11:18 Wednesday 30 January 2013

Dolphin protester to take fight to London

Written byBY 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.

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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