We all know by now (don’t you?) that there are so many action groups and campaigners – utterly distraught by the annual September to March killing of hundreds of Dolphins in Taiji Cove, Japan! The country states it’s an ancient tradition.. where Dolphin pods are ushered in from the sea int the Cove by boats..then people descend into the cove ..and start massacring the dolphins.. a sort of coming of age tradition for their people or something.
BUT reality is different! Many discrete Journalists and activists have witnessed local zoo and park people monitoring from the shores.. later selecting suitable Dolphins for their respective water parks.. and rest are killed.
So here is the second annual big demonstration in Central London – outside the Japanese Embassy – to make our hard feelings known..and to urge them to top this barbaric `tradition’.
The organisers of this event have set up an event page in facebook.. with following details:
“Another event outside the Embassy of Japan in Piccadilly, London to protest the slaughter and capture of dolphins and small whales in Taiji, Japan. Remember to bring along posters and banners 🙂 megaphones, whistles and inflatables! 🙂 date is confirmed to be 21st February! Starting at 12 and finishing with a minutes silence and candles being lit around 6pm.” Facebook event page
Date: Friday 21st Feb 2014
Venue: Outside the Embassy of Japan (Piccadilly, London). Nearest tube: Green Park
Time: 12pm to 6pm
See you there good people
ps. Good NEWS: India declares Dolphins as `Non-Human Persons’ and bans all Dolphin captivity programs for whatsoever reasons! Read about this in the latest edition of Gaian Times eco-spiritual Magazine #10 Out now.
GT getting better.. It’s continuing to gain international readership and contributions and I am proud of that!
And this issue – with its gold cover title marks the 3rd Birthday of Gaian Times as a Registered not-for-profit Company. Yes we got it started back in February 2011! The actual first GT magazine was published online in June 2011. So we’ll have a big Celebration then – in London – if you can make it!!
As this GT#10 issue comes to you, there is a Conference taking place in London, hosted by Prince Charles and the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, bringing together 50 of the world leaders – for the purpose of taking serious action to stop illegal Wildlife trading! We are hoping it’s going to be more than just talk!
Am thrilled to have contributions from Aurelia Anyika (Keyan origins), whom I met at the last `Peaceful protest outside Chinese Embassy in London (to urge China to stop Ivory trade!). Aurelia is a fellow activist and Eco-Campaigner, passionate and serious- and I look forward to reading more of her work!
We also have Lisa Du Fresne starting a new column in Gaian Times, called Animal Communications (she’s writing from Canada)! And Renard (Richard) Fox writes from America, about the Druid Path, and shares a poem too!
In case you are wondering, Gaian Times is not all about animals. It’s about people too. And following on from my report of the London’s Erotica festival (GT issue#9), am very glad to be covering SAFE – the Safety network for people who work in the sex industry (Standards Against Female Exploitation). Angela Belassie has been kind enough to provide the feature with various facts and even a case study.
There is also a feature on the Psychology & Counselling Support being provided for people in cardiff, and Bristol, in our `Talk of the Bay’ feature.
Of course we’ve just had Valentine’s day.. So we have not just the photo of `Canada’s Sweetheart’ Angela La Muse, but she has so kindly answered some of my questions, and provided professionally taken photos of her – just for GT. (yes, me going to Canada to do a photo shoot with her just was taking too long!)
Vathani Navasothy writes about giving an MOT for your love relationships (she’s a Professional qualified Counselor of almost 24 years, and one of the founding members of Gaian Times!)
Next issue is out just before Earth Day – by mid-April! It’ll also cover all the esoteric excitements of the Beltane festivities, and more chit-chats on Love, marriages and relationships!
Here’s a list on contents..to tempt you further..
The Muse that got away from London- An interview with Miss Angela La Muse- Canada’s Burlesque Artist
An Ode to Rinpoche. The Buddhist Lama who started the first centre in UK.
Counseling & Community Features
MOT for your Romantic Relationships – Counselling Column by Vathani Navasothy
SAFE: Standards Against Female Exploitation. Info, Case Study & Sex Industry / users Survey results
Talk in the Bay – How Cardiff is leading the way in offering Counselling for people with Depression.
Eco (good) NEWS Corner
US bans Ivory Trade in ts borders
India declares Dolphins as `non-human person’
Shell scraps 2014 Arctic drilling Plans
London Hosts Anti-Wildlife Trading Conference
Protests & Campaigns
Kill the Ivory Trade – Action for Elephants Uk protestors outside Chinese Embassy in London
Stopping illegal Wildlife Trading & African local realities – Aurelia on the demo outside conference in London
Esoteric Events (Feb-April)
Isis Navigatum ritual;
Spring Equinox- Hern’s Tribe;
One Spirit- Drum, Dance & Full moon Ecstatic Dancing Events (monthly)
Pagan Federation Spring Equinox
Druid spring Equinox
Meteor Watch 2014- dates for 2014 and event details; Tips on Observing meteors; Tips on Photographing shooting stars!
To be a Druid – An American Fire Druid’s thoughts
The Return of the Dawn- Druidic poetry
Wiccan Full moon rituals in London
Animal Communications – new GT column by Lisa Du Fresne (from Canada)
Spells for protection of all Wildlife – Ivoking Cernunnos Lord of the Beasts.
Equation of Reality – Is this where Magic & Science meet? Mani Navasothy – Physics Graduate & WIccan High Priest bemuses.
Elephantom Origins- Mani speaks about the cartoon cause!
Fan reaction to Doctor Who 50th anniversary Movie
Speeches at Protest outside Chinese Embassy
Fashion & Entertainment:
Time Lord turns 50! Doctor Who celebration in over 80 countries;
DrWho Imaginarium- Flming our own fan series in London (get involved)