“23,000 permits issued this year to slaughter dolphin”

The world’s largest dolphin slaughter.

Japan issues 23,000 permits annually to fishermen around its shores; in Taiji alone, 1,500 or more dolphins are slaughtered every year. It has been going on for more than 400 years, although the drive fishery has only gone on for the past 70 years or so, and of course the capturing of dolphins for aquariums and swim-with-dolphins programs is a modern, very lucrative addition.

The cove in Taiji runs red more months at a time from the herding of migrating dolphins into the cove for slaughter.hut it down before this year’s hunting season ends in March 2010. In order to once and for all stop the dolphin slaughter in Japan, The Cove must be viewed by the Japanese people. So far, it has not been. There are 126 million people in Japan. Less than 300 of them have seen the documentary so far. The work, therefore, is now about launching an effort within Japan to ensure that as many Japanese people as possible see The Cove. Shut down this practice by educating the Japanese people to make the change.

The Save Japan Dolphins Coalition is leading that effort, and we are currently finishing up the Japanese translations for The Cove (movie) and making copies to distribute around the country, particularly to decision-makers in Tokyo. and to the various major cities where  dedicated dolphin lovers are eager to help us spread the word.
We are already seeing stories in the Japanese media that would never have appeared without our Save Japan Dolphins Campaign. The Japan Times, for example, recently printed a story listing ten important human rights issues in Japan — the Japan dolphin slaughter was number 9! Help us reach those 126 million people in Japan by donating today: Click here


Excerpts courtesy of  http://www.savejapandolphins.org

Excerpts courtesy of   http://search.japantimes.co.jp/rss/fl20100105ad.html

Image courtesy of   http://www.sausd.us/Bottlenose_Dolphin_KSC.jpg


1 Comment

  1. March 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I applaud The Cove for bringing world wide attention to an important issue and congratulate the film makers for winning an Oscar.

    However, it is unfortunate that the style and point of view of The Cove is one that is unpalatable for most Japanese people. I wish that the film makers would have been able to construct a more positive message for the Japanese people because – as you mention – there are many Japanese people who care about dolphins and about the oceans and environment generally.

    More of my thoughts here


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