World Love for Dolphins Day 2016

This Saturday, dolphin lovers across the world will join Sea Shepherd to defend dolphins

On Saturday, February 13, 2016, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians and supporters worldwide will stand together for the third annual “World Love for Dolphins Day,” to hold peaceful demonstrations against the brutal capture and slaughter of dolphins that takes place in Taiji, Japan for the global captive dolphin trade. As Valentine’s Day approaches, thousands of people are preparing to express their love for dolphins and deliver the message that captivity funds their murder to businesses that profit from captive dolphins worldwide.

Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians are currently on the ground in Taiji, Japan documenting and exposing the cruel dolphin slaughter that takes place there annually from September to March.  The slaughter of dolphins is funded by the sale of trained dolphins for captivity worldwide. We will stand with them this weekend to amplify their voices and show the world the dark history of almost every captive dolphin alive today.

Among those demonstrating around the world will be veteran Cove Guardian and Sea Shepherd Conversation Society Board of Directors Vice President Ethan Wolf in New York City. “World Love for Dolphin Day is your day to say no to captivity,” said Wolf. “It is your day to give your voice to the dolphins being captured in Taiji, Japan and around the world, and to give your voice to the dolphins already in captivity. The dolphins captured in Taiji are no different than the dolphins in swim with dolphin programs and in dolphin amusement parks like SeaWorld. In fact, any wild-caught dolphin most likely came from the Taiji dolphin drive. Every single dolphin in captivity has been starved as a training tool. Every single dolphin in captivity needs your voice.”

 

How can you participate in “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations?

1. Demonstrate at a Local Business That Supports the Captive Dolphin Trade

Join Sea Shepherd and Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians at these locations to educate the public about the connection between the slaughter and the show and encourage local businesses to stop supporting the dolphin hunt. Download and print a poster, and join us.

If you are interested in organizing a demonstration at a location near you, please email worldlovefordolphins@seashepherd.org to set up your approved event.

Posters (click to download PDF)PDF

WLDD 2016 poster 1 WLDD 2016 poster 2 WLDD 2016 poster 3 WLDD 2016 poster 4 WLDD 2016 poster 5 WLDD 2016 poster 6 WLDD 2016 poster 7

 

Leaflets (click to download PDF)PDF

WLDD 2016 Leaflet color WLDD 2016 Leaflet black-and-white

** More cities to be announced soon! Please stay tuned for updates! **

NORTH AMERICAN DEMONSTRATIONS

click on the city for event details on Facebook

Atlanta, GA
12 PM - 2 PM
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Baltimore, MD
11 AM - 1 PM
National Aquarium
501 E Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Boston, MA
12 PM – 2 PM
Liberty Travel - Boston
467 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

Brookfield, IL 
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
New date TBA

12 PM - 3 PM
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, Illinois 60513

Indianapolis, IN
12 PM - 2 PM
Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222

Los Angeles, CA
12 PM - 2 PM
Across from the Beverly Hilton
9925 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA. 90210

Nashville, TN
10 AM - 12 PM
Info Table At
Scarritt Bennett Center
First Floor
1008 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

New York, NY
12 PM - 2 PM
Liberty Travel Union Square Mega Shop
25 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Philadelphia, PA
1 PM – 3 PM
Liberty Travel Philadelphia
1524 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Portland, ME
10 AM – 2 PM
Monument Square
Portland, Maine 04101

San Antonio, TX
11 AM – 1 PM
SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251

San Diego, CA
10 AM – 12:45 PM (taking place on Feb 14th)
SeaWorld San Diego
399 Sea World Drive
San Diego Ca 92109

San Francisco, CA
12 PM - 4PM
Pier 27 Grand Princess Cruise Terminal. San Francisco
San Francisco, California 94111

Tampa, FL
11 AM - 1 PM
SeaWorld Orlando
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821

Toronto, ON
10 AM - 1 PM
Dundas Square
1 Dundas Street E
Toronto, ON M5B 2R8
*The only and updated location is above.

Vancouver, BC
1 PM - 3 PM
Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
Vancouver BC

Waikoloa Village, HI
10 AM - 12 PM
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Kuualii Pl
Waikoloa Village, HI 96738

Waimanalo, HI
10 AM - 11 AM
Sea Life Park
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Ste 7
Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795

WORLDWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS

Please note: Any locations outside of North America are to be considered "unofficial” Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) events organized by local volunteers and will NOT involve Sea Shepherd Global or other Sea Shepherd entities outside of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Australia

Melbourne, Australia
12 PM - 2 PM
GPO Steps, Bourke St Mall
Melbourne VIC 3000

Perth, Australia
10 AM - 12 PM
Northbridge Piazza
Corner of James and Lake Streets
Northbridge WA 6003

Germany

Berlin
1 PM - 3 PM
Japanese Embassy Germany
Hiroshimastr. 6
10785 Berlin, Germany

Düsseldorf
12 PM - 5 PM
Japanese Consulate General - Dusseldorf
Immermannstr . 45 , D-40210
40233 Dusseldorf , Germany

Stuttgart, Germany
11 AM - 4 PM
Schloßplatz
Schloßplatz Stuttgart
70173 Stuttgart, Germany

Hungary

Budapest, Hungary
2 PM - 3 PM
Mammut Bevásárló- és Szórakoztató Központ Budapest, Löv?ház u. 2
1024 Hungary

Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia
12 PM - 2 PM
Outside the Japanese Embassy
Hlavné námestie 2
Bratislava

Spain

Barcelona, Spain
11 AM - 1 PM
Japanese Consulate General in Barcelona, Spain Avda. Diagonal, 640- 2ºD.
08017 Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain
11 AM - 1 PM
Japanese Embassy in Spain
C/ Serrano, 109
28006 Madrid, Spain

 

2. Take a “selfie” with one of the posters above and send it to us.

We will post your selfies on our social media pages to proudly display your love for dolphins!

Please email photos to: worldlovefordolphins@seashepherd.org.

Please send us your photos by February 14, 2015 at midnight EST.

For a staggering six months of each year, from September 1 until March, entire families of dolphins and small whales are driven into Taiji’s killing cove. Once netted within the shallow waters of the cove, their fate is sealed and the members of these doomed pods will face either imprisonment in captivity or brutal slaughter before the eyes of their families. Killers and trainers work side-by-side to select the “prettiest” dolphins and whales for captivity, those without visible scars. The others are mercilessly stabbed with a metal spike inserted into their backs, just behind the blowhole, to sever their spine. The dolphins slowly and painfully bleed to death or drown in the blood of their family—others may die as they are dragged to the butcher house, where the once living and free cetaceans are processed into meat for human consumption. These inhumane killings would not be allowed in any slaughterhouse in the world. Japan refuses to sign on to many protection efforts and regulations for marine mammals, despite most of the world recognizing the need to protect these self-aware, beloved and imperiled animals.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society first brought the cove to the world’s attention by capturing and releasing now-iconic footage and imagery of the brutal hunts and slaughters in 2003, during which the cove turned a blood-red. Later the Academy Award-winning film The Cove again shone a spotlight on the hunts, bringing worldwide attention to the killings. Many individuals thought the film succeeded in bringing an end to the hunts, but that was not the case. So in 2010, Sea Shepherd established Operation Infinite Patience and our volunteer Cove Guardians took up positions alongside the cove to document, report and live stream these atrocities in the hope of capturing attention to bring pressure to bear to stop these barbaric acts. Sea Shepherd is the only organization to have a team on the ground in Taiji each day throughout the entire six-month killing season, and the only group who live streams every capture and every kill for the world to see. Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians will not stop shining a light on this atrocity until the slaughter ends.

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