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  • savedolphinsph 7:12 am on August 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Countdown to ‘Cove’ Killings: Ric O’Barry Ready for Return to Taiji 

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    “Everything we’re doing is working, we just have to keep doing it,” says the lifelong dolphin activist.

    See on http://www.takepart.com

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  • savedolphinsph 5:13 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    PHILIPPINE GROUPS TO PROTEST LARGEST DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER IN THE WORLD | Article | Earth Island Philippines Web Portal 

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    In a few days, the largest dolphin and whale slaughter on the planet will begin in a small fishing village in Taiji, Japan. Here, some twenty-six fishermen herd hundreds of small whales and dolphins to a cove. Ocean parks and aquariums buy the nicer looking animals for dolphin shows while the rest will be slaughtered in what many experts say is the largest and most inhumane killing of dolphins in the world.

     

    The brutal hunts has been the subject of the 2010 Oscar winning documentary The Cove. The documentary shows how dolphins from the hunts have been imported into the country and are now used for performances in Ocean Adventure, in Subic.

    Still considered cheap, an untrained animal from the dolphin hunts can cost as much as $300,000.

     

    This is why groups in the Philippines believe that this is where the Manila Ocean Park (MOP) will buy dolphins for its planed dolphin shows. According to Jenica Dizon of the Save the Philippine Seas (SPS), “The Japan dolphin hunts is the easiest place to acquire dolphins in this part of the world. Similar to Ocean Adventure, we believe that this is where Manila Ocean Park will buy its animals”.

     

    “In the Philippines it is illegal to torture or maltreat any animal under the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485). Dolphins from Japan should never be allowed into the country. Unfortunately our government allows this given the many dolphin imports from Japan”, says Anna Cabrera from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

     

    In 2001, the country imported 5 false killer whales from Japan, four of which are now dead. Another 4 bottlenose dolphins arrived in the country in 2004, one of which has died. In 2009, another 4 bottlenose dolphins were imported from Japan.

    Experts believe that dolphins are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet and the only wild animals known to consciously help humans in distress. Scientific studies show that dolphins have drastically reduced lifespans when they are in captivity.

     

    Earth Island Institute, which has been leading the global effort to stop the dolphin hunts in Japan is calling on all Filipinos to boycott all existing facilities in the country which features dolphins or marine mammals.

     

    According to Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute, “If we truly care about dolphins, we should never visit facilities such as Ocean Adventure, the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP), and other facilities such as Manila Ocean Park (MOP) which plans to have dolphin shows.”

     

    Earth Island Institute also calls on dolphin lovers to join them in protesting the start of the dolphin hunting season in Japan this September. Activists from 77 cities in 29 countries all over the world will troop to their Japanese embassies on 31 August to protest the start of the Japanese dolphin hunts.

     

    END DOLPHIN CAPTIVITY! END THE SLAUGHTER!

     

    Please sign our online petitions:

     

    http://www.change.org/petitions/da-sec-proceso-alcala-and-bfar-director-...

     

    http://www.change.org/petitions/manila-ocean-park-don-t-bring-beluga-wha...

     

    See on http://www.earthislandph.org

     
  • savedolphinsph 4:39 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Embahada ng Japan, lulusubin ng dolphin lovers| Remate 

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    Remate Online brings you breaking news, from the metro, showbiz and other news exposés.

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  • savedolphinsph 4:38 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Animal lovers clamor for dolphin rights, too – Manila Standard Today – Daily news, current events, latest news in the Philippines – Manila Standard Today 

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    “A coalition of environmentalists on Monday said it will sue government officials who do nothing about the import or export of dolphins.

     

    Bearing the brunt of their complaint is Ocean Adventure Park in Subic, Zambales, which allegedly had the mammals shipped in from the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean….”

     

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  • savedolphinsph 4:34 am on August 28, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Halt annual slaughter of dolphins in Japan’ | Inquirer News 

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    When the government considers dolphins as fish, there is something seriously flawed in its animal conservation policy.

    See on newsinfo.inquirer.net

     
  • savedolphinsph 10:01 am on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Save Philippine Seas » Why Feeding of Whale Sharks Should Stop 

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  • savedolphinsph 9:58 am on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    END DOLPHIN CAPTIVITY! END THE SLAUGHTER! 

    See on Scoop.itEarth Island Institute Philippines

    Environmental groups denounce the largest dolphin and whale slaughter on the planet which starts September of every year in a small fishing village in Taiji, Japan. The brutal hunts is the subject of the 2010 Oscar winning documentary The Cove, which features dolphin-hero Ric O’Barry.

     

    Every year, O’Barry calls on all dolphin-lovers of the world to expose the killings in Japan. Dubbed ‘International Japan Dolphin Day’, activists all over the world troop to their Japanese embassies on to urge the Japanese government to stop the killings. In the Philippines, the movement is led by Earth Island Institute (EII) together with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and the Dolphins Love Freedom Network (DLFN)

     

    The main motivation of the deadly dolphin and whale hunts in places like Japan, Solomon Islands, Faroe Islands, Russia and others is the captivity industry. Apart from being inhumane, the capture and killing of dolphins in these areas affects the ecosystem as it eradicates animals with critical roles in the environment.

     

    Dolphins and whales from the Japanese drive hunts have found its way into the Philippines despite existing laws due to the demand from ocean parks. In 2001, Ocean Adventure imported 6 false killer whales, five of which already died; in 2004, four bottlenose dolphins arrived in the country of which one is now dead. In 2009, another four bottlenose dolphins were imported from Japan. Since 2008, a total of 25 dolphins from Solomon Islands had been imported into the country and are being kept in Ocean Adventure to be exported to Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.

     

    There is recent news about the plans of Manila Ocean Park to acquire beluga whales from Russia. Beluga whales are majestic creatures, highly adapted to the icy seas of the Arctic and would hardly thrive to a tropical, polluted and noisy environment. Despite its public statement in 2008 saying they will not have any endangered animals or marine mammals in their facility, Manila Ocean Park still imported sea lions which are now being used for performances.

     

    There are also existing “rescue” facilities like the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP) operating illegally without permits. The said facility claims to be a rehabilitation center for stranded dolphins but keeps dolphins for feeding programs with the general public.

     

    Dolphins and whales have a special role in the marine ecosystem and are not meant for human consumption nor captivity. Patronizing dolphin shows and marine theme parks will only fuel more of the brutal hunts in Japan. Ordinary people can contribute to ending the slaughter in Japan by boycotting dolphin shows and speaking out against the massive slaughter.

    See on http://www.earthislandph.org

     
  • savedolphinsph 7:50 am on August 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    AN OPEN LETTER TO MANILA OCEAN PARK | Press Release | Earth Island Philippines Web Portal 

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  • savedolphinsph 4:22 am on August 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Marineland animals suffering, former staffers say 

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    The animals at Marineland are suffering and in ill health, former staff say.

    See on http://www.thestar.com

     
  • savedolphinsph 9:46 am on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Blog: A Visit in Taiji with Hope and Faith | SaveJapanDolphins.org 

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    Heather Hill Taiji Japan Dolphin Slaughter Hope Faith Captivity…

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