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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

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America

by Eric Jay Dolin. 373 pages, hardcover. W.W. Norton & Co., 2007. Was there ever a more romantic, legendary occupation in American history than the whaling industry, pitting men, hand-held harpoons, and small boats against the largest creatures on Earth? The industry folklore has given America one of its greatest novels, Moby Dick, and scores of paintings and illustrations of men in small boats being swamped by the jaws of sperm whales.…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Winter 2008

Japan Dolphin Day 2007

International Marine Mammal Project

Japan Dolphin Day on September 25 was a great success once again, thanks to all the work volunteers around the world did to bring it about. This year, 83 non-governmental environmental and animal welfare organizations hosted demonstrations in front of Japanese embassies and consular offices in 42 cities, including San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, Miami, London, Rome, Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Panama City, and many others. (Last year, there were demos in 34 cities,…
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by: Mark J. Palmer – Spring 2007

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