The Earth Island Institute Philippines and the Save Freedom Island Movement has nominated the Las Piñas – Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LLPCHEA) to the World Wetlands Network’s Grey Globe Award. We would like to seek your help in voting and campaigning for it! We believe LLPCHEA deserves a Grey Globe Award. Vote for it and help us in the campaign! It takes only five easy steps to vote and can be done in five minutes or less.
Because it is his birthday, we're re-posting a mini-documentary that Earth Island Institute Philippines made during Ric O'Barry's brief, powerful, and inspiring trip to the Philippines. Sending our birthday greetings to a staunch advocate of freedom who never gets tired in fighting animal captivity. Happy 75th birthday Ric O'Barry!
Imagine being torn away from your family and seeing them butchered while your abductors sell you off to slavery. You are then brought into a facility where you can never leave. You are not fed until you do strange behaviors amid noise and a crowd that you are not used to. You are introduced to strange people who say they are your ‘family’ but actually paid to have you abducted from your home. There are also some like you, but they don’t last long, they die, one by one, until you are the only one left. And soon enough, the stress of your condition causes you to die, maybe with a twisted intestine.
Despite the stench of garbage, the mesmerizing view and the presence of varied species of birds lure the group several times a year to this place, known as the Las Piñas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), a 175-hectare site that includes Freedom and Long Islands as well as mangroves, mudflats and various ecosystems.
Tonka, the last False Killer Whale at Ocean Adventure in Subic, is dead. More than a decade and a half ago, Tonka was caught in the deadly dolphin drive hunts in Japan. He survived the most brutal dolphin hunting on the planet because he was bought to be trained as a performing animal. Years after his capture, Tonka and others like him had been confined to live in small pools and forced to perform for food.
The Save Freedom Island Movement (SFIM), Save the Bay Alliance, and the Earth Island Institute Philippines held a clean-up drive at the Las Pinas – Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LLPPCHEA) today. They were joined by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Greenpeace Philippines, Minggan, students coming from University of the Philippines, Adamson, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and also by Sen. Cynthia Villar and the Sagip Kalikasan. It was the largest coastal clean-up held in Freedom Island so far this year with 566 volunteers.
Instead of watching live dolphin shows, kids can show their love for these endangered mammals by watching educational shows on TV. So advised the environmental group Earth Island Institute Philippines, which said that watching dolphin shows was a way of encouraging the mass dolphin hunt and slaughter in Taiji, Japan, that happens from Sept. 1 to March every year.
Each year, as the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan starts on the first day of September, Filipino environmental activists join advocates from all-over the globe in exposing and opposing this cruel and inhumane activity by staging a protest action in front of the Embassy of Japan in the City of Manila. “No one can ever justify this massacre of dolphins. A massacre fuelled by greed and the captive animal entertainment industry,” said Trixie Concepcion, Regional Director of the Earth Island Institute Philippines.
“Garbage that pollutes our seas is a compelling issue that Filipinos should unite against” said Karl Ramirez, songwriter-musician and campaign officer of the Earth Island Institute Philippines. “Pollution of our seas is very much alarming especially with the country being an archipelago, home to numerous marine wildlife species. In fact, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report in 2005 puts us at the epicenter of marine biodiversity on the planet.”
Earth Island Institute Philippines' regional director Trixie Concepcion and campaigns officer Karl Ramirez guested at GNN TV's June 29, 2014 episode of Philippines Uncut. They tackled the issue of the Taiji, Japan dolphin slaughter and Earth Island's involvement in coastal clean-ups especially in Freedom Island.
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