Migaloo 2 is now on the Gold coast after a great sail up from Brunswick with heaps of whales. Tomorrow, SUnday 18th Me and Howie Cooke are organizing an action/circle in the water off seaworld for all the dolphins captured and killed in japan. Meeting near water near sea world entrance sunday 11 am. Bring Surfboard and cossies .This will be a ceremony not an arrestable action. see http://migaloo2.com/ to see the event streamed live at 11 and what the Migaloo 2 yacht and campaign is all about
Media Release 17th Sep,
Commemorative circle near Sea World for Dolphins killed and captured in Japan
Dolphin and whale conservation yacht Migaloo 2 who just sailed into the Gold coast and members from Surfers for Cetaceans and Sea Shepherds will hold a commemorative circle on the water near the Gold Coast Sea World entrance at 11 am Sunday 18th, for all the Dolphins killed and captured in Japan. September 1st was the beginning of dolphin killing season in Japan. Although a typhon delayed the killing season it was confirmed by flipper trainer Ric O Barry who has been in Taiji, Japan since the 1st that a pod of Risso’s dolphins, including a mother and baby have been rounded up in “The Cove” and killed this week. see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsahRij5cQQ&feature=youtu.be . Global opposition to Japans dolphin slaughter is huge especially since “The Cove” movie won Best Documentary at the Oscars and was recently screened on ABC TV. ”The Cove” exposes Japans dirty secret where they kill around 20,000 dolphins every year and select and sell to the worldwide captive dolphin industry.
Byron man, Howie Cooke, co founder of Surfers for Cetaceans, S4C, was in Taiji Japan in 2007 and was part of a paddle out with other surfers to form a circle to commemorate the thousands of dolphins that get slaughtered there every year. This brutal slaughter continues despite global outrage.
Howie Cooke who will lead the commemorative circle Near SeaWorld said, “Japan Kills around 20,000 dolphins every year. This is not only an issue of the dolphins right to life, but also their right to liberty. Beyond the brutality of the dolphin slaughter by Japanese fisherman is the dark shame of trade in dolphins captured at Taiji cove and elsewhere, wherein traumatised dolphins are sold into slavery at seaquariums, hotel pools and reserch institutions thus perpetuating and financing the brutal dolphin drives. Migaloo 2 and S4C call on World association of zoos and aquarium WAZA and Japan association of zoos and aquarium JAZA and the likes of Seaworld and marineland to have nothing to do whatsoever with dolphin captivity and publicly condemn dolphin captivity and slaughter and to move towards liberating and no longer incarcerating cetaceans whatsoever.
Migaloo 2 is a 45 ft fiberglass yacht bought to use as a platform to raise awareness on important issues facing whales, dolphins and ocean health. Migaloo 2 sailed into the Gold Coast seaway on Friday as the first leg of a 2 month journey/campaign. Skipper and Co- founder of the Migaloo 2 project, Dean Jefferys said “We are sailing along the east coast of Australia to Hervey Bay during the humpback whale migration visiting ports along the way showing films and giving talks about critical issues facing whales, dolphins and marine health. We also plan to do lots of live internet streaming from Migaloo 2 so the whole world including the Japanese can see what amazing beings the whales and dolphins really are. Tomorrow Sunday 18th we plan to link up with other groups though my website http://migaloo2.com/ around 11 am and live stream the commemorative circle to groups around the world. We congratulate SeaWorld for condemning the killing and capture of wild dolphins in Japan. We hope SeaWorld will lobby WAZA to ban the purchase of wild dolphins in Japan and the world which is currently the financial incentive to the slaughter.
For the whales