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Human Whale mass protest at Bondi Beach
Extension for the Competition
Dave Speaking at Xavier Rudd Concert
Dave Rastovich, Hayden Panettiere and Other Real-Life Heroes Make A Daring Pre-dawn Mission Back to Japanese Dolphin Killing Cove
Surfers for Cetaceans Dolphin paddle out ceremony
Anti-whaling protesters deliver letter to Japanese Vice Consul
October Action in Japan


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Human Whale mass protest at Bondi Beach  

20-11-2007

  On Sunday the 18th November, 2000 people came together on Bondi Beach to create the shape of a 300 foot humpback whale in protest against Japan's imminent slaughter of humpbacks, minke and fin whales.


The Japanese whaling fleet set sail for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary on the same day.


The Logie-winning Australian actor Isabel Lucas, professional surfer Dave Rastovich and his wife "Hannah Mermaid", helped Jeff Panakhoff from Save The Whales Again! to lead the event.


*photos from the recent 'Save the Whales Again' event at Bondi Beach on Friday November 16th, 2007


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Extension for the Competition 

19-11-2007

  As the IWC meeting in Chile has now been put forward to June, we can now extend the deadline for the Visual Petition competition by another month!

So, the new closing date is: 1st June, 2008. Midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Also, we have changed the rules of the competition to allow younger people to get involved. In a nutshell:

• under 18yrs old must be accompanied by an adult

• 18-21yrs old must have written consent by a parent or guardian


We are really pushing to get more of an interest in Asia and Africa, so if you know anyone who lives in these areas please pass on as much information as you can or contact us and we can send out information kits and media kits.


*photos from the recent 'Save the Whales Again' event at Bondi Beach on Friday November 16th, 2007


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Dave Speaking at Xavier Rudd Concert 

03-11-2007

  Dave Rastovich spoke at Xavier Rudd's Byron Bay Concert on Saturday 3rd November. To see the video, go to http://www.youtube.com/v/5dfyv_vDujY


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Dave Rastovich, Hayden Panettiere and Other Real-Life Heroes Make A Daring Pre-dawn Mission Back to Japanese Dolphin Killing Cove 

29-10-2007

  OKYO- Less than 24 hours after professional surfer Dave Rastovich led an international group of over 30 surfers, celebrities, and musicians on a peaceful paddle-out ceremony to honor the more than 25,000 dolphins killed each year in Japan, fishermen in the tiny village of Taiji resumed the slaughter that had been delayed by the increased worldwide media attention.

In response, the surfers decided in solidarity to make a pre-dawn return to the killing cove to recreate the ceremony, albeit with fewer people to evade detection. Rastovich and the others paddled within a stone’s throw of a pod of captive pilot whales and their calves that had been herded into the cove for early morning slaughter.

“The reason we surfers were there was to share the blood-stained waters at eye-level with our ocean kin awaiting their execution,” said a dripping, visibly shaken Rastovich just after paddling in. “Despite the fishermen taking great pains to hide their acts of cruelty, we seized an opportunity to bring this travesty to the world’s attention.”

Taiji-area fishermen, who kill dolphins and whales for their meat, netted off the bay and constructed green tarps to shield the slaughter from prying eyes and front-line cetacean activists bent on shutting down the dolphin trade forever. When the surfers learned of the imminent slaughter, they did not hesitate to return despite the distinct possibility of violent resistance and police arrest.

Rastovich and his core team of surfers trailed by camera crews arrived at the infamous Taiji cove to paddle out to the captured pilot whales. After entering the water they quickly arrived alongside the whales who swam back and forth along the edge of the seaward net.

The six paddlers, including Rastovich, his wife mermaid model Hannah Fraser, Heroes TV star Hayden Panettiere, Australian actress Isabel Lucas, author Peter Heller and professional surfer Karina Petroni, formed a traditional surfers’ memorial circle situated between the whales and the blood-ridden shallows.

