Improve your Tweet for the Environment


By Kirsten Massebeau

#dolphinsloveus #ecoleaders #tweet4dolphins

#Environmental #hashtags #dolphinsloveus #ecoleaders #tweet4dolphins

For the environmental activist social media success means sharing your message, and finding receptive listeners who are willing to take action for the health of our planet, and welfare of people and animals. On January 21, 2013 at 7pm Eastern time activists will have a chance to improve their skills on Twitter and become more effective. Michael Q.Todd social media guru and Twitter expert is hosting a webinar on Tweeting for the environment:

Michael Q Todd, Jackie Bigford, June Stoyer, Paige Nelson and others will discuss and share thoughts about using Twitter. The focus will be on how environmental causes and individuals can use Twitter more effectively.

When to tweet/ What hashtags to use?
How to manage your account and more.

Please go to http://youtube.com/michaelqtodd to watch live and to ask questions during the webinar. 

The Twitter hashtag will be #EcoMonday
Please  join the event and share it to your friends and in your environmental groups.

Be the best you can be and help dolphins, whales, the ocean, and the planet!           Together we can make a difference!

Champions For Cetaceans Daily Scoop: More Pilot Whales in The Cove


By Kirsten Massebeau

September 16th-18th pilot whale slaughter captured by Martyn Stewart

The dolphin hunters of Taiji have driven yet another pod of 20-25 pilot whales into, “The Cove” in Taiji, Japan. This will be the third pod of pilot whales since the start of the dolphin hunting season September 1st. The drive today was grueling and cruel as the dolphins panicked in the stormy seas and threw themselves on the rocks and on the beach as noted by the Save Japan Dolphin Monitors on Twitter and on Facebook

#Tweet4Dolphins Big pod are in cove;((( (pilot whales). One big pilot jump over to our beach!fishermans were so panic and we are panic too;(

According to Sea Shepherds Cove Guardians there dolphins will be held for at least 2 days before the slaughter takes place.

Taiji: The Fisherman’s union doesn’t slaughter on Saturdays. This pod will be held for 2 days until Sunday. Current is rough due to Typhoon.

The pilot whales are sold into captivity, but also sold as food as can be seen here on Yahoo.jp. Please sign the petition asking Yahoo Japan to stop selling dolphin and whale meat  here.

Pilot whale meat September 18, 2012 By Martyn Stewart

What can you do?

Call your Japanese Embassy or Consulate and ask that the dolphin killing end! Japanese Embassies Worldwide

Contact CNN and let them know that dolphins are in the cove!

Support  Ric O’Barry and Save Japan Dolphins

Together we can end it! Education is Key! Share the movie, “The Cove”

Join Champions for Cetaceans on Facebook for worldwide cetacean issues and news.

Live Stream Maybe Game Changer for Dolphins in Taiji Japan


By Kirsten Massebeau

Photo Provided by Leah Lemeux Save Japan Dolphins 1/07/12

In 2009 Ric O’Barry‘s academy award winning documentary, “The Cove” was released and it shocked the world http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/cove/. The documentary exposed Taiji, Japan a place where every year 2000 dolphins are hunted using a technique called, Oikomi, or drive fishery. Hunters go out in metal boats with fluted poles attached to the sides that reach into the water. Once the small fleet of hunters locate dolphins they quickly create a half circle and then beat on the metal poles creating a sound that is extremely painful to the dolphins.The dolphins, with their acute hearing attempt to flee from the pounding that is amplified underwater. As they  attempt to move away from the sound they are driven into the deadly bay where captures and slaughter are performed.  Once netted off trainers arrive to select the young and most attractive dolphins. The rest of the pod is then slowly slaughtered as seen in Dieter Hagmann’s graphic video footage secretly obtained in 2010-11 season. A striped dolphin can be seen  suffering for over seven minutes as a hunter stabs, and slices while filling the wounds with bamboo nails to impede the blood flow thus hiding the horrendous nature of the slaughter. Throughout the video the dolphin remains conscious suffering an inhumane death beyond imagination.

The dolphin hunters of Taiji, are a small group of men, who have used every possible means to hide their cruel, and sadistic treatment of dolphins but watchful continue to capture video and now live footage. Since release of the Cove the number of more dolphin conservationists arrive in Taiji every winter ready to bear witness for the dolphins.

Social media has become key in these efforts. Volunteers on the ground in Taiji relay messages via Twitter and Facebook to groups like Taiji Dolphin Action Group who then post drive updates to members who then push the information along, ultimately trying to reach people outside of their circle who have no idea this sad practice takes place each year from September to March of every year in Taiji, Japan. The group boasting over 5000 members has a clear mission statement: “Our primary goal is to end the hunt in Taiji. We will accomplish this encouraging and supporting Japanese people to get actively involved. Change ultimately will come from the inside the hearts of Japanese people. However, we also see great value in “Gaiatsu” outside pressure by individuals and groups around the world.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/taijiactiongroup/

Ric O'Barry of Save Japan Dolphins Capturing Live Stream

Ric O’Barry has again found a way to reach the world. Live Stream or Ustream allows real-time coverage. Using an iPad and wireless connection Save Japan Dolphins  has been able to report live from the cove as the boats go out, and as the dolphins are driven in.
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/savejapandolphins. Between January 5th and 10th the Save Japan Dolphins team broadcasted live 25 times from Taiji.

Unfortunately, this new technology and the constant media coverage has not impeded the hunters. Each day pod after pod of dolphins has been driven into, “The Cove”. Most of these innocent souls brutally murdered.  Within a three day period  approximately 105 striped dolphins have died in the Cove, nine Risso’s Dolphins were captured, two of which were captured two selected for captivity http://www.ceta-base.com/drivefisheries.html.

Video Provided by Save Japan Dolphins

When will the inhumane slaughter and capture of these gentle beings end. The dolphin meat is laced with Mercury and PCB‘s http://bluevoice.org/news_dolphinmeat.php yet the killing continues. What will make the hunters turn away from this unsustainable practice. And when will the world open their eyes and hearts to our ocean friends who deserve so much more from mankind. How long the drive continues is unknown at this point but one thing is for certain. Dolphin conservationists will not give up. They will use media of all kinds to reach the world and people of Japan until the inhumane dolphin drives have ended.
What can you do? Follow any of these links to become an advocate for the monarchs of the sea that need our help so desperately.

http://savejapandolphins.org/

http://taijiactiongroup.blogspot.com/

http://bluevoice.org/