SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

September 19, 2006 20:49 ET

Actors, Activists Protest Annual Japan Dolphin Slaughter

MyNetworkTV "Desire" Star Chris DeRose Joins Forces With Ed Begley Jr. and Other Actors and Activists to Stop the Horrific Japan Dolphin Slaughter

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 19, 2006 -- Last Chance for Animals (LCA) will lead the protest at the Japanese Embassy in Los Angeles to demand Japan stop the brutal and inhumane slaughter of dolphins. Each year from October through March, in small towns across Japan, thousands of dolphins are confined and brutally killed. These slaughters take place in fishing towns including Taiji, Iki, Ito, Futo, and Izu. During those months, Japanese fishermen herd whole families and pods of dolphins, porpoises, and small whales into shallow bays and mercilessly hack them to death. Most of these animals are sold as meat in restaurants and stores, while others are destined for captivity.

Horrific footage taken by animal rights activists was broadcast across the world, showing Japanese hunters trapping a terrified pod of dolphins in a cove before netting their victims and cutting their throats out with large knives. These gentle, intelligent mammals can be seen thrashing about in agony in a blood-red sea, some taking up to 10 minutes to die from their wounds. Upwards of 20,000 dolphins and porpoises will be butchered by fishermen off the coast of Japan in the next six months, if the Japanese Government does not ban the 400-year-old hunting tradition

"The Japan dolphin slaughter is one of the most horrific acts of violence I have seen," said Chris DeRose, LCA President. "For a culture with so much pride they should be ashamed that they are committing these atrocities year after year. The dolphin slaughter must stop!"

What:   Japan Dolphin Slaughter Protest

Where:  In front of the LA Japanese Consulate
        350 South Grand Avenue
        Los Angeles, CA 90071

When:   Wednesday, 9/20/06
        Protest -- 12:00 Noon
        Press Conference -- 12:30 PM

Who:    Speakers include LCA President and Founder Chris DeRose
        (currently appearing on MyNetworkTV in "Desire"), Actor
        Ed Begley Jr. and other celebrities T.B.A.
Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been active for more than two decades. Founded and led by animal expert, author, and actor Chris DeRose, LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty. For more information, visit www.LCAnimal.org.

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