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The 90 Day Plan
Thursday, September 2, 2010
FW: Taiji/The Cove Update from OPS
September 2, 2010 Brought to you by Oceanic Preservation Society
The eyes of the world are focused on "the little town with the really big secret" this week as September 1, the official start of the dolphin hunt has finally come.
Town leaders indicated no change of plans of this annual ritual.
"We will pass down the history of our ancestors to the next generation, preserve it. We have a strong sense of pride about this," Mayor Kazutaka Sangen said.
The Cove director, Louie Psihoyos reminds the Japanese that customs can fade with time and sound judgement. "In America we had a much longer tradition of slavery, but that was banned," Psihoyos has said. "My message to Japan is to see the movie for yourself with an open mind."
The Cove star, Ric O Barry was in Japan this week but avoided going to the town after threats of violent confrontation. He did however manage to deliver a petition to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday, demanding an end to the brutal slaughters in Taiji. Accompanied by 40 volunteers from countries including the United States, Canada and Australia, O' Barry called on President Obama to pressure Japan over the issue when he visits in November.
Signed by 1.7 million people from 155 nations, the petition reflects the passion many who were touched by The Cove.
To all of you who supported us and signed, thank you. Your voices are finally being heard.