Danielle Levee, Global Animal

The dolphin drive hunting season is quickly creeping upon us. On September 1, off the coast of the Wakayam Prefecture of Japan, fishermen are going to set out on their boats in the annual bloody hunt for dolphins. On August 31 and September 1, rallies and peaceful protests are being held worldwide to take a stand against these horrifying activities. 

Photo credit: Tia Butt

Opening the world’s eyes to the disturbing hunting practices of dolphins, the award-winning documentary film The Cove exposed the crimes committed by fishermen off the shores of Taiji, Wakayan, Japan.

By using a wall of sound that disrupts dolphins’ use of echolocation (a sensory sonar system used for communicating and receiving feedback on nearby objects), fisherman are able to drive and trap whole pods of dolphins in a small, hidden cove. The fisherman then leave the dolphins trapped over night hyperventilating and restlessly looking for a nonexistent escape so that they can rest and kill the dolphins more covertly in the early morning. Over 2,000 dolphins are pitilessly killed annually in this Japanese fishing town.

Photo credit: Oceanic Preservation Society

The majority of these captured dolphins are slaughtered for their meat, which is often mislabeled and sold as whale meat. The consumption of dolphin meat is highly toxic due to the incredibly high concentrations of mercury and PCBs found in it. The “lucky ones” are sold to marine parks and aquariums around the world to spend the rest of their lives in captivity.

Read on for the schedule and locations of the worldwide protests and celebrate to support Japan’s Dolphin Day 2012 at a Japanese Embassy or Consulate near you.

Japan Dolphins Day:

Portland, OR

Location: Wells Fargo Center, suite 2700, 1300 S.W. 5th Ave. Portland, OR 97201 Time: Friday, August 31 Date: 11am-3pm Organizer: Kristen Massebeau Contact: [email protected]

Dallas, TX

Location: Pegasus Plaza 1500 Main Street, Dallas, TX Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Date: Friday, August 31 Organizer: Joy Benson Contact: [email protected]

Los Angeles, CA

Location: Consulate General of Japan, 350 South Grand Ave. Down Town Los Angeles, CA 90071 Time: 11am – 2pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Sueann Beaty Contact: [email protected]

San Francisco, CA

Location: Consulate General of Japan, 50 Fremont Street, Suite 2300, San Francisco, California 94105 Time: 11:00am-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Erin Thomas Contact: [email protected]

Canberra, Australia

Location: Embassy of Japan, 112 Empire Circuit Yarralumla ACT Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Katrina Seivers Contact: [email protected]

Edinburgh, Scotland

Location: Consulate General of Japan, 2 Melville Crescent,Edinburgh.EH3 7HW Time: 11:00am-5:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Elizabeth Craig Contact: [email protected]

Seattle, WA

Location: Japanese Consulate of Seattle, 601 Union St., Seattle, WA 98101 Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Rachel Greenhalgh Contact: [email protected]

Tel Aviv, Israel

Location: Berkowitz #4, Tel Aviv, Israel Time: 1:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Yael Hanna Chitrik Contact:[email protected]

Denver, CO

Location: Japanese Consulate, 17th And Lawrence Streets Time: 11:30am Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Heather Hintz Contact: [email protected]

Chicago, IL

Location: 737 N Michigan Ave # 1100 Chicago, IL 60611 Time: 11:00am-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Samantha Dickey Contact: [email protected]

Milan, Italy

Location: Milano Consolato Generale del Giappone Via Privata Cesare Mangili, 2 20121 Milano Time: 11:00am Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Daniela Gatti Contact: [email protected]

Toronto, ON

Location: Consulate General of Japan, 77 King Street West PO Box 10, TD Centre Toronto, ON M5K 1A1 Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Michael Pennell Contact: [email protected]

New York, NY

Location: Consulate General of Japan, 299 Park Avenue, New York, New York Time: 11:00am-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Alan Howard Contact: [email protected]

London, UK

Location: Embassy of Japan in the UK 101-104 Piccadilly, W1J 7JT London, United Kingdom Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Adam Filby, Lucy Byrne Contact: [email protected]….

