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Cove Monitors Arrive in Taiji, Japan to Document Dolphin Hunting – September 7, 2012

Days are long for the team committed to protecting dolphins

Last weekend Ric O’Barry, star of the Oscar-winning documentary film The Cove, arrived in Taiji, Japan to help with monitoring the annual dolphin hunt that takes place there.

photonameAll photos by Mark PalmerMasako Maxwell (in purple shirt) translates for our Japanese Dolphin Project Team members on

Ric flew in from Miami after being stuck in court all of last week. (For more on this, see below.) He was greeted by Maskao Maxwell, a member of our Dolphin Project team who maintains our Japanese website, and other Japanese volunteers who are determined to help educate the Japanese people about the dolphin hunts and… more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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Uncertainty About Our Climate’s Future is No Excuse for Inaction in Dealing with Global Warming – August 31, 2012

Book Review: Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World

In dealing with the dangers of global warming of our planet, what is the best way to consider our responses, both as individuals and as a society?

book cover

Ethicist John Broome walks us through this process in his new book Climate Matters, a review of our human responsibilities toward our fellow people and Earth. Broome is a lead author on Working Group III of the United Nation’s International Panel on Climate Change, the scientific body addressing the science of global warming, and White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He is thus well placed to explain, in great detail, the process of… more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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Stop South Korea’s Whaling Scam – July 13, 2012

Nation Proposes to Continue Whaling via Trumped-up “Scientific Research” Program

At last week’s International Whaling Commission in Panama, the government of South Korea surprised member states with an announcement that they would shortly start killing whales under scientific permit, much like Japan does now.

whale hunt Photo by Blake MaybankMinke Whale off Tadoussac, Quebec. Whaling is an outdated practice. The government of Korea
should join the twenty-first century in seeing that whales are worth more alive than dead.

For several years, the government of South Korea has made allusions to wanting to go whaling like the Japanese. But whaling commission delegates were still caught off guard when the Republic of Korea delegation announced their own… more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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‘Don’t Weaken the Dolphin Safe Label,’ Lawmakers Urge Obama – June 1, 2012

Misguided WTO Ruling Puts Dolphins at Risk, Misleads Consumers

Representative Ed Markey and 42 other Democrat lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama yesterday, urging him to threaten Mexico with cuts in economic assistance if it didn’t drop its case against the Dolphin Safe tuna at the World Trade Organization.

Photo by Mark Palmer/Earth Island Institute"The American people deserve to know whether or not the fish they eat was caught by
killing Flipper," say Rep Ed Markey.

“The American people deserve to know whether or not the fish they eat was caught by killing Flipper,” said Markey, who is ranking Democrat of the House Natural Resources Committee. “Dolphin-safe labeling of canned tuna has been successful in… more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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Dolphin Killing Declining in Japan – April 26, 2012

Market for Dolphin and Whale Meat Collapsing Due To Increased Awareness About Mercury Contamination

The mass slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, as depicted in The Cove documentary, is declining.  Earth Island’s Cove Monitors – volunteers who observe and record the dolphin hunts during the entire 5-month season from September through the end of February – estimate that fewer than 800 dolphins were killed this past season. In the 2010-2011 hunt season, 1,190 dolphins were slaughtered for food. Japanese supporters tell us the market for dolphin and whale meat is collapsing due to IMMP’s educational efforts about high levels of mercury in dolphin meat.

Photo by Arpad IkumaFewer than 800 dolphins were killed at the Cove in Taiji this… more

by: Mark J. Palmer

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