The Sea Shepherd-organized rally was well-attended today, February 14, and included many who had been to the tragic “Cove” in Taiji. This season, they reported, some 800 dolphins were killed and others captured. See Sea Shepherd (www.seashepherd.org) for reports from many cities.
Immediately after the rally, Green Vegans visited the Russian consulate in Seattle to present them with a “Postcard for (Russian President) Putin”. On it we wrote, “President Putin, Tear Down These Tanks”. The consulate was closed, but found we could slip our poster-sized card under the consulate door. Images of Russian orca prisons and Putin reaching out to a dolphin will greet consulate workers when they return.
As the February 14 demonstrations protesting the Taiji dolphin slaughters and captures draws near, do NOT forget the Russian captures of beluga, pilot, and orca whales. Stories about orca whales and Taiji dolphins taking part in the Sochi Olympic games have faded in the media. The exception is this excellent investigation http://timzimmermann.com/2014/02/10/who-is-white-sphere-the-barely-disguised-conglomerate-behind-russias-wild-orca-captures/ by a journalist who took the time to uncover the truth.
We ask you not to view the Olympic Games on TV (NBC in the US) in protest of these travesties and many others. Russian President Putin and his government are responsible for violence against these whales and dolphins, homeless dogs in Sochi, and LGBT people.
As for the Olympic Committee, we reject the notion that the highest standards of personal behavior and competition are required of athletes by the Olympic Committee while the same committee AND SPONSORS do not require hosting countries to uphold justice for individuals from other species and people. The Olympic Committee must reform the host country selection criteria or face dwindling public and commercial support for the games.
To host the Sochi Olympics, Russian President Putin’s abuses his power and supports the killing and imprisonment of many species. He and his government are persecuting sexual minorities, capturing orca and beluga whales from the wild, and importing dolphins captured in the larger slaughter at Taiji, Japan—some of who are in Russian captivity along with wild-caught juvenile beluga whales. Putin and his government also endorse the slaughter of stray dogs in Sochi, and now, the arrest of three “animal rights” activists who oppose his actions (see the petition on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GreenVegans?ref=hl). This demands our response. Green Vegans implore you to boycott the games and the media (especially NBC and its sponsors) that broadcast them. It’s time to stop pretending that the Olympics should ever be used as an excuse to kill and imprison others. These Olympics have come to represent injustice and murder.
This is also an opportunity to demonstrate to importance of seeing the connections between these travesties. They are all connected by the same worldviews that approve of each persecution. This is representative of our human ecology and how the Seven Results we advocate are required as a whole, again because they are interconnected. So, please revisit the Seven Results page on this, our Green Vegans website.
Green Vegans cancelled its earlier plans to hold a demonstration at the Japanese and Russian consulates in Seattle to protest all of these issues after learning that Sea Shepherd had plans to sponsor an international day of protest a few weeks later. Though apparently limited to the Taiji dolphin slaughter and captures for the marine park entertainment industry, all people and organizations have been invited to participate. We urge all Green Vegans to attend. http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2014/02/03/join-sea-shepherd-conservation-society-and-sea-shepherd-cove-guardians-at-world-love-for-dolphins-da-1551
Here is the “tank” we had planned to use for our original Seattle area protest.
Because the Russian orca and beluga whale captures still need the public’s attention, monitor the Green Vegans Facebook page for our upcoming response at the Russian consulate.