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Japan Backlash on "The Cove" - Threats on the Horizon
An Important Message from Ric O’Barry and the Save Japan Dolphins Campaign
If you watched the Oscars, you saw me and Director Louie Psihoyos accept the Best Documentary awarded by the Academy. Wow, what an incredible moment!
Without your support, this would never have happened. So, even though I wasn’t able to thank you all at the podium, I thank you all now.
But this has never been about winning awards. Our job is to end the slaughter and stop the poisoning. And now our work in Japan begins anew. We must focus like a laser on getting The Cove and our message to the Japanese people.
But there are threats on the horizon. Officials in Japan are threatening repercussions against university and community groups that dare to show The Cove. Dolphin-killing fishermen’s unions are threatening lawsuits against theaters that show the film. There are even some signs that I could face arrest in Japan, even though I’ve broken no laws whatsoever.
We won't give in to this pressure. Instead, I am making plans to spend months in Japan with our Save Japan Dolphins Team. I want to be wherever we can find an audience. Our message will particularly resonate with young people, to whom we need to reach out with the dangers of mercury-contaminated dolphin meat and the slaughter of dolphins they love as much as we do.
If you can help me, it will make a world of difference
The Oscar telecast is the most-watched TV show in Japan! And they, and more than a billion other viewers, saw The Cove movie win!
But now I also need your help in sending a clear message to Japan’s Minister
of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety, that the sale of mercury-laden
dolphin meat must end now: Sign and send the petition
We need help in promoting the Japanese version of The Cove in the next weeks before The Cove opens at Japanese theaters. We need help for travel, video promotion, website outreach, legal defense, and screening The Cove outside of theaters in libraries, universities, and town halls in Japan.
Japan has 126 million people; only 600 have seen The Cove so far. Those who saw it were shocked and dismayed that this slaughter was happening in their country. We need to enlist their help and the help of millions of their fellow citizens to stop the Japanese government from issuing 23,000 permits annually to slaughter dolphins. We need to seize on the momentum now to pursue an end to the slaughter, once and for all!
Will you help us get the truth out?
Thank you for your generous support of our efforts!
P.S. The Save Japan Dolphins Campaign and Earth Island Institute do not get any funds from The Cove movie sales. (Those funds go to the OPS, which made the film, and their investors to reimburse them for their considerable costs in making The Cove.)
P.P.S. If you think there is any possibility that you might be able to come over to Taiji on September 1st to celebrate the beauty of Taiji and let them know that the killing of dolphins shouldn’t start again, please note that on the comment field on the donation form.
(PPSS: Another nominee in this category is FOOD, INC., about where our food
comes from. Another horror story about animals, hormones, antibiotics and death
to humans, as well as animals. Get a tape or DVD of this one, too!)