Well, this is something different than the usual postings about telecommunications’ and other technology items, but none the less the illegal whaling that the Japanese Government partake in, and the slaughter that happens every year in the Japanese costal village of Taiji is a topic that I feel extremely passionate about.
I have been following the Japanese illegal waling for quite some time, and more recently the senseless and cruel Taiji slaughter.
So my challenge to you or request if you like is to send the letter below (via the link) to the Prime Minister of Japan. Alternatively you are of course welcome to send this sample letter prepared by Sea Shepherd to an alternative Japanese Government official (see below).I am outraged by the annual brutal slaughter of dolphins and whales that takes place in Japan. The images of bloody red water clearly show the world that Japan has little respect for the state of the world’s oceans and for the conservation of the marine resources it claims to support.Many scientific studies show that the oceans are in decline. We must take whatever actions are necessary to stop their over-exploitation and to protect the creatures that live in them. These dolphins do not belong to Japan. The status of the species of dolphins and whales that you kill are either endangered, threatened, or unknown. It is an unthinkable waste that they will likely end up as a meat product or deceptively sold as whale meat, polluted with toxic levels of mercury and cadmium, killing people that eat it. It is tragic and unacceptable that the remaining dolphins that are not killed will end up destined for death in an aquarium, water park, or "swim with dolphins" program.In addition, the methods used to kill these animals are cruel. Corralling the dolphins into bays, then making them suffer a long and painful death by spears, hooks, and drowning is an inhumane way of fishing. This action is disgraceful and has caused much disappointment in the international community.We demand that Japan permanently and immediately renounce and stop this slaughter. We will work diligently to bring this issue to international light until you have ceased your reprehensible violence.Sincerely,
PERMISSION FOR THE DOLPHIN HUNT IS GIVEN BY THE GOVERNOR OF WAKAYAMA
Mr. Yoshiki Kimura
Prefectural Office of Wakayama
1-1 Komatsubaradouri, Wakayama-shi
Wakayama-ken, 640-8269 Japan
Public comment lines: +81-73-441-2028
THERE IS A FISHERY AGENCY POLICY EVALUATION GROUP
WHICH HAS THREE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CHARGE:
Kawase, Yoshino and Tokura
Tel: +81-3-3502-8111 ext. 7057 and 7058
OR: +81-3-3591-5613 ( direct)
EMBASSY OF JAPAN IN WASHINGTON D.C.
Ambassador Ryozo Kato
2520 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington D.C. 20008-2869
Tel: (202) 238-6700,
Hours: M-F 9:15-12:30 and 2:00-6:16
OR FOR A CONSULATE OR EMBASSY NEAR YOU
or http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.htmlIf you would like to read more about the Taiji slaughter please visit the Sea Shepherd website(s);
Comment by Ana Rivera, on 3-Nov-2007 12:59
I was not aware of this horrendous situation until today. After seeing the images of the criminal act commited by Japanese, I am speachless. How can somebody have the heart to kill such a beautiful and innocent creature? Dolphins are not fish, they are smart, intellingent mammiferous who are endangered. They need to be protected by all of us! Indira Gandhi once said: "The culture of a nation is judged by the way they threat their animals". Murdering innocent creatures is not part of any culture, it is just pure cruelty. Dolphins are free animals who belong to the fauna of the world, they DO NOT belong to Japan.
Comment by Dolphin, on 4-Nov-2007 12:26
I've posted an entry on my blog about this very issue today. I am heartened to see, by searching on the 'net about this issue, that many places are linking and discussing this. Thanks for posting this .. and I hope the continued awareness stays strong and passionate. We can make a difference in this world, one dolphin at a time :-) "Dolphin"
Comment by herocious, on 5-Aug-2009 11:50
wow. you're post is ahead of its time for me! just last night i watched and advance screening of "The Cove", which has footage of the slaughter, and that was the first i had ever heard of this crime. the film moved me into writing a post in an attempt to do my part and spread the word. here's the link: http://theopenend.com/2009/08/04/the-cove-advance-screening-of-taiji-dolphin-slaughter/ hope this helps in some way.
Comment by Mary Porter, on 12-Aug-2009 03:36
The direct action link on the Cove movie website seems to be disabled or blocked. All I get is a click and a little yellow exclamation mark. Help us, Oh Geeks! This needs to go viral quickly, because the slaughter begins again on Sept 1. I accidentally visited Taiji last summer, because it is the train stop just before Nachi Taka, the great waterfall. The first temple of the Saigoku Pilgrimage in honor of Kannon (the Bhuddist manifestation of compassion) is located near that waterfall. Quickly, you can plan a Japan vacation that starts with this mission: physically stop the dolphin slaughter by your presence. A two-week Japan Rail Pass costs $300 (go ahead and get a green car pass). It will get you to Taiji from Osaka in a few hours. We got round trip airfare from Boston for 60,000 frequent flier miles. What are you waiting for? I recommend that you get a little book stamped at the temple, then continue on the Saigoku pilgrimage through Nara, then Kyoto, around Lake Biwa to the little sacred island of Chikubushima, across the mountains and end up at Gifu at the 33rd temple. You can get started on the internet. Some temples are hard to find, but local people will always help you, because the pilgrimage brings mercy and comfort to all Japan. Then, add one more stop. Go to the Peace Museum in Hiroshima and look at object number 64, recovered from the blast plain.
Comment by BK, on 15-Aug-2009 14:10
http://www.BROOME.geeky.com.au/ 1 – Broome-Sister City 2 Taiji, Japan. This information is not present on Broome Shire Web Site (SEARCH Broome Web Site for Taiji), Broome Community & School Web Sites, Broome Chamber of Commerce Web Site etc – as at 20090813-0800 – so WHY HIDE the Association – Why have the Association – BREAK IT! 2 – This Site Provides: Links to videos showing U the Cruel & Barbaric Slaughter 3 – This Site Provides: Phone, Fax, Mobile Email contacts for you to use. 4 – This Site Provides: Templates of letters to various organisations in Broome 5 – This Site Provides : Links to Petitions on this issue 6 – This Site Provides : Direct contact information to Councillors of Broome And much more information for you to use. It will take EVERY ONE OF US to make a change - 20 - 40 thousand Dolphins are cruelly & barbarically slaughtered EVERY YEAR in Japan. BROOME – SLAP Taiji in the face – BREAK TIES TODAY!