Local fishermen converged almost immediately, harassing the paddlers with yelled threats and advancing on them with whirling propeller blades. The irate fishermen, who yelled “Why are you here? Go Home!” then used a long wooden pole to attack and intimidate the surfers.

“Even though the fishermen used force to try and break us up we held our peaceful stance. The feeling in the circle was of incredible strength” said mermaid model Hannah Fraser.

With tensions escalating and the police sirens growing, the surfers quickly paddled back to shore where a distraught Hayden Panettiere fell to her knees sobbing, overwhelmed by the carnage she and the group had just witnessed.

“I couldn’t believe how red the water was,” said Panettiere. “The whales were so scared. Hopefully their deaths won’t be in vain.”

After hightailing it out of Taiji, 30 policemen readied with a paddy wagon stopped the three-van convoy at the border of the Wakayama prefecture. After politely checking passports and questioning the group intently, the police waved the crew on their way.

Rastovich expressed extreme sorrow, saying “With many nets and kill boats waiting beyond the cove, the fishermen’s intense desire to kill left no room for escape.”

Reflecting on the day’s experience, a somber Isabel Lucas expressed that the worst part was that the whales are probably all dead by now. “We couldn’t save these whales but hopefully shining the light on their deaths will save others.”

For more information:

Surfers For Cetaceans
http://www.surfersforcetaceans.com

Save the Whales Again
http://www.savethewhalesagain.com

Save Japan Dolphins
http://www.SaveJapanDolphins.org

Minds In the Water Visual Petition
http://www.mindsinthewater.com


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Surfers for Cetaceans Dolphin paddle out ceremony 

29-10-2007

  TOKYO- Less than 24 hours after professional surfer Dave Rastovich led an international group of over 30 surfers, celebrities, and musicians on a peaceful paddle-out ceremony to honor the more than 25,000 dolphins killed each year in Japan, fishermen in the tiny village of Taiji resumed the hunting that had been delayed by the increased worldwide media attention.

In response, the surfers decided in solidarity to make a pre-dawn return to Taiji cove to recreate the ceremony. Rastovich and 5 others paddled within a stone’s throw of a pod of captive pilot whales and their calves that had been herded into the cove for the early morning hunt.

“The reason we were there was to bear witness in the water at eye-level with our ocean kin that were about to die,” said a dripping, visibly shaken Rastovich just after paddling in. “We wanted to bring this to the world’s attention.”

Taiji-area fishermen, who kill dolphins and whales for their meat, netted off the bay and constructed green tarps to shield the hunt from prying eyes and front-line cetacean activists bent on shutting down the dolphin trade forever.

Rastovich and his core team of surfers trailed by camera crews arrived at the infamous Taiji cove to paddle out to the captured pilot whales. After entering the water they quickly arrived alongside the whales who swam back and forth along the edge of the seaward net.

The six paddlers, including Rastovich, mermaid model Hannah Fraser, Heroes TV star Hayden Panettiere, Australian actress Isabel Lucas, author Peter Heller and professional surfer Karina Petroni, formed a traditional surfers’ memorial circle situated next to the captive whales.

Local fishermen converged almost immediately, harassing the paddlers with yelled threats and advancing on them with whirling propeller blades. The irate fishermen, yelling “Why are you here? Go Home!” then used a long wooden pole to attack and intimidate the surfers.

“Even though the fishermen used force to try and break us up we held our peaceful stance. The feeling in the circle was of incredible strength” said mermaid model Hannah Fraser.

With tensions escalating and the police sirens growing, the surfers quickly paddled back to shore.
"The deaths of these intelligent animals is made all the more meaningless due to the fact that their meat is heavily contaminated by toxic mercury", said Isabel Lucas.

After hightailing it out of Taiji, 30 policemen readied with a paddy wagon stopped the three-van convoy at the border of the Wakayama prefecture. After politely checking passports and questioning the group intently, the police waved the crew on their way.

