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Sailor and activist Dean Jeffreys last night conducted a screening of the Japanese dolphin-slaughter film The Cove adjacent to the Sea World carpark last night in an attempt to bring attention to the slaughter and captivity of the cetaceans.

He also showed an interview with Byron conservationist Mick McIntyre, from Whales Alive, recorded yesterday at the International Whaling Commission currently occurring in Panama.

He has also called on the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) and the likes of Sea World and Marineland ‘to have nothing to do whatsoever with dolphin captivity and to publicly condemn dolphin captivity and slaughter and to move towards liberating and no longer incarcerating cetaceans whatsoever’.

Jeffreys is sailing up the east coast of Australia on his boat Migaloo 2 as part of a of a five-month journey/campaign to educate people about cetaceans.

‘I am disappointed the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary got voted down at the International Whaling Commission by a block of nations, including some South Pacific nations, that obviously have been bought out by the Japanese,’ Jeffreys said yesterday.

‘It is also very sad to see America support false claims of aboriginal hunt by countries such as Saint Vincent in the Caribbean, who now have permission to kill 20 humpback whales over the next five years. This is such a sick joke, as these people have only been living there for less than 200 years and is clearly a push by Japan again to keep coastal whaling alive. Meanwhile Japan still plans to kill up to 2000 whales this year under the false claim of “scientific research”.’

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