London turned out in force on Saturday 17th January in opposition to the continued slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan and against the captive dolphin and orca industry, such as Lolita who has been imprisoned for 44 years since being stolen from her family in the ocean. She is currently languishing in Miami Sea Aquarium, in the smallest pool to house an orca in Northern America.
There were around 1,000 people who took part in the protest, which started with a march through central London to Trafalgar Square. Once there guest speakers including Will Travers from the Born Free Foundation, Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild and Sharon Bull delivered highly charged speeches against keeping cetaceans in captivity. Sharon Bull gave a reading of her poem about the baby albino dolphin nicknamed on social media ‘Angel’; who was stolen from her family in the Cove at Taiji exactly a year ago to the day of the protest. Her family were butchered and she now remains confined in a tiny, filthy pool in Taiji Whale Museum.
The day ended with a protest outside the Virgin Holidays store in Kensington, where a petition was handed in to the store for Richard Branson to ask him to cease selling holidays to SeaWorld and to stop supporting the captive dolphin industry.
Please read more about the dolphin slaughters in Taiji.