“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams needs everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows, saying it’s the best solution to avoid the capture and killing of dolphins in Japan.
“ These creatures travel the ocean. That’s what they explore daily. No tank is going to be huge enough. No tank will ever be enough, ever be exciting ” she said Friday in a Skype call from the little town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, whose dolphin search was recorded in the 2009 Oscar-winning film “The Cove.”
19, Williams, is the most recent celebrity joining the cause. Others comprise Brian May of Queen, Sting and Daryl Hannah.
She trusts her sway, especially on social networking, with 4 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million on Twitter, will help the cause.
The dolphin trainer for the 1960s “Flipper” TV series, Ric O’Barry, started the protests against the Taiji dolphin kill.
The dolphins that are killed and sold as meat are peripheral to the hunt’s principal goal: selling the finest-looking ones living to aquariums and shows.
The hunters in their assistants and Taiji continue to defend the custom that it is a convention, although eating dolphin meat is extremely rare in Japan. The government considers whaling to research.
Williams, who's the global ambassador for O’Barry’s Dolphin Project campaign, said that only a few of Taiji fishermen are benefiting from your practice and that many Japanese are unaware of what goes on in Taiji.
It ’s not an attack on Taiji, or on Japan at all, or the individuals of Taiji,” she said. “I wish to express, honestly, hand on heart, that this is no attack on anyone in specific.”
“The Cove directed by Louis Psihoyos, which wasn't widely shown in Japan, went Friday that was online for the free screening, limited to Japan and in a Japanese-language version after distribution rights were repurchased by the filmmakers.
Williams said she went to the Cove earlier in the day, but the scene was peaceful.
“It was something that struck a chord in my heart. And I’m a firm believer that, if there's something which you want to stand up and fight for, then you should. And with everyone for what they believe in, doing their little bit, hopefully together we can make the world a better place she said of her wish to save dolphins.