Come September 1, mass slaughter of dolphins and whales will begin again in the small island of Taiji in Japan. Up to 2,000 animals can be killed in what is considered the world’s most brutal killing of dolphins that begins September and ends March of every year.
Since 2005, Earth Island Institute in the Philippines marks September 1 as Japan Dolphin Day to raise awareness against dolphin slaughter and captivity. This twelve year global campaign has had many positive impacts, bolstered by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove in 2010.
More and more people are now aware of the issues. Since 2012, Japanese nationals are now rising up and letting their government know their stand on dolphin-killings. In 2015, the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) has prohibited its members from obtaining dolphins from the cruel hunts.
In the Philippines, the last recorded dolphin importation from Japan was in 2009 due in part to the protests of local activists. More significant is that the dolphins killed in the 2016-2017 season are less than dolphins killed in 2015-2016 season. These are all very positive gains.
This year, we will level up the Japan Dolphin Day campaign as a Run for Freedom activity in front of the Japanese Embassy on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 8-10am.
It’s a quick run of less than a kilometer starting from and ending at the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines.
We would like to invite your organization to join us! If you are interested you can register both your intention to participate in the action and in the quick sprint. You can also volunteer your own parallel activities if you want to mount parallel actions (or parallel runs) in your community.
For registration and more information please contact Dindo Pagalunan at +639474103566 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can register via the form below.