The Cove: Sign the Petition to Help Save Japan's Dolphins

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Founded on Earth Day 1970, Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is the world’s leading charity dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins.

About the Petition

In The Cove, a team of activists and filmmakers infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat. 

The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. Cameras are not allowed inside and the media does not cover the story. It's critical that we get the word out in Japan. Once the Japanese people know we believe they will demand change. 

Stand with Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project and send a letter to President Obama, Vice President Biden and Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States urging them to address this issue.

To: President Obama, Vice President Biden and Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States

I recently heard about the documentary film The Cove and was alarmed to find out that more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are brutally killed each year off the coast of Japan. In addition, Japanese consumers are being sold dolphin meat, containing dangerously high levels of mercury, often labeled as whale meat. 

I ask that you urge the Japanese government to revoke permits that allow Japan's Fisheries Agency to continue this heinous, dangerous and illegal practice.

I also urge American leadership to ensure that the International Whaling Commission includes the proper management of dolphins and porpoises and a comprehensive plan to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

Your immediate action is needed. 

[Your Name Here]

Action Updates

  • 08 May 2015

    Goal Reached!

    Thanks to all of our supporters that helped us secure more than 1 million signatures! Lets triple our efforts and continue the momentum! Please share this action with family and friends!

  • 03 June 2015

    We Did it AGAIN!

    Over 1 million people helped us reach our goal! Lets continue to share this petition with family and friends!

  • 25 May 2015

    Good News

    Last week, The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) banned its members from acquiring animals captured during the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. "This is a huge victory for the dolphins," Ric O'Barry, director of Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project and star of The Cove, said after the announcement.

  • 24 April 2015

    Petition Delivery!

    Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project delivered more than 1 million signatures to The White House last week. In honor of the delivery, on Friday April 17th, 100 people gathered in the Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Building in Washington, DC, joined by nearly 500 supporters watching live online, to view a special animated video projection of the 1 million petition signatures and listen to activist and Dolphin Project founder Ric O’Barry speak about the situation in Taiji, Japan. At the event, Ric was also joined on stage by racecar driver and animal activist Leilani Munter and the film’s director Louie Psihoyos.


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