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Wearing t-shirts saying ‘End Captivity! End the Slaughter!’ protesters led by Earth Island Institute-Philippines (EII-Phils.), Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Save Freedom Island Movement (SFIM) trooped to the Japanese embassy along Roxas boulevard to protest the largest dolphin slaughter on the planet which is starts September of every year in Japan.


In Taiji (Japan) 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 are slaughtered in what many experts say is the largest and most inhumane killing of dolphins in the world.


The hunt is the subject of the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, which sparked a global movement that is calling on Japan to end the dolphin slaughter. This year, some 80 organizations in 77 cities in 29 countries will take part in the International Dolphin Day protests in front of their Japanese embassies.


Unknown to many, dolphins from the cruel hunts had been imported into the Philippines. In 2001, the country imported 5 false killer whales, 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. All the animals are now at the Ocean Adventure facility in Subic.


“In the Philippines it is illegal to torture or maltreat any animal under the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485). Also, Fisheries Administrative Order 185 bans the catching, selling or mere possession of dolphins. Why then were dolphins from such cruel sources allowed into the country?” asks Cha Laxamana of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).


“This issue is not just about dolphins, it is about human rights, too,” says Roy Velez of the Save the Freedom Island Movement (SFIM), “The Japanese people have the right to know what is going on in Taiji, and the right to know that the dolphin meat from the hunts is heavily contaminated with mercury, a highly toxic substance.”


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.


“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,” says Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute.

Concepcion concludes: “If we stop buying tickets to dolphin shows, then dolphins in Taiji may just survive.” #######





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