In Solidarity with Ric O’Barry
On October 16th we joined Ric O’Barry outside the Japanese Embassy in London to protest against the slaughter and capture of dolphins for the captivity trade in Taiji, Japan. We held roses to represent the blood of the thousands of lost dolphins and the love of the people who fight to defend them.
So many people said that they would also love to stand in solidarity with us so a page was set up asking people to send in photographs or videos of themselves holding their roses.
This little video resulted in a powerful tribute and sends a powerful message from across the world.
What you can do to help
1. Take the pledge – Don’t buy a ticket to a dolphin show
The dolphin (and whale) trade is an incredibly lucrative global industry that preys on human interest in these incredible animals. Sea World, aquariums, and spring break swim-with-dolphin trips, no matter how fun, support an industry that profits from animal cruelty. When they’re not doing flips for you, most dolphins are treated poorly. In spite of their naturally “smiling” faces, it’s pretty much impossible to keep dolphins happy and healthy in any captive setting. Take the pledge here.
2. Sign every petition you can and write to everyone who will listen
How would you feel if we told you just signing your name could save the dolphins? Here are a few petitions you can sign, and people you can write, to make a difference in mere minutes:
- Send a letter to President Obama, Vice President Biden and Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan
- Waza, please stop the dolphin slaughter in Japan, JAPAN
- Send a letter to Prime Minister Abe
- Donate money to front line efforts to save Taiji’s dolphins.
3. Join Ric O’Barry on the front lines in Taiji
Were you inspired by Ric O’Barry in The Cove? Now is your chance to #TakeAction alongside the only organization that has been in Taiji every year since 2003. Travel to Taiji as a Cove Monitor. You can learn more and download an application here.
4. Educate Your Friends
Host a movie night at your house and watch The Cove or Blackfish to show your friends what’s happening to dolphins. (They’re interesting movies to watch regardless of whether or not you’re an animal rights activist.)
And we don’t mean just Tweeting sad face emojis next to pictures of jumping dolphins. Stand on your social media soapbox and inform and inspire others. Share this helpful article, the heartbreaking video show below, and anything from Dolphin Project’s blog.
Education and spreading the word are key!