Hong Kong

Location: Japanese Consulate, One Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Zoe Ng Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/307553999340465/?con…

Boston, MA

Location: 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston Ma Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Marianne Kocher Contact: [email protected]

Adelaide, Australia

Location: Parliament House Adelaide (corner North Terrace and King William Street) Time: 12:30pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Candice Nayda Contact: [email protected]

Atlanta, GA

Location: 3500 Lenox Rd NE, One Alliance Center Suite 1600, Atlanta, Georgia 30326-4236 Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Martha Brock Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/39695…

Honolulu, HI

Location: Consulate General of Japan, 1742 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-3201 Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Belinda Barnes Contact: [email protected]com

Indianapolis, IN

Location: Consulate of Japan, 11 S. Meridian Indianapolis, IN Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Leslie Holding Contact: [email protected]

Bangkok, Thailand

Location: 177 วิทยุ, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand, 02-2078500 Time: 9:00am-12:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Jirayu Peht Ekkul Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/133037800161721/?context…

Sydney, Australia

Location: 52 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia Time: 11:00am-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizers: Petra Anderson, Cathy Gilmore Contact: [email protected] [email protected]

Lexington, KY

Location: Jacobson Park, Lexington KY Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Paige Kosturi

Edmonton, AB

Location: Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton, AB T5J Time: 12:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Hayley Brown Contact: [email protected]

Pearl River, LA

Location:Crossing a Baptist Fellowship, Pearl River Time: 8:00am-11:00am Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Tonya Miller Contact: [email protected],

St. Petersburg, FL

Location: Pass A Grille Beach, 709 Gulf Way St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 Time: 4:00pm-6:30pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Allison Aldrich Contact: [email protected]

Hamburg, Germany

Location: Japanisches Generalkonsulat Jungfernstieg (Reesendammbrücke) Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Danielle Contact: [email protected]

Wellington, New Zealand

Location: Japanese Embassy, 100 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand Time: 12:00pm-2:30pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Linda Robinson Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/323662361054185/

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Location: Consulado Geral Do Japão Praia do Flamengo, 200 – 10º Andar – Flamengo – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil, Rio de Janeiro Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Luiz Albuquerque Conta…

Belfast

Location: Donegall Place Donegall Square, Belfast City Hall, BT1 5GS Time: 3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Lisa Milliken Contact: [email protected]

Auckland City, NZ

Location: A.S.B Centre, 135 Albert Street Auckland City Time: 12:00pm-2:30pm Date: August 31 2012 Organizer: Kerry O’Brien Contact: [email protected]

Miami, FL

Location: Miami Japanese Consulate, 80 SW 8th St., Suite 3200 Miami, Florida 33130 Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizers: Barbara Napoles & Mila DeMier Contact: [email protected]

Santiago, Chile

Location: Embajada de Japón, Ricardo Lyon 520, Providencia, Santiago, Chile Time: 2:00pm-7:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Jaime Varela Contact: [email protected]

Bogotá, Colombia

Location: Embajada de Japón, Carrera 7 No. 71-21, Torre B, Bogotá, Colombia Time: 1:00pm Date: August 31, 2012

Columbus, OH

Location: 154 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Shelly Emans Contact: [email protected]

Dublin, Ireland

Location: Nutley Building, Merrion Centre, Third Floor, Nutley Ln, Donnybrook, County Dublin, Ireland Time: 2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Nichola Sherlock Contact: https://www.facebook.com/e…

Washington, DC

Location: Embassy of Japan: 2520 Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest Washington, DC 20008 Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Kevin Starbard Contact:[email protected]

La Paz, Bolivia

Location: Embajada de Japón, Calle Rosendo Gutierrez No. 497, esq. Sanchez Lima Peace. La Paz, Bolivia Time: 10:00am Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Ariana Claure

