|Despite Worldwide Condemnation the killers continue to hunt, killing these dolphins on 28/01/2014
Between the 17th and 21st of January 2014 a huge pod of 250 Bottlenose Dolphins were driven into the Cove at Taiji, a record of which is on the blog.
After 5 days of hunger, dehydration, injury, suffering, families being separated, babies being stolen and death the world spoke out in condemnation of the hunt.
Inflamed by the fact that the next day the Taiji Whale Museum and the Japanese press reported the fact that The little albino calf Angel Shoujo taken from the drive was already on display the world reacted.
Ambassador Kennedy US Ambassador to Japan tweeted her concerns as did the British Ambassador Tim Hitchen saying the UK opposes all forms of drive hunting
USA Today reported on the 18th Jan 2014
Digital Journal reported on the 18th Jan 2014 regarding conservation groups contacting Waza
Japan Today reported on the 19th Jan 2014
CNN also reported on the 19th Jan 2014
On the 20th the officials of Wakayama Prefecture started complaining about the protest in a report from CNN
National Geographic news reported on 20th Jan 2014
NBC news reported on the 21st Jan 2014
The Independent also joined in releasing their report on 20th too.
BBC also reported
After the many reports Japan then started to release some of their own as the Japanese press seemed reluctant to print anything and ignored the situation.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga gave the government's response on Monday to a Twitter message from US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.
Reuters filmed at the cove and did their report
As the anger and horror of the drive hunt continued, many celebrities also joined in the protest, lending their voice to the campaign to get the hunt stopped.
Richard Branson posted his support in his Virgin blog
Yoko Ono published an open letter to the people of Taiji
Kirstie Allie, Susan Sarandon, Ricky Gervais and many others listed here all joined in to condemn the hunt and try to bring it to an end.
People ask many questions about the drive hunt for example
Why do the fishermen leave the dolphins in the cove overnight before they kill them?
Why can't Save Japan Dolphins or Cove Guardians put out noise makers or their own boats to block the hunts?
Many questions have been answered here and there are also many ways to help.
Despite the international press and members of state from other countries condemning the hunt, the Japanese government still allowed it to continue, doing absolutely nothing to address any of the issues raised. Shinzo Abe continued business as usual as the Japanese always seem to do.
The little white calf Angel Shoujo was last heard of on display at the Taiji Whale Museum, many of the dolphins captured are still in the harbour pens until they learn to accept dead fish and do tricks or die of starvation. 2 have already died in the week following the capture.
|Captured bottlenose dolphins in Taiji Harbor Seapen,awaiting
shipment to Aquariums or Swim with Dolphin programs
for a lifetime of captivity after losing their families.
|Taiji Harbor seapens filled with dolphins to be sold for a sad lifetime of
performing for fish at Aquariums and Swim with Dolphins
The following day the fishermen went to hunt again but luckily the pod managed to escape, and on 23rd January 2014 they went out again, killing a pod of 28 striped dolphins in what seemed to be almost an act of defiance to the watching world. 24th January 2014 they caught and killed a pod of Pantropical dolphins, 25th January 2014 All killing boats remain in port today. Taiji Fisherman's Union is closed. This was to allow movement and trucking od the first bought bottlenose dolphins who headed towards Osaka. 26th January 2014 2 of the captured bottlenose dolphins die, the trainers who had been tube feeding them now turn killers themselves. 27th January 2014 all 12 banger boats chased in 4 pacific white side dolphins who all went into captivity. 28th January 2014 a pod of Striped dolphins were brutalised in the cove.
Despite knowing the world was watching, this has to be one of the cruelest captures I have seen,
this so called fisherman grabbed the dolphin so hard, he made it bleed and laughed whilst he was doing it. The sequence of events in 4 photographs are below.
|This so called Taiji fisherman grabs the dolphins beak as it was looking to the boat for help
|Still squeezing the beak, this dolphin is in pain as they try to pull it up out of the water. Take note of the glove
|It is tied to be dragged to its death, with its face now bleeding
|Left injured by the fisherman it floats in its own blood and that of its relatives
One Japanese fishermen sent the world a message
It seems only fitting that the world send them one back in return.
ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA TO SUPPORT CAROLINE KENNEDY AND ASK JAPAN TO BAN THE DRIVE HUNT HERE
HELP SUPPORT GREECE AND RIC O'BARRY IN PETITIONING THE EU TO BAN ALL DOLPHINARIA IN EUROPE.
Sign the petition here it only needs another 9000 people to get to target. HERE
ALL THESE PARKS BUY FROM THE TAIJI DRIVE HUNT Contact details HERE
Japanese embassy contact details across the globe HERE
WAZA CONTACT PAGE ASK THEM TO BAN ANY PARK DISPLAYING WILD CAUGHT CETACEANS HERE .
TELL IMATA AS THEY STAND BEHIND THE CONSERVATION AND APPRECIATION OF DOLPHINS TO BAN ANY TRAINERS WORKING WITH CETACEANS CAUGHT IN DRIVE HUNTS AND TO STOP SUPPORTING THE DRIVE HUNTS HERE
Mr. Yoshiki Kimura, Governor of Wakayama prefecture(issues the dolphin drive permits)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen @ City Hall Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourism Bureau Wakayama Prefecture: email@example.com
ISANA is the joint publication of the Japan Fisheries Association and the Japan Whaling Association. Tell them how tourism, dolphin trips etc would be better than what they do now. HERE
PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE OF JAPAN, NOW YOU CAN TELL HIM WHAT YOU THINK OF THE TAIJI DRIVE HUNT, AND WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE HIM TO DO. Please help get this stopped. HERE
Ask the International Whaling Commission to give small cetaceans the same protection as their larger relatives. HERE
Airlines transporting dolphins - List is attached below and facebook and websites here