Japanese town in ‘The Cove’ setting dolphins free!
In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, a fishing boat sails to catch whales off Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan. The Japanese town chronicled in the award-winning film “The Cove” for its dolphin hunt that turns coastal waters red with blood will free much of the season’s first catch, following an international outcry over the annual slaughter. The western Japanese town of Taiji will sell a handful of the animals to aquariums as it does every year, but the remainder of the 100 bottlenose dolphins that were caught early Wednesday are to be released. In the past, they were killed and sold for meat. (AP Photo/Minami Kishu Shimbun via Kyodo News) (AP)
The first public screening of “The Cove’ is scheduled for the evening of Sept 25 at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club, Yurakucho Denke Building, Tokyo. For information see savejapandolphins.org
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The Cove is a powerful and highly praised documentary on the work of our Save Japan Dolphins Coalition to bring the secret of “the cove” to the world. It features dolphin specialist and activist Ric O’ Barry. This amazing film won the Audience Award at numerous film festivals, including Sundance. To get excited, visit the new movie trailer at: SaveJapanDolphins.org.
In celebration of The Cove opening, Earth Island Institute, In Defense of Animals and Sea Turtle Restoration Project (Got Mercury) hosted an exclusive, limited availability reception following the screening. Leaders from the three partnering groups and supporters enjoyed delicious vegan tapas at nearby restaurant, Sabor of Spain, just a block away. Film viewing and reception package was limited to 75 total supporters of Earth Island Institute, In Defense of Animals and Sea Turtle Restoration Project (Got Mercury).
Details of this opening premiere: Friday, August 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Rafael Theater, 1118 4th St., San Rafael, CA 94901-3007. Reception followed at Sabor of Spain, 1301 4th St., San Rafael, CA 94901.
The Save Japan Dolphins Coalition consists of Earth Island Institute, In Defense of Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, Elsa Nature Conservancy of Japan, Ocean Care, and Campaign Whale. For more information about the coalition, please visit SaveJapanDolphins.org.
“The Cove” reveals the truth about dolphin hunting in Japan. It has received standing ovation after standing ovation in film festivals across the world. “The Cove” received the Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, the Newport Film Festival, International Film Festival, the Nantucket Fest, the Sydney International Film Festival, Maui Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival, plus Best of Festival at the Blue Ocean Film Festival. The film opens internationally this fall.
Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please contact: Mary Jo Rice, Associate Director of the International Marine Mammal Project at Earth Island Institute.