Peggy Oki Origami Whales Project & "Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign

$1,425 of $5,500 goal

Raised by 28 people in 80 months

Hello everyone,

For over 25 years (mostly at my personal expense) I have been an activist for Cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins). For over a decade I've empowered children of all ages (including adults) while raising awareness about the plight of Whales and Dolphins through visually powerful public Environmental Art projects and exhibits all over the world. The photo here is from my trip to Tokyo in 2010 to join up with Ric O'Barry ("The Cove") and Save Japan Dolphins with a curtain of 1,300 Origami Dolphins. Each paper dolphin represents a real dolphin slaughtered annually in the fishing village of Taiji, Japan.

 

Since 2004, the Origami Whales Project (OWP) has worked to raise awareness concerning threats to cetaceans (dolphins and whales) through its stunning and memorable "Curtain of 38,000 Origami Whales."* Created by thousands of concerned citizens across the globe and exhibited throughout the world, this large-scale public art project serves as a powerful visual statement and memorial for the thousands of individual whales killed since the 1986 ban on commercial whaling.

* Since its inception, "the big curtain" is updated each year by adding 2,000 more Origami Whales (the number of real whales reported killed each year).

 

As urgent need for cetacean rights activities arise, the Origami Whales Project has expanded with additional outreach and education programs, creating "Curtains" of origami dolphins and whales in United States, Japan, Dominica, and New Zealand.
www.origamiwhalesproject.org

I have also been putting efforts forth to free Lolita, the lone Orca, 44 Years in an illegal tank at the Miami Seaquarium.
www.origamiwhalesproject.org/lolita

Current funding needs:

Updated November 2014: I have been invited to participate as guest speaker in the in the Miracle March for Lolita, January 17, 2015 in Miami, Florida. An estimated $900 is needed to cover airfare, transportation, and accommodation while in Florida. For more information, please go to: www.peggyoki.com/blog/archive/miracle-march-for-lolita.htm


Your contribution would be greatly appreciated in support of Peggy being a voice for Lolita, the lone Orca, held for over 44 years at the Miami Seaquarium.


The "Let's Face It" Visual Petition (LFI VP) campaign for the critically endangered Hector's & Maui's dolphins of New Zealand. Since initiating the campaign in 2012, we have over 8,300 LFI VPs, with a goal of 10,000.
www.peggyoki.com/activism/let-s-face-it-visual-petition
"¢Travel and printing costs for more "Let's Face It" VP banners will be around $4,500. Additional funds will go towards covering costs for the Origami Whales Project.

I can't stress enough my need for your contributions and assistance. Can you help me find corporate funding, or any form of sponsorship that will continue to assist with my efforts to save the Whales and Dolphins? What business do you know that needs a world cause?

Thank you for your consideration and support!
Peggy Oki
Origami Whales Project Founder & Director, "Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign coordinator

Follow the Origami Whales Project & "Let's Face It" VP campaign at the Origami Whales Project News!/blog page:
www.peggy-oki.com/cu-origami.part5.html

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Update 88
Posted by Peggy Oki
53 months ago
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Dear Friends,
I just sent out the Origami Whales Project / "Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign e-newsletter including:
1) NZ government allowing Oil Exploration/Seismic Explosions in Maui’s dolphins Sanctuary + Green is Good . . . . .
2) Sounds BAD: Navy LFA + Seismic Testing . . . . .
3) Norway, Iceland, Japan Whaling News . . . . .
4) Faroe Islands: "Taiji of the North" . . . . .
5) Captive Cetacean News & ACTIONS . . . . .
6) Taiji update . . . . .
7) Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program website now live! . . . .
+ a few bits ♥ . . . . .
All messages are Bcc-ed to protect recipient privacy, and e-newsletters are sent about every couple of months. . . . If you would like to receive a copy, please private message me with your e-mail address. . . . .
Thank you for your continued interest & support!

