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

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The goal of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is to put an end to dolphin exploitation and slaughter once and for all. Dolphins are regularly captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. The Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters in countries around the world, but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation, and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.

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]

Keep Up the Support!


Thanks to all of you, we have reached our goal of 1 million signatures! However, when we send off this petition, we want to do so with as many signatures as possible, so please continue to spread the word!

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!


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