Rastovich expressed extreme sorrow, saying “With many nets and kill boats waiting beyond the cove, the fishermen left no room for the dolphins to escape.”

For more information:

Surfers For Cetaceans
http://www.surfersforcetaceans.com

Save the Whales Again
http://www.savethewhalesagain.com

Save Japan Dolphins
http://www.SaveJapanDolphins.org

Minds In the Water Visual Petition
http://www.mindsinthewater.com


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Anti-whaling protesters deliver letter to Japanese Vice Consul 

04-09-2007

Handing over the letter, and outside Japanese Consul.
Handing over the letter, and outside Japanese Consul.
  Coinciding with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit to Australia to attend APEC

Whale conservationists Dean Jefferys and Howie Cooke delivered a letter to Japans Vice Consul Mr Tamura on Monday the 3rd of September in Brisbane with a request to pass it on to the Prime Minister of Japan. The protest coincided with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit to Australia to attend the APEC meetings in Sydney. Dean Jefferys and Howie Cooke talked to Mr Tamura in the foyer of the Japanese consulate for 10 minutes and expressed their concerns about Japans plan to kill 50 humpback whales this December when they return to the Antarctic to kill their self allocated quota of over 1000 whales for so called 'scientific' whaling which includes the endangered and globally protected Fin whale. Mr Tamura gave his word that he would make sure the Japanese PM would see our letter.

Howie Cooke from "Surfers for Cetaceans" said "Surfers, diver and sailers experience the wonderment of the ocean and know the joy of being welcomed by the marine mammals. We cannot stand by and watch Japan slaughter thousands of innocent whales and dolphins from the Japanese waters and the north pacific all the way into the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic southern ocean whale sanctuary. Japan must hear and respect world opinion and give up their untenable bloody and cruel acts of genocide, killing and capture, against the whale and dolphin nations. Japan still has a wonderful opportunity to become a major whale watch destination and the dalls porpoise is a beautiful symbol of Japans marine environment. We will continue to defend the right to freedom and peace of whales and dolphins, our fellow surfers and joyful friends of the ocean".

Dean Jefferys from the Byron Whale Action group who is about to embark on a month long whale conservation voyage, sailing with possibly the last safe Humpback migration from Hervey Bay to Sydney said "I cant understand why Japan is prepared to disgrace itself internationally to satisfy the desires of a few power hungry old whale killers and eaters. Whale loving Australians are calling on the Prime Minister of Japan to show some courage and compassion and stop his countries cruel and inhuman killing of whales and dolphins. We are also urging our own Prime Minister, John Howard to convince Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while they are talking at this weeks APEC meetings, that if he wants good relations and feelings between Australia and Japan then all whaling must end immediately".

Port Stevens Whale watch operator and Secretary of Whale and Dolphin Watch Australia Inc. (WADWA) Frank Future, who recently attended the International Whaling Commission in Alaska said "By deliberately targeting a population of whales that are at the core of Australia's $300 million whale tourism industry, Japan is almost certainly retaliating against Australia and the anti-whaling members of the IWC for its refusal to allow coastal whaling in their own waters. It is an act of hostility that makes a mockery of last years friendship agreements between Australia and Japan. I feel these cruel and ruthless acts against our whale friends may sadly revive old war wound memories of the Japanese and be very counter productive for our bilateral relationship".

For more info and interviews contact:

Dean Jefferys
02 66840002
0407 122 781
www.flightofthehumpback.org

or

Frank Future
0412 689 798
www.imaginecruises.com.au




Following is a copy of the letter we gave to Japan's Consular General in Brisbane with instructions to pass it on to the Prime Minister of Japan:



Dear Prime Minister of Japan

We people of Australia who are united in wanting the PM of Japan Shinzo Abe to know of our absolute objection in the strongest possible terms to the continued slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and in the North Pacific and the killing and capture of dolphins in Japanese waters.

