Animal activist and musician Vicki Kiely has combined her talents to inspire and educate people about animal welfare.
“I’ve always cared about animals but seriously got into animal welfare after seeing the movie The Cove for the first time at the age of 35. That movie really made me want to do something about animal cruelty.
The documentary The Cove is directed by Louie Psihoyos and exposes Japan’s mass dolphin massacres to the world. Ocean conservationist Richard (Ric) O’Barry assembles a group of elite activists who embark on a covert mission to discover the secrets of a hidden cove in Japan.
The film highlights the fact the Taiji dolphin drive kills 23,000 dolphins and porpoises every year. Dolphins are herded into the cove where they are trapped by nets and are speared or knifed to death.
“I have been working with him ever since going to Japan with many Cove monitors to monitor the dolphin slaughter there every season.
“I usually go three times every season for about three weeks each stint. I am not paid for the work I do it is all. I have done fundraisers for Japan however.
“It gets very expensive but I am compelled to do this work I would love one day to find a way to get paid to do this and make it my full-time job.”