Sea of blood and dolphin slaughter prompts Kiwi protest
Entertainer takes to street for dolphinsKATASHA M CCULLOUGH
Children's entertainer Lynn Usmani will be raising her voice for a different reason this weekend.
Mrs Usmani manages The Aunties and appears as a magician and actor in skits for children.
But on Sunday she is hosting a protest against the annual dolphin slaughter in the village of Taiji, Japan.
"These dolphins desperately need our voice as they cannot speak for themselves," Mrs Usmani says.
The dolphins are herded into a cove by fishermen where a few are sold into captivity and the rest killed.
She says the dolphins are stabbed and paralysed by stakes driven into their spines.
"It's not done humanely. Unspeakable acts of cruelty will be inflicted on one of the most beautiful, highly intelligent, self-aware, sentient beings."
Protests will be held in more than 100 countries for Japan Dolphins Day on September 1, which coincides with the first day of the hunt.
About 2000 dolphins are killed in Taiji over a six-month period.
The cull was the subject of 2010 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, which follows former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry and his team's efforts to covertly film the hunt.
Mrs Usmani will present a petition to the Japanese embassy after the protest.
"We all need to stand up and do our bit," she says.
Protesters are encouraged to wear blue, representing the aim for the sea to be blue, rather than red with blood.
There will be face-painting and prizes for the best sea creature and blue-themed costumes.
The protest is 11am to 1pm on September 1, Queen Elizabeth II Square, 7 Queen St, central Auckland.
Go to japandolphinsday.net for more information.
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