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Dolphin protester to take fight to London

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

By HELEN KREFT

Emma Redfern and her daughter Erin will be travelling to London to participate in a protest against cruelty to Dolphins.

Emma Redfern and her daughter Erin will be travelling to London to participate in a protest against cruelty to Dolphins.

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A 41-YEAR-OLD is to take on the Japanese Embassy in a protest against the killing of dolphins in the country.

Emma Redfern, from Newhall, will be joining various groups at the protest in London which aims to stop the killing of dolphins in Taiji which she believes are being sold into captivity or slaughtered ‘if they are not pretty enough.’

However, the Japanese Government is being told that the dolphins are being killed for scientific purposes.

Ms Redfern said: “I saw a post on Facebook in August, last year, about dolphins being slaughtered and I delved into it.

“I don’t agree with it. They have got around the rules by saying they are slaughtering them for scientific research but most of them are going into captivity and if they aren’t pretty enough they get slaughtered.

“I have been following this ever since I saw the post.

“When it first started they were just killing them, but when they realised people were watching them, they put tarpaulin over them. Now the dolphins have to travel 12 miles to shore, driving them towards the coast, while banging pots to attract the dolphins.

“They are slaughtered in front of each other - so that could be parents and their children.

Ric O’Barry, who trained Flipper, actually dedicates his life to prevent this from happening.”

O’Barry captured and trained five dolphins in the 1960’s for the television series Flipper. When one of the dolphins committed suicide and died in his arms, he said then that he realised the cruelty of the captivity industry.

The protests will include banners and posters.

Anyone who wishes to attend or for more information can email Redfamily6@gmail.com

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  • Burton Mail  |  February 01 2013, 9:58PM

    What the Taiji fishermen do to the dolphins is horrific and reduced me to tears. The poor creatures are slaughtered amongst their families and baby dolphins, until the sea turns red with blood. The creatures frantically scream and thrash out in terror. Many babies are turned back out to sea without their mothers, and left to die brokenhearted and stressed. Some dolphins die instantly if shock, and some throw themselves against rocks to commit suicide, rather than be captured and slaughtered. It is so sad.

  • Burton Mail  |  February 01 2013, 4:13AM

    Bravo and good luck yeah! It will be fun, will be following worldwide, support and cheering up you all - I will be monitoring the follow up event happening globally on social media facebook, twitter and email message!

  • Burton Mail  |  February 01 2013, 3:17AM

    Iwish i could be ther to help u with this but i cant but u have my support on this.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 3:56PM

    Well done Em! Spread the word and watch "The Cove"

  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 11:31AM

    Thank god for Emma and any one prepared to take the issue of the slaughter of dolphin to the Japanese embassy, maybe this will make people around the world what is happing right now in Japan.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 8:39AM

    What a waste of time this is - people need to look at real issues.

  • Burton Mail  |  January 31 2013, 12:55AM

    Fantastic News!!!

  • Burton Mail  |  January 30 2013, 4:26PM

    Thank you for the article we are all concerned for nature and particularly for what happens at taiji #tweet4taiji

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