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All of our travel and organizing will cost money. Our current goal for my delegation's trip in early September is $25,000. Donors can have their names added to a petition to stop the slaughter which will be given to Taiji's town council during our trip. Donate today!

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Breaking News!
City of Broome, Australia, Suspends Sister-City Tie with Taiji, Japan, Over Dolphin Kill; Press Release.

National Public Radio introduces thousands of listeners to The Cove movie with an interview I did with Director Louie Psihoyos. You can hear our discussion and our answers to many of the questions we get when we screen The Cove for audiences at film festivals. Mostly, people, who have repeatedly given the film standing ovations, want to know what they can do. NPR Interview.

Breaking through the news blackout in Japan...Tokyo Film Festival focuses on the environment yet rejects The Cove to preserve funding.

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A key part of our action plan is to use international pressure and diplomacy. Please visit our website to find out how you can help.

The Cove Exposed

Issue Number 1 August 25, 2009

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Join Me in Taiji.
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Thank you for your response and support.

For the past 30 years I've worked to save dolphins and abolish the billion-dollar dolphin slave trade. The release of the documentary, The Cove, is a once in a lifetime event. The publicity surrounding The Cove movie provides a unique opportunity to expose the dolphin trafficking industry, educate the public and to stop the slaughter of dolphins and whales in Japan, ONCE AND FOR ALL.

In the past month, I've been all over the world doing interviews on The Cove and have gone to the mayor and people of Broome, Australia, urging them to sever their sister-city relationship with Taiji until the dolphin slaughter stops.

In early September, I'm going back to Taiji and I want you to join me in spirit and solidarity. We need your donations now to support our campaign.

It's going to cost us a great deal of money to promote The Cove movie in Japan and get it shown against the government's opposition. Your support is critical to our efforts to expose the dolphin slaughter in Taiji to the Japanese public. The fishermen in Taiji and the government bureaucrats in the Fisheries Ministry are counting on our failure. But you can help us prove them wrong.

We already have one indication of the difficulty of screening The Cove in Japan. The Cove was submitted to the Tokyo Film Festival at the urging of one of the participants, a Japanese director. The theme of the festival this year is the environment. He told us it would be "hypocritical" for them not to show The Cove. However, the Festival is funded in part by the Japanese government, and The Cove was rejected.

We need funds for advertising, for travel, and for equipment to continue showing up in Taiji to expose and document the killing of dolphins in the secret cove.

We may get harassed, but the dolphins we are hoping to save are worth it. We're also exploring ways to expose the Japanese government's dangerous undermining of food safety enforcement and to involve Japanese health and safety organizations in our campaign to protect Japanese children from mercury-laced dolphin meat.

Please donate to help us and the dolphins.

We'll keep you posted on our ongoing efforts. Please spread the word about our campaign to save Taiji's dolphins.

graphic of a signature, Ric Obarry
Ric O'Barry
Campaign Director
Save Japan Dolphins Coalition