We are calling on the PM Japan to end all of Japans whaling including the abhorrent proposal to kill 50 Australian and Tongan Humpback whales and to stop the annual capture and slaughter of around 20,000 dolphins which take place in Japanese fishing towns such as Taiji.

We remind the PM that in allowing whaling in Southern Oceans Whale Sanctuary whether 'scientific' or commercial, Japan is violating the Antarctic Treaty System.

As we have just seen in Iceland, with their announcement that no more whale killing quotas will be issued, whaling WILL eventually be stopped world wide, so Japan might as well stop now before the worlds public opinion of Japan deteriorates further.

In killing pregnant Minkes, Endangered and globally protected Fins and threatening Endangered and globally protected Humpback whales Japan is in breach of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Japans whaling is a direct threat to the $300 million whale watch industry of Australia and equally a direct threat to the fragile Tonga whale watch economy.

We would like to inform you that around 50 coastal towns/communities/councils have adopted specific identified and named whales through a national campaign called the Humpback Icon Project. We will be monitoring their safe migration and will not accept the cold blooded slaughter of our warm blooded kin.

We urge the PM to initiate great change in his countries attitude to cetaceans, to abolish whaling and dolphin slaughter and to embrace the opportunity to become another whale watch nation proud of its coastal marine mammals and working with the International community to protect the whales and dolphins of the world, our wonderful friends in the sea.

On behalf of all caring Australians


Dean Jefferys, Byron Whale Action Group
Howie Cooke, Surfers for Cetaceans
Frank Future, Whale and Dolphin Watch Australia Inc




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October Action in Japan 

25-08-2007

Sea running red with dolphin blood in the Bay near Taiji. (inset) Contaminated whale/dolphin meat threatens lives of Japanese school children.
Sea running red with dolphin blood in the Bay near Taiji. (inset) Contaminated whale/dolphin meat threatens lives of Japanese school children.
  Greetings from OZ, Dave Rastovich here. Just reaching out a hand to all those I know in our circles who may be interested in a very special and important event coming up in October.

In the last year I have learnt that Dolphins and small Whales in Japan are being wiped out by commercial fishermen in numbers of roughly 26,000 a year. I have also learnt that the Dolphin/Whale meat that is then sold to people in Japan and Asia is extremely poisonous due to dangerously high levels of Mercury and heavy metals. This meat is being fed to school children throughout Japan under a government assisted program.

There are many threats to Dolphins and Whales on Earth right now, but none as serious as in Japans coastal waters.

As surfers, we have the closest relationship to Dolphins and Whales out of any human culture, no one will feel the sadness of losing a species of Dolphin/Whale more than us. No one has more of a responsibility to honor and protect them than us.

In late October 2007 I am heading to the centre of this issue. Together with the biggest names in surfing we will go to the site of the annual 'dolphin drives' and display our compassion and respect.

With full respect and acknowledgment of Japan's rich culture and history we, as representatives of the Global Surfing Culture have the clear intention to act upon our feelings of compassion and love for the people of Japan and their Dolphins and Whales.

Please feel free to pass this onto anyone you feel appropriate.

The Japan Dolphin Campaign:
The 2007 Japan Dolphin Campaign, commencing October 26th 2007, is an international media event bringing together the Japanese surf community, mainstream celebrities and the global surfing culture's most influential surfers to a place in Japan, where thousands of dolphins and small whales are brutally slaughtered every year for profit. Through the domestic and international media, this campaign will expose the genocide of Japan's cetaceans and the poisoning of Japan's people.

If you feel compelled to join us in Japan, or wish to help stop the extermination of Dolphins, and the poisoning of Japan's people simply reply to this email address and I can share with you how to help.

With much gratitude, Dave Rastovich


For information regarding this issue visit:
www.savejapandolphins.com

Mercury Poisoning information visit:
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/print/fe20070801a1.html

Mercury poisoning in Japanese Schools:
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUST6359120070801


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