Montevideo, Uruguay

Location: Bulevar Artigas 953. Montevideo – Uruguay Time:2:00pm-5:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Carolina Andrade Gastambide

Buenos Aries, Argentina

Location: Bouchard 547, Japan Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Contact: [email protected]

Calgary, AB

Location: Chinook Centre 6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0L1 Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Karen [email protected] Contact:

Cairns, Austraila

Location: Consulate of Japan: 15 Lake St, Cairns, QLD, 4870 Time: 11:00am-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Heather Hill Contact: [email protected]

Oslo, Norway

Location: Wergelandsveien 15, Oslo Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Jan Erik Solbeg Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/426213880753732/

Rome, Italy

Location: Via Quintino Sella, 60 00187 Roma, Italy Organizer: Ilaria Ferri and Guido Piertrolungo Contact: [email protected]

Brussels, Belgium

Location: Square de Meeûs 5 1000 City of Brussels, Belgium Time: Date: Sept. 1, 2012 Organizer: Dolphin Connection Belgium (Y.Godefroid) Contact: contact : [email protected]

Perth, Australia

Location: 111 Colin Street, West Perth, WA Australia 6005 Time: 1:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Brad Summers Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/475176902493393/

Copenhagen

Location: Embassy of Japan Havneholmen 25, 9F 1561 Copenhagen V Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm Date: Friday August 31, 2012 Organizer: Siff Cecilie Contact: [email protected]

Quito, Ecuador

Location: Embajada del Japon en Ecuador Avenida Amazonas N39-123 y Calle Arizaga, Edf.Amazonas Plaza, Piso 11, Quito, Ecuador Time: 12:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizers: Silvia Ramos and Cristina…

Budapest, Hungary

Location: TBD Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Vera Kristóf

Buffalo, NY

Location: Bidwell Park on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo NY 14222 Time: 3:00pm Date: Sept. 1, 2012 Organizer: Christine Hutten Contact: [email protected].com

Manila, Philippines

Location: Japan Embassy at Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines Time: 10am Date: August 310, 2012 Organizers: Ella, Trixie, Weng (EII-Phils) Contact: [email protected]

Düsseldorf

Location: Japanisches Generalkonsulat, Immermannstraße 45, D- 40210 Düsseldorf Time: 11:00am-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Christoph Küppers Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/42842…

Phoenix

Location: Phoenix: Tempe Town Lake – N/W corner of Mill Ave. & Rio Salado Pkwy Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Date: Saturday, September 01, 2012 Organizer: Patricia Cady Contact: [email protected]

Puerto Alegre

Location: Avenida João Obino, 467 – Petrópolis, Porto Alegre – RS, 90470-150, Brazil Time: 11:00am-1:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Rodrigo MarquesContact: [email protected]

Port Charlotte

Location: Port Charlotte Town Center, Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL Time: 5:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Sydnie Haines

Melbourne

Location: St Kilda Pier, Pier Road, St Kilda, Australia 3182 Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm Date: September 1, 2012 Organizer: Rick Gned Contact: [email protected]

Oklahoma

Location: Oklahoma City State Captial Date: August 31, 2012 Organizers: Traci and Ellie Findley

Vancouver

Location: Consulate General of Japan 1177 West Hastings Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Paul Gill Contact: [email protected]

Jakarta

Location: Jl. M.H. Thamrin 24, Central Jakarta 10350 Time: 1:00pm Date: Sept. 1, 2012 Organizer: Holly Forrest Contact: [email protected]

London, ON

Location: Victoria Park, 509 Clarence Street, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3N1 Time: 12:00pm-3:30=4:00pm Date: September 2, 2012 Organizer: Brittany Moore-Shirley Contact: [email protected]

São Paulo

Location: Avenida Paulista, 854 São PAulo, SP, Brazil Time: 12:00pm Date: August 31 2012 Organizer: George Guimarães Contact: [email protected] More info: www.veddas.org.br

