knowing this, the fishermen shown in The Cove (see yesterday's post) convinced the local school to serve dolphin for the school lunches. The kids have to eat the lunch; they can't bring their own. These fishermen not only don't care about the dolphins but they also don't care about the kids getting dosed with Mercury. They do care about making money. (Photo courtesy of The Cove.)

    You'd think the fishermen would have learned about the dangers of mercury, given Japan's history with Minamata disease (the result of mercury poisoning). That disaster took the Japanese government 12 years to recognize. In the meantime thousands of people were affected.

    Note: Two courageous members of the school board protested serving the dolphin meat out of concern for the children. Since the release of the film, the school stopped serving dolphin.

    See The Japanese Government is Poisoning its Own Citizens.

    What can you do?

    Follow these suggestions from Take Part:

    1. Send a letter to our leaders, urging them to address this issue
    2. Share the petition with your friends, especially those living in Japan
    3. Expose the secret in Taiji by posting the "Secret is Out" widget on your own blog, MySpace or Facebook page
    4. Text DOLPHIN to 44144, and sign the letter straight from your phone
    5. Join the Facebook Cause and share the petition with your friends online
  • Stop Japan From Killing Week: Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless It's Fast

    The Cove documentary (see Stop Japan From Killing: Motivation) has one interview in it where an official claims that dolphins are slaughtered humanely, meaning quickly by severing the spine. The footage in the documentary seems to indicate otherwise. My question: Can there be humane killing? So it's okay to kill if you are quick, but not if you are slow?

    A brutal massacre that goes on from October through April is simply not humane. They slit the throats and harpoon bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, pilot whales, false killer whales, spotted dolphins, and Risso's dolphins. Why? Tradition. A tradition the Japanese claim to be proud of. Doesn't seem like anything to be proud of.

    This Keep Out Danger sign was put up to keep prying eyes from see the killing cove in Japan. Photo courtesy of The Cove.

    What can you do? Follow these suggestions from Save the Dolphins:

    1. Write the Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuo Fukuda, and tell him you will not purchase any Japanese products or visit Japan until they stop killing and capturing dolphins and whales or "Click Here to compose and send your message" directly to the Japanese Prime minister Yasuo Fukuda.

    2. Do not participate in any captive swim-with dolphin programs.

    3. Do not support or visit any marine park, zoo, or amusement park that has captive dolphins and whales.

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  • Stop Japan From Killing Week: Don't Swim With Dolphins

    One of the incentives for the Japanese slaughter of dolphins is that some of the dolphins they catch can be sold for as much as $100,000 to "Swim With Dolphins" attractions.

    Read the World Society for the Protection of Animals excellent article "What's Wrong With Swimming WIth Dolphins?"

    Here's one excerpt from that article:

    "Perhaps the most damaging aspect of the SWTD industry is the misconception it perpetuates among the general public. SWTD programs present themselves as "educational" and "eco-friendly". They market themselves to people who love dolphins, care about conservation and are looking for a tangible way to express this interest. What SWTD participants don't realize is that by patronizing these programs, they are not only contributing to this expanding, profit-driven industry, but they are ensuring that dolphins will continue to be captured from the wild and suffer in captivity."

    Make no mistake . . . swim with dolphin programs are about making money. A single dolphin can bring in millions a year; it's an industry worth over a billion dollars. You might be thinking that not every dolphin comes from Japan and is part of the slaughter machine.

    What about dolphins born in captivity?

    The Cove website provides a great answer to this question:

    "It is the same question slave owners asked about children born into slavery."

  • Stop Japan From Killing Week: "It is a bloodbath"

    "It is a bloodbath, cruel and barbaric. Each year, the idyllic and peaceful setting of the village of Taiji in southern Japan is shattered by almost unspeakable cruelty as indreible pain and ultimate death is inflicted on defenseless dolphins." Paul Watson, president and founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

    What can you do?

    Follow these suggestions from Sea Shepherd and then visit their website for more suggestions and information:

    In order to spread the news about what is happening in Japan, we need to get media coverage from your local media (TV, NEWSPAPERS AND RADIO):
    • Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers
    • Call TV and radio stations to ask them to cover this important news
    • Refer your local broadcast and cable TV stations to Sea Shepherd to get a free copy of our Susan Sarandon "Save the Dolphins" Public Service Announcement (PSA)
    • You can offer the Sea Shepherd telephone number 360-370-5650, so the media can contact us for interviews with Sea Shepherd president and founder, Captain Paul Watson.

  • 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:

    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

  • Is it wrong to swim with dolphins?

    I think so. The only reason they are putting up with humans is because they are captive! More and more studies show that although you might enjoy the experience, the dolphin is stressed out.

    Read this in-depth article from the BBC News for details.

    "Swimming with dolphins may be sold as a life-affirming experience, but research shows that it can be traumatic for the sea mammals themselves. So is it time to stop?

    It regularly features as one of those transformative experiences to notch up on the "things to do before you die" bedpost - swim with dolphins and discover the very essence of life."

    Go to BBC to read the rest of the article.