Petition – Free dolphin activist Ric O’Barry from detention in Japan

Via Care2:

Ric O’Barry (of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project) was detained in the Tokyo Airport on Jan. 18, and has since been held in a deportees facility and repeatedly interrogated.

Barry is perhaps most known for his role in the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove,” which details the horrific slaughter of hundreds of dolphins each year in Taiji, Japan. As a result of this spotlight and his continued work to stop the hunts, he has become a target for surveillance and repeated interrogations by the Japanese government.

Please sign this petition demanding that Japanese immigration officials stop making up reasons to detain Ric O’Barry and release him immediately.




Petition: Ban gillnets and trawling in Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin habitat

Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins are the smallest and rarest marine dolphins on earth and live only in New Zealand.

Gillnetting and trawling have decimated these diminutive dolphins to near extinction and continue to kill them faster than they can breed. Hector’s dolphin numbers have dropped from 29,000 to around 7,000 since the 1970s.

The situation for Maui’s dolphins, a subspecies of Hector’s dolphins, is even worse. With just 50 survivors, Maui’s dolphins are facing imminent extinction.

Despite these low numbers, the New Zealand government is refusing to protect the country’s only native dolphins against fishing nets. Less than 20 percent of the dolphins’ home is protected against set nets and less than 10 percent against trawling, which simply isn’t good enough to prevent their extinction.

Experts have called for a ban of these fishing measures across the dolphins’ habitat for more than three decades. But the New Zealand government isn’t listening and the fishing industry denies all responsibility. Each year there are fewer dolphins left. How many more have to die before the New Zealand government acts and protects their entire habitat from harmful nets?

International pressure is crucial to saving Maui’s dolphins and your support will show that the world cares about New Zealand’s forgotten dolphins.

Please join the call for a full and immediate ban of gillnetting and trawling throughout Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin habitats.

Source: petition: Ban gillnets and trawling in Maui’s and Hector’s dolphin habitat

Save the New Zealand Dolphin

Four Hector’s dolphins caught in a recreational set net washed up on the shore.
Image: NZ DoC. Four Hector’s dolphins in recreational set nets washed up on the shore.
The New Zealand dolphin is the smallest dolphin in the world. Also known as Māui and Hector’s dolphins, there are just four populations left. They live in shallow coastal waters around New Zealand. But very few remain and they are heading for extinction.

Fishing nets are killing these little dolphins at a catastrophic rate.

In 1970 there were around 30,000. Now there are around 7,000. And in 10 years?

At least 110 dolphins die in set and trawl nets each year – faster than they can reproduce. The total number of deaths maybe as high as 300 every 12 months.

You do the maths. In just a few years they will be gone – FOREVER.

You can help save them. Don’t wait. Send your message now.

Sign now and ask the New Zealand government to ban these destructive fishing methods in the dolphins’ home – before it is too late.

WDC recently funded an independent survey and found that the majority of New Zealanders support these protection measures. The problem is clear. The solution is clear. Public opinion and the scientific proof are clear.

We need the government to act, and fast.

Add your name now and we will show the NZ government that the world is watching and wants to save these endangered little dolphins.

Please make a donation to our campaign.

New Zealand dolphin infographic
New Zealand dolphin infographic (c) Copyright WDC

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