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UK campaign against Japanese dolphin slaughter mounts London vigil

Japanese dolphin slaughter in Taiji (Photo: Campaign Whale)The UK campaign against the shocking slaughter of dolphins in Japan will be holding a vigil outside the Japanese Embassy in London on 21 October. Staff and supporters of International Animal Rescue and British Divers Marine Life Rescue will be taking part in the vigil which is timed to coincide with the national release of the film The Cove on 23 October. This full-length feature film documents the savage, government-sanctioned killing of dolphins herded into a small cove close by a small coastal village in Japan. The Cove features a group of activists led by Ric O'Barry, the trainer of "Flipper" and now of the Save Japan Dolphins coalition.

Participants are being asked to wear something red and bring a red flower to lay on the Embassy steps in mourning for the slaughtered dolphins. As well as Campaign Whale, other groups taking part will be the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). The vigil will take place between 12 noon and 2pm on Wednesday 21 October at the Japanese Embassy in Piccadilly, close to Green Park tube station.

The campaign is also asking the public to lend their support by:

  • Asking their MP to sign Early Day Motion entitled 'dolphin hunting'
  • Signing the online petition to Gordon Brown
  • Writing to the Prime Minister asking him to put pressure on the new Japanese Prime Minister and his government to end the cruel dolphin, porpoise and whale hunts: The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister, 10, Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA. Email: (click the ‘Contact the Prime Ministers Office' option and complete the form).

Further information can be obtained from Andy Ottaway at Campaign Whale on 01273 471403 or [email protected].

Full details can also be found on the campaign action page.