Archive | September, 2012

International dolphin activist, Ric O’ Barry, speaks for the dolphins on September 14, 2012, 3PM at DLSU.

12 Sep

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“…when you become conscious of this nonhuman intelligence, you realize after a while they don’t really belong in captivity.” -Ric O’ Barry, The Cove


Join, witness and listen to the voices of these innocent intelligent marine mammals as Ric O’ Barry, one of the men behind “The Cove,” speaks for them on September 14, 2012, 3PM.

See you at the William Shaw Little Theater in DLSU!



Dolphin murals spark marine awareness campaign in Philippines

12 Sep

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A painter’s spontaneous reaction to slaughter of dolphins shown in The Cove turns into a movement for protecting ocean life…

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Youth solon calls on schools to ban field trips to theme parks with captive dolphins, whales

6 Sep

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Joining the call of various environmental groups to protect dolphins and whales, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino has filed a resolution in Congress urging the Department of Education (DepED) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to ban school field trips to theme parks that possess captive dolphins and whales that come from “cruel and inhumane sources.”


The youth solon filed on September 5 House Resolution No. 2759, calling for the House of Representatives to direct DepEd and CHED to prohibit such type of field trips.

“School field trips are designed to expand the students’ learning through live interaction. However, dolphin and whale shows teach children the wrong values that keeping wild animals in captivity is acceptable,” Palatino said.


In several researches, including a government-commissioned study in the United Kingdom, it was shown that watching dolphins perform in marine parks generate no significant knowledge about the said animals, Palatino said. “The prime target of ocean parks with captive dolphins and whales are students, when in fact there is not much to learn from these facilities,” he added.

“What’s more, the demand for captive whales and dolphins is the primary motivation behind the deadly dolphin and whale hunts in various countries, including Japan and the Solomon Islands,” Palatino explained.


Several non-profit organizations, including Earth Island Institute Philippines, have raised concerns on the said dolphin and whale hunts that have grossly decreased the number of said animals in the past years.


In Taiji, Japan, annual dolphin killings occur in September of every year. Fishermen try to catch “good-looking” dolphins which they sell to marine parks. Once the nicer looking animals are chosen, the rest of the catch is slaughtered. In 2007, a record 1,239 dolphins and whales were caught in such hunts, with most of the animals ending up being slaughtered.


Dolphins and whales from Japanese hunts have reportedly found its way into the Philippines, despite the enactment of Republic Act 8485 or the Animal Welfare Act, which bans and punishes any kind of torture and maltreatment of any animal, and the Fisheries Administrative Order 185 which prohibits the catching, killing and mere possession of dolphins in the Philippines.


“Various studies have also shown that keeping dolphins and whales in captivity also shortens the life span of these animals,” Palatino said. In Ocean Adventure Park in Subic, four out of five false killer whales and a bottlenose dolphin used for performances have already died. All of these animals were from Japan.


“Is this what we want our youngsters to learn – that people would risk endangering the lives of endangered animals just for entertainment? The nation’s youth deserves the right to be informed correctly and protected from misleading facts,” Palatino said.


“DepEd and CHED have moral obligations to ensure that students learn the real value of environmental conservation, and holding field trips in ocean parks is simply not the way to teach such,” Palatino added.###

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Save Philippine Seas » SPS Takes Part in Japan Dolphins Day 2012

2 Sep

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August 31, 2012 by carlo:  “Japan Dolphins Day is a worldwide protest to stop the annual massive slaughter and capture of cetaceans in Taiji, Japan, which starts on September 1.  In the Philippines, Earth Island Institute (EII) Philippines leads the protest in front of the Japanese Embassy. This year, SPS participated in this event along with Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Compassion & Responsibility for Animals (CARA), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA  Asia-Pacific), and Save Freedom Island Movement.  This was my first time to represent SPS in this annual activity…”


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2 Sep

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Wearing t-shirts saying ‘End Captivity! End the Slaughter!’ protesters led by Earth Island Institute-Philippines (EII-Phils.), Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and the Save Freedom Island Movement (SFIM) trooped to the Japanese embassy along Roxas boulevard to protest the largest dolphin slaughter on the planet which is starts September of every year in Japan.


In Taiji (Japan) some twenty-six fishermen herd hundreds of small whales and dolphins to a cove. Ocean parks and aquariums buy the nicer looking animals for dolphin shows while the rest are slaughtered in what many experts say is the largest and most inhumane killing of dolphins in the world.


The hunt is the subject of the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, which sparked a global movement that is calling on Japan to end the dolphin slaughter. This year, some 80 organizations in 77 cities in 29 countries will take part in the International Dolphin Day protests in front of their Japanese embassies.


Unknown to many, dolphins from the cruel hunts had been imported into the Philippines. In 2001, the country imported 5 false killer whales, four of which are now dead. Another 4 bottlenose dolphins arrived in the country in 2004, one of which has died. In 2009, another 4 bottlenose dolphins were imported from Japan. All the animals are now at the Ocean Adventure facility in Subic.


“In the Philippines it is illegal to torture or maltreat any animal under the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485). Also, Fisheries Administrative Order 185 bans the catching, selling or mere possession of dolphins. Why then were dolphins from such cruel sources allowed into the country?” asks Cha Laxamana of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).


“This issue is not just about dolphins, it is about human rights, too,” says Roy Velez of the Save the Freedom Island Movement (SFIM), “The Japanese people have the right to know what is going on in Taiji, and the right to know that the dolphin meat from the hunts is heavily contaminated with mercury, a highly toxic substance.”


Earth Island Institute, which has been leading the global effort to stop the dolphin hunts in Japan, is calling on all Filipinos to boycott all existing facilities in the country which features dolphins or marine mammals.


“If we truly care about dolphins, we should never visit facilities such as Ocean Adventure, the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP), and other facilities such as Manila Ocean Park (MOP) which plans to have dolphin shows,” says Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute.

Concepcion concludes: “If we stop buying tickets to dolphin shows, then dolphins in Taiji may just survive.” #######





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