One Woman Stands Up for the Dolphins

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Just a few weeks ago, an international campaign to stop the annual gruesome slaughter of in was initiated by one Scottish woman hoping to make a difference. Shona Lewendon started a petition to the (IOC) requesting that Japan be denied the right to host the 2020 until they ban the annual slaughter of dolphins in the cove of , a tradition that has been occurring for a long time.

Within just five days of posting her petition online, she received 10,000 signatures. Since then, the petition has continued to grow, gaining more and more support from people all around the world. Her campaign has even won the support of the Whale and .

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This petition is considered an effective way to encourage change because Japan is so eager to host the Olympic Games, having submitted bids three consecutive times. However, in order to receive the honor of hosting the Olympic Games, Japan must comply with the Olympic Charter which contains a mandate for environmental responsibility under the Rules and Responsibilities of the IOC. This mandate states that the IOC must “encourage and support a responsible concern for environmental issues.”

This is the leverage that Lewendon’s petition uses to encourage an end to the horrific slaughter of dolphins in Japan. The slaughter of cannot be allowed to continue. This is an interesting example of using alternative strategies to raise awareness about an important conservation issue and potentially affect change.

This article was written and published by Oceana.org – the petition can be found here.

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Paul F. Stillwaggon

Time the world bans together and puts an end to all of this

Valerie Peters
Valerie Peters

Great action Shona, lets hope it works!

De Lin

Janice Murdoch you are and ANGEL! what an awesome idea! where is the petition to sign?

De Lin

Oh my gosh, I feel a ray of Hope! I have been so devestated by this and my soul cries everyday and now I feel that there is a way out! Thank you , Thank you..Where is the petitition and address?

Helen Rae Charbonneau
Helen Rae Charbonneau

Me too! And here is the comment that I am sending out today: OK EVERYBODY who has had enough of BUSINESS AS USUAL in Taiji. Observers of the dolphin drives have made us all aware of what's going on in THE COVE. We are all signing endless petitions, making phone calls, following events on Facebook, generating Tweet storms, etc. So…how's that working for us…for the dolphins? So far, not at all. Ask what's left of this week's pilot whale slaughter. Fact. We are NOT dealing with a "nice" government. This government feeds school children mercury-laden whale/dolphin meat. Ask the folks… Read more »

Michael Cameron
Michael Cameron

Love this! Keep it going!!

Christopher Ewing
Christopher Ewing

Great job Shona !! time to #shuttajidown, clean up the radiation going into the oceans, and stop the ILLEGAL whaling. #japan doesn't deserve to host any event until they stop killing our planet and its creatures. #boycott2020olympics

Lisa Quattrini
Lisa Quattrini

Time the world bans together and puts an end to all of this

Janice Murdoch

There is no question that Japan hosting the Olympic Games in 2020 sends a horrible message to the World. Continuing to slaughter dolphins in the most horrific, cruel way is a crime against the World and our Planet. What does this say about the Olympic spirit? Japan is exhibiting a barbaric, immoral, selfish position with these ongoing Dolphin slaughters & does not care what the World thinks about them. No recognition or tourism should be generated by the Olympics as a result of their hosting. This might be the only thing that can be leveraged, as they refuse to see… Read more »

Michele Jankelow

It is time that recognition be given to deserving countries for the Olympic Games and not favors, manipulation and money dictating as this appears to be currently taking place in the modern era. I am afraid should this continue to be ignored, the Olympics will no longer hold the charisma or spirit that it was intended for. If countries do not live up to moral values for all both human, animal and environmental decency, then a precedent should be set, the Games removed as a violation of the Olympic spirit has been compromised. Japan has displayed appalling lack of courage,… Read more »

Ellen van Heugten

STOP THID MADNESS!!!!!!!!!

Doris Charles

I hope Shona’s petition helps wth the dolphin plight, there needs to be said of the Faroes of the butchering rites too.

Doris Charles

I hope Shona's petition helps wth the dolphin plight, there needs to be said of the Faroes of the butchering rites too.