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Update 87
Posted by Peggy Oki
54 months ago
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Thank you everyone ♥ for our 293 "Share"-s on facebook of my Origami Whales Project "Call to ACTION"✮ responding to ALDF's announcement of OSHA violation with Lolita (lone Orca, 43 years in captivity!!) by Miami Seaquarium! . . . . . Animal Legal Defense Fund Complaint announced yesterday: Miami "Seaquarium Will Pay $7000 for Endangering Trainers in the Water with Captive Orca Lolita" . . . . .
✮ This is the link you ♥ "Share"-d : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=543808475723754&set=a.154422874662318.26803.143442629093676&type=1&theater . . . . . .
.•*+ + + NOW, if you haven't done so yet, please send YOUR MESSAGE to the NEW OWNERS (Palace Entertainment) of the Seaquarium, for Lolita's FREEDOM through this LINK I've created:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=530147650423170&set=a.154422874662318.26803.143442629093676&type=1&theater
. . . . . .•* Together, we can do this! ♥☆✮*•.
. . . . . . . . + If you don't know about Lolita's story yet, please watch & "Share" "Lolita Slave to Entertainment" documentary (58:20 min.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wGxMLiL1uZI . . . . . . •Recent (8:25 min.) video of Dr. Ingrid Natasha Visser's visit to see Lolita
http://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/index.php?categories_fileLolita
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Update 86
Posted by Peggy Oki
55 months ago
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Dear Friends,
Re: my recent post today, here is an UPDATE: I just called the Icelandic Embassy in Washington, DC and was told that they've received 20 calls so far on this issue, AND to send an e-mail. . . . . .
RECOMMENDATION: Please Do CALL them AND send an e-mail. . . . . .
Please feel free to USE my SAMPLE LETTER with your own edits if you wish. . . . . .
Find your local Iceland Embassy here: http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/iceland

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Dear Icelandic Decisionmakers,

I am aware that last year, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture established a quota of 154 Fin whales, a species that the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals has categorised as in danger of extinction. I am also aware of Iceland's quota to kill 229 Minke whales annually. Despite claims that this latter quota is sustainable, there is not enough scientific evidence to prove this to be true.

As citizens of the world are becoming aware and of opinion in opposition of the slaughter of these intelligent sentient beings is growing, this will prove far more damaging to Iceland's economy through loss of tourism dollars, income to other Icelandic fisheries through boycott campaigns, and potential economic sanctions.

I urge you to bring a halt to this cruel and unnecessary slaughter.

Sincerely,

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Update 85
Posted by Peggy Oki
55 months ago
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Dear Friends,

In advance to the forthcoming Origami Whales Project e-newsletter please consider TODAY, Friday, 20th of June, this GLOBAL ACTION. . . . . .

Last year, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture established a quota of 154 fin whales, a species that the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals has categorised as in danger of extinction. Eleven minke whales – which are not endangered – have been hunted so far this year in Faxaflói Bay, out of a quota of 229."
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Please call your local Icelandic Embassy to simply state:
154 ENDANGERED Fin Whales killed ANNUALLY is not acceptable!
List of worldwide Icelandic embassies: http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/iceland
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+ The first Fin Whale of the Icelandic season has been killed. Please scroll down to bottom of page for additional online action.
http://us.whales.org/news/2014/06/endangered-fin-whale-killed-in-first-icelandic-hunt-of-season
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Additional info:
Iceland has gotten a free pass for too long...while activists have focused on Japanese whaling, Iceland has continued to kill whales, and nobody has gotten in their face about it. We need to change that. What is perhaps MOST upsetting is that they are targeting 154 ENDANGERED Fin Whales!
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" (Icelandic) whale hunting season has begun, and will continue for the next three months.

RÚV reports that the whaling ships Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9 have set off today from Reykjavík Harbour for the whaling station in Hvalfjörður, north of the capital. There, the ships will be outfitted with harpoons and other equipment before heading out to sea to begin whaling.

Last year, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture established a quota of 154 fin whales, a species that the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals has categorised as in danger of extinction. Eleven minke whales – which are not endangered – have been hunted so far this year in Faxaflói Bay, out of a quota of 229."

