Talk To The Hand IMATA!
As soon as there were four of us, the police arrived. Within minutes we numbered a dozen with more of us on the way. The police officers were friendly. I was told later that one of them had seen The Cove. The officer in charge understood that there was no leader among us and that we came of our own accord to protest the hypocrasy of the I.M.A.T.A. slavers. Nevertheless, the hotel management and IMATA did not want us there and the officer was just doing his job by asking us to leave. Dan Preston (who was with us) was quick to speak, stating that he knew our rights and we were allowed to stay. After officers spoke with each other, talked to people on the phone and a guy in a suit, he said we could stay but asked that we cross to the other side of the street. We complied.
People entered and exited the hotel in both small and very large groups carrying clear plastic bags with IMATA paraphanalea inside. Many of them also wore IMATA badges and carried totes with the same slaver logo. IMATA here. IMATA there. IMATA everywhere! We were right where each and every one of them could see us all with our special homemade signs and no one was spared Jamie Herman’s constant announcements of statistics and facts about Taiji and its connection to IMATA. That girl has a set of pipes on her! Who needs a bullhorn when you’ve got Jamie Herman? I thought for certain that the police would cite us for disturbing the peace, but they were cool.
I hope Jamie comes to every one of our protests! Jamie, you rock!
We planted some seeds. Many of the large groups that passed us had children with them. The adults tried to ignore us, but the kids were rubber-necking to see our signs and hear our cries. What kind of people would actually engage their children in an organization that sucks money from blood? How could they intentionally include their own families in being a part of the slavery of the most intelligent non-human beings on this planet? I think the term ‘non-human’ is improper due to the fact that dolphins are more humane than humans.
There were a number of children with us, as you can see in the pictures and videos. IMATA people were stopping and coming out of the hotel to take photos of our group. Dan Preston was quick to point out that it was illegal to take photos of children without the parent’s consent and we promptly addressed this with the officers on guard. They spoke to the hotel personnel and the slavers informing them that pictures of us were a no-no. What’s imata wit’ you, IMATA? Don’t you know the law?
At four o’clock, the police told us we had to leave. I respected that because we told them in the beginning that we would. The younger crowd went elsewhere to wave their signs, but we older frozen adults called it quits. We needed warmth and food.
I have already been contacted by someone in California who wants to protest the IMATA slavers’ conference in September. I hear it will be held in
Miami Update: Atlanta, Georgia. That’s a good idea! Start planning now. There should be many more of us there to annoy the witless. Make sure you bring your children. I would also like to suggest that you send Jamie a plane ticket. She is the life of the party!
Find out more about the September 2011 conference HERE.
UPDATE: There will be one in Miami. http://miami2011.imata.org/
“Science and the law can both help us forecast the consequences of our actions, but neither can tell us how we ought to act in a moral sense.” – Dalai Lama
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- A 16-Year-Old’s Chronicles of the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter (animals.change.org)
- From ‘Flipper’ to ‘The Cove:’ Grassroots Activism at its Best with Ric O’Barry and the Earth Island Institute (switchboard.nrdc.org)
- Debate over dolphin hunt a sham: “The Cove” star (reuters.com)
- Dolphin killings begin (theage.com.au)
- Brenda Peterson: Japan: Stop Killing Our Evolutionary Elders and Help Save Our Oceans (huffingtonpost.com)