Charlotte, NC

Location: Picasso’s Sports Cafe, 222 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202 Time: 10:00am-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Burton Pinckney Contact: [email protected]

Nashville

Location: 1801 West End Ave Nashville, TN 37203 Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Chris Lineberry More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/414907085213467/?context=create

Durban

Location: 64 Maryland Ave, Glen Ashley, Durban, South Africa 4051 Time: 6:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Michele Stewart Contact: [email protected]

Aalborg, Denmark

Location: Nytorv 9000 Aalborg Time: 11:00am-2:00pm Date: Sept. 1, 2012 Organizer: The Wild Dolphins, founder Flemming Larsen www.vildedelfiner.dk Contact: [email protected]

San José

Location: Tower El Parque La Sabana, San José, Costa Rica Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Berlin

Location: Hiroshimastraße 6 10785 Berlin Time: 11:00am-2:00pm Date: Sept. 1, 2012 Organizer: Ronja Valerie Gillmeister Contact: [email protected]

Lapeer

Location: Lapeer County Court House Downtown Lapeer Time: 3:30-5:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Debbie Planck Contact: [email protected]

Edinburgh

Location: Consulate General of Japan, 2 Melville Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7HW Time: 11:00am-5:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Elizabeth Craig Contact: [email protected]

Durban

Location: Evergreen primary school, Havenside, chatsworth, Durban, South africa Time: 09-00 to 14-00 Date: August 31, 2012 Event Organiser: Dawn Gounden email: [email protected]

Luxembourg

Location: 62, Avenue de la Faïencerie, L-1510 Luxembourg Time: 3:30-6:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Frédéric Bourreau Contact: [email protected]

Frankfurt

Location: Japanisches Generalkonsulat, Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49, D- 60327 Frankfurt am Main Time: 11:00 – 14:00 Date: 31.08.2012 Organizer: Orinoco Delta Contact Email: [email protected]

Austin, TX

Location: Whole Earth Provision Company,2410 San Antonio Street Austin, TX 78705 Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizers: Vida Love, Alisha Love Contact: [email protected] & t…

Dorset, England

Location: Drusilla’s Inn, Wigbeth, Horton, Wimborne, Dorset, England, UK BH21 7JH Date: Saturday 25th August Time: 10am until 6pm Organizer: Nikki Jacques Email: [email protected]

Corpus Christi, TX

Location: 600 Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi Tx Time: 5:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Marisol Ramirez

San Diego

Location: Intersection of Sea World Dr. and Sea World Way, San Diego, CA Time: 10:30am-1:30pm Date: Sept. 1, 2012 Organizer: Ellen Ericksen Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/181546188645944/

Aarhus, Denmark

Location: Skt. Clemens Torv 8000 Aarhus C Time: 3:00 00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Mina Petersen Contact: [email protected]

Barcelona

Location: Av. Diagonal 640, 08017 Barcelona, Spain Time: 11:30AM Date: September 1st, 2012 Contact: [email protected]

Brisbane

Location: 12 Creek Street Brisbane Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm Date: August 31, 2012

Montreal

Location: Consulat Général du Japon à Montréal 600 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, Suite 2120 Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm Date: Sept. 1, 2012 Organizer: Danielle Brassard Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events…

New York City

Location: Japanese Consulate 49th and Park Avenue (NE Corner) NY, NY Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Contact: [email protected] Note: This event will allow bullhorns, chanting, and ot…

Mexico

Location: Sala 1, Aulas 6 ITESM, Campus Monterrey Ave. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501 Sur, Col. Tecnológico C.P. 64849, Monterrey, N.L., México Time: 6:00pm Date: August 31, 2012 Organizer: Brisa Edeny Co…

Louisville, KY

Location: 3211 Grant Line Road, Ste 3, New Albany, IN 47150 Date September 1, 2012 Time 11:00am-3:00pm Organizer name: Stacie Bale/Earth Friends Cafe A Contact email that we can make public: ea…

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