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Thousands to Rally Today Against Taiji Dolphin Slaughter for “World Love for Dolphins Day”

Today, thousands of people around the world are joining their voices together in a call for compassion for dolphins being brutally captured and killed in Taiji, Japan. On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s second annual “World Love for Dolphins Day” will bring the world’s love and reverence for dolphins to “Japan’s doorstep” at Japanese embassies and consulates across the U.S. and overseas.

Last year, people gathered in cities around the globe to participate in the first “World Love for Dolphins Day,” helping Sea Shepherd and Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians draw international attention to the annual drive hunt in Taiji, which claims the lives of as many as 2,000 dolphins and small whales each year, depending on the killers’ self-allocated quota. This year, Sea Shepherd’s event will be even larger, as Sea Shepherd USA chapters and volunteers across the world are holding 32 peaceful demonstrations across the U.S. and in countries including Australia, Denmark, Spain, New Zealand, Ireland, Brazil, Hungary, Canada and Chile.

Celebrity Sea Shepherd supporters and special guests are helping to shine a bright, global spotlight on the atrocities committed against cetaceans in the cove. In Los Angeles, Sea Shepherd will be joined by three celebrity supporters who have even joined the Cove Guardians on the ground in Taiji to witness and document the hunt firsthand—actress Shannen Doherty, best known for her roles on the hit television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed; Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons TV show, noted philanthropist and sponsor of the Sea Shepherd vessel named in his honor; and Simone Reyes, star of Oxygen TV’s reality series Running Russell Simmons and newly appointed Director of TV Development, Def Pictures Television.

Also participating in the LA demonstration are actors Eric Balfour, star of the hit television series Haven and Ross McCall, star of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and USA Network’s White Collar. McCall traveled to the Faroe Islands last summer, as part of Sea Shepherd’s Operation GrindStop 2014, opposing the mass slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins known as “the grind.”

I will also be standing alongside my fellow Sea Shepherds and supporters in Los Angeles, in solidarity with our brave international team of Cove Guardian volunteers currently on the ground in Taiji. This season I was denied entry to Japan to document the brutal drive hunt for what would have been my fifth season on the ground at the cove, as Japan continues its unsuccessful efforts to hide Taiji’s cruel capture and slaughter of cetaceans from the world.

Sea Shepherd and I hope that you will join us and Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians as we stand up and say, “Dolphins do not belong to Japan.”

Here is a list of official, confirmed “World Love for Dolphins Day” events in the U.S. and overseas.

U.S. DEMONSTRATIONS:

Demonstrations begin outside the following locations at Noon ET/PT and end at 1 p.m. ET/PT unless otherwise noted below. Please check the times for your demo location:

Los Angeles

350 South Grand Ave, Suite 1700

Los Angeles CA 90071-3459

Portland

Wells Fargo Center, Suite 2700

1300 S.W. 5th Ave

Portland, OR 97201

Seattle

601 Union Street, Suite 500

Seattle WA 98101-4015

Denver

1225 17th Street, Suite 3000

Denver CO 80202-5505

Houston (11am-1pm CST)

2 Houston Center Building

909 Fannin Street

Suite 3000

Houston TX 77010

Washington DC (12pm-2pm ET)

Meeting at DuPont Circle Metro station 12pm and marching to Embassy of Japan DuPont Circle Metro

1525 20th St. NW

Washington, DC 20008

New York

Consulate-General of Japan in New York

299 Park Ave, 19th Floor

New York NY 10171-0025

San Francisco (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PT)

275 Battery Street, Suite 2100

San Francisco, CA 94111

Boston (12pm-2pm ET)

Federal Reserve Plaza, 22nd Floor

600 Atlantic Avenue

Boston, MA 02210

Atlanta

Phipps Tower, Suite 850

3438 Peachtree Road

Atlanta, GA 30326

Honolulu

1742 Nuuanu Avenue

Honolulu, HI 96817-3201

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Chicago

737 North Michigan Avenue #1100

Chicago, IL 60611

Miami

80 Southwest 8th Street #3200

Miami, FL 33130

Dallas (11am-2pm CST)

Dealy Plaza

Dallas, TX

WORLDWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS:

Demonstrations will be held outside the following locations. Please check the times for your demo location:

Please note: Any locations outside of USA territory are to be considered "unofficial” Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) events organized by local volunteers and will NOT involve Sea Shepherd Global or other Sea Shepherd entities outside of SSCS/SS USA.

Rio de Janeiro (Feb 12. 15pm-17pm BRST)

Praia do Flamengo, 200

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

* Because Feb 13 is carnival in Rio and the Japanese Consulate will be closed, this event is on Feb 12

Toronto (11:30am-1:30pm ET)

77 King Street West

Suite 3300, TD North Tower

Toronto, ON M5K 1A1

Vancouver

900-1177 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC, V6E 2K9

Melbourne (12pm-2pm AEDT)

GPO Steps

Cnr Bourke Street Mall & Elizabeth Sts

Melbourne, Australia

Copenhagen (3pm CET)

From City Hall Square to the Japanese Embassy

Copenhagen, Denmark

Chañaral de Aceituno (4pm CLST)

4th. Region

Chañaral's harbor, Chile

Ottawa

255 Sussex Drive

Ottawa, ON K1N 9E6, Canada

The Hague (2pm-4pm CET)

Tobias Asserlaan 2

2517KC Den Haag

The Netherlands

Barcelona (11am-1pm CET)

Av. Diagonal, 640, 2ª planta D

08017 Barcelona, Spain

Madrid (11am-1pm CET)

Calle Serrano, 109

28006 Madrid, Spain

Perth (12pm-2pm AWST)

U22 / Level 2,

111 Colin Street,

West Perth, WA 6005

Mexico City (11am-12pm CST)

Paseo de la Reforma, 395

06500 Mexico City, Mexico

Wellington (12pm-2pm NZDT)

100 Willis Street

Wellington, New Zealand

Auckland (12pm-2pm NZDT)

41 Shortland Street

Auckland, New Zealand

Santiago (Feb 14. 4pm CLST)

Av. Ricardo Lyon 520

Providencia, Santiago, Chile

* Please note that this event is taking place on Feb. 14.

Budapest (2pm-3pm CET)

H-1125 Budapest, Zalai út 7

Budapest, Hungary

Dublin (1pm-3pm GMT) 

Japanese Embassy

Nutley Lane

Merrion Road

Dublin 4, Ireland

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