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International Marine Mammal Project

Sting Supports the Dolphins

This winter, several volunteers have gone to Taiji, Japan at their own expense to monitor the annual dolphin hunts on behalf of Earth Island’s IMMP. They’ve provided updates for Ric O’Barry’s blog www.SaveJapanDolphins.org and filmed the unimaginable carnage as dolphins die among their own family in a welter of blood. The videos graphically show that recent claims by the Japan Fisheries Agency are a lie. Japanese officials have said that since the…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Spring 2011

International Marine Mammal Project

Save Japan Dolphins Goes Global

International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) has been busy around the world in the past few months protecting dolphins and whales and their marine habitat. Ric O’Barry, in particular, has been working to save dolphins in captivity. Ric brought 50 volunteers from eight countries to Tokyo for the September 1 start of the 2010 dolphin-hunting season. Ric and the Save Japan Dolphins team hosted a reception for Japanese activists and presented 1.7 million…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Winter 2011

International Marine Mammal Project

The Cove Spurs Free-Speech Dialogue in Japan; IWC Spares Whaling Moratorium

 Ric O’Barry and his son Lincoln star in the Animal Planet show Blood Dolphins, about their efforts to stop dolphin captures. IWC Spares Whaling Moratorium Earth Island Institute and other animal welfare organizations fought hard this summer to beat an effort by Japan, Iceland, and Norway to legalize their whaling activities. The Obama administration had been looking to broker some type of compromise with the whaling nations at the International Whaling Commission…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Autumn 2010

International Marine Mammal Project

And the Oscar Goes to …

The effort to halt the annual dolphin slaugher in Taiji, Japan got a major boost when The Cove won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Earth Island’s Ric O’Barry joined Director Louie Psihoyos and several producers onstage in Los Angeles to accept the award. As producer Fisher Stevens was giving his acceptance speech O’Barry held up a sign reading, “Text Dolphin to 44144.” The camera quickly veered away, but the split second shot…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Summer 2010

Harpoon

by Andrew Darby
300 pages, De Capo Press, 2007

Andrew Darby is one of the world’s best-informed journalists when it comes to whaling issues. A reporter from Tasmania, Darby has created a niche for himself by following the meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) year after year. In his new(ish) book, Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling, he shows off his expertise as he uncovers the full dysfunction of this odd global institution. The IWC was established in 1949 with…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Spring 2010

IMMP

Campaign to Save Japan Dolphins Enters Critical Phase

The ongoing Earth Island campaign to stop the largest slaughter of dolphins in the world is entering a critical phase. Sadly, dolphins are still being killed in Taiji, Japan, despite the global response to The Cove documentary and the non-stop efforts of EII. When Ric O’Barry returned to Taiji last September at the start of the hunting season, the dolphin killers did not put out to sea for two weeks. At the…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Spring 2010

IMMP

Mobilizing to Stop the Slaughter of Japan’s Dolphins and Whales

Since January’s Sundance Film Festival, Earth Island’s International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) has been a huge whirl of energy. We have organized special events, press conferences, and grassroots public education outreach all tied to the documentary about our work for Japan’s dolphins, The Cove. The movie – which opened in US movie theaters in August, and in Europe in September – features Earth Island’s Ric O’Barry [see “Reluctant Warrior”], and has been…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Winter 2010

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