Like we do for Japan, we can prop foul the Icelandic embassy phone lines each day for the next three months...as long as they continue to kill whales. This is something you can do from home, each and every business day....all you need is a phone and a few minutes to spare. Call the embassy or consulate, and tell them you are against their illegal whaling, and ask them to stop immediately! For this action to be effective, many people will need to take part, a few times daily, if possible. The embassy should not be able to do business as usual...they should be answering our phone calls. Can we generate 10,000 phone calls a week? I think we can.
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Find your local Iceland Embassy here: http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/iceland
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Thank you ♥ everyone, for being a Voice for the Voiceless, the Cetaceans & fellow Ocean Beings! ♥
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Peggy Oki
Origami Whales Project Founder & Director / "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions

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"Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign for the Critically Endangered Maui's and Hector's Dolphins of New Zealand: http://www.lets-face-it-dolphins.com/let-s-face-it

OrigamiWhales Project
www.peggy-oki.com/cu_origami.html
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✮As an extension of the Origami Whales Project, the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program offers the opportunity for children and teens to become educated on anthropogenic (human-caused) threats to cetaceans and their ocean habitats. Students become empowered to protect all connected marine wildlife and their habitat through art action letters and by applying artistic skills to crafting sustainable alternatives to some of these threats which include solid, chemical, and noise pollution, bycatch, entanglement, climate change, and ocean acidification, and whaling. We also discuss ethics, cetacean captivity, and current movement towards a Declaration of Cetacean Rights. The goal of this program is to increase awareness of our impact on the environment, and to instill a need for stewardship of all life on Earth through caring for cetaceans, their fellow beings, and ocean habitats.
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For further information, please visit our website:
http://wdap.peggyoki.com/
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Since 2004, the Origami Whales Project (OWP) has worked to raise awareness concerning threats to cetaceans (dolphins and whales) through its stunning and memorable "Curtain of 36,000 Origami Whales." Created by thousands of concerned citizens across the globe and exhibited throughout the world, this large-scale public art project serves as a powerful visual statement and memorial for the thousands of individual whales killed since the 1986 ban on commercial whaling. As urgent need for cetacean rights activities arise, the Origami Whales Project has expanded with additional outreach and education programs, creating "Curtains" of origami dolphins and whales in United States, Japan, Dominica, and New Zealand.
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How to Make Tax-deductible Donations to the Origami Whales Project:
http://www.lets-face-it-dolphins.com/donations

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Rich Monday
80 months ago

Peggi Oki has done so much for the skateboard community in her youth and now she continues to give back in her efforts to save the whales. Take time to give back like Peggy has and help spread the good news of Peggy's life's work. God Bless You All! Rich Monday

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Raised by 28 people in 80 months
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MW
$80
Mark Walker
35 months ago

Thank you for all the hard work.

GS
$100
Geoffrey Stearns
49 months ago
KS
$25
Kate Spencer
50 months ago

Keep up the great work for Lolita and all whales!

JH
$50
Joanne R. Hawley
50 months ago

This gift is in lieu of a sweater for Victoria.

$100
Mark Biewers
50 months ago

Awesome news of you speaking on behalf of Lolita Peggy! It's people like you that make a difference and proud to support your efforts!!

$50
Anonymous
50 months ago
$5
Christine Lawson
55 months ago

Thank you for doing this!

$100
Miriam Slater
60 months ago

xxoo

LF
$20
laugier frederic
67 months ago

Forza Peggy!!

BH
$25
Britta Hietz
67 months ago

Thank you Peggy for your wonderful enthusiasm and unrelenting energy towards protecting dolphins and other Cetaceans. Arohanui Britta

Rich Monday
80 months ago

Peggi Oki has done so much for the skateboard community in her youth and now she continues to give back in her efforts to save the whales. Take time to give back like Peggy has and help spread the good news of Peggy's life's work. God Bless You All! Rich Monday

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