Japan Dolphins Day comes to Canberra

johnboy 4 August 2012 29

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I’ve had this in which may be of interest to some of you:

On August 31, 2012 rallies and peaceful protests will be held in over 70 locations worldwide to protest the September 1st start of the annual Taiji dolphin cull as seen in the Academy-award winning documentary The Cove. I am helping organise the Canberra event which will be happening on Friday, the 31st of August from 4 to 5:30 pm at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra.

Japan Dolphins Day was founded by Ric O’Barry and Save Japan Dolphins (SJD). We are honoured to again be working with SJD & an international team of organisations & activists to help make the 2012 Japan Dolphins Day the biggest & best global event ever to raise awareness about the plight of dolphins in Taiji.

Last year over 700 dolphins were killed on the Taiji coast as they migrated through the region as part of their normal migration route. This is in addition to the tens of thousands of dolphins and small whales that are killed at sea by Japanese fishermen under licences from their government.

As well as an animal welfare concern, Japanese dolphin hunting is a very serious public health issue with annual mortality rates in Taiji and other Japanese coastal towns (where dolphin meat is consumed regularly) up to double what they are elsewhere.

If possible, we would be thrilled if you would help us promote the Canberra event! The event organisers as well as local award winning oceans photographer, Pamela Martin, would be happy to be interviewed if you think it might make for a nice article in the lead up to the event.

For more information feel free to check out the below links which provide some information about the cause. Feel free, also, to contact me by email or phone with any questions you may have:

katrina.seivers@bigpond.com or 0410129481

The event Facebook page can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/events/300905906671614/307204649375073/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

A ‘frequently asked questions’ website about Japanese dolphin hunting can be found here: http://savejapandolphins.org/take-action/frequently-asked-questions


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poetix poetix 3:02 pm 06 Aug 12

Mmm, that’s all just orcal.

Mysteryman Mysteryman 1:31 pm 06 Aug 12

Thumper said :

I think the point is that dolphins possess intelligence and that there is no real reason for slaughtering them for food.

Which would suggest that killing dolphins for food, like whaling, is just an outdated cultural norm that should be discarded.

No, it doesn’t suggest that at all. People like you suggest that. You might not see a “real reason” for doing something, but that doesn’t mean you’re right.

p1 p1 1:22 pm 06 Aug 12

heatherbunnie said :

The only people who seem to care about whether these animals are harmed, tortured and killed are vegetarians vegans and humanitarians.

An interesting set, to be sure.

heatherbunnie said :

Which makes me wonder why carnivores are so very heartless, cruel and uncaring when it comes to the suffering of innocent animals.

Funny, dolphins are carnivores. Humans aren’t.

bigfeet bigfeet 1:17 pm 06 Aug 12

heatherbunnie said :

When a pod of dolphins is killed in the Cove of Taiji, that means whole generations die, not just a few wandering dolphins! In response to Mobrock, comment #8, Of course they can’t kill the entire pod over again. Dead is Dead! However, each and every day, entire new pods migrate along the coastal waters not knowing what is in store for them at the hand of the Taiji Dolphin Killers. Each pod is a family of generations of animals who very much love their babies, mothers, sisters, and fellow male dolphins. Risso dolphins are NOTsustainable. There are other dolphins who are endangered who wander into the Cove trap. The only people who seem to care about whether these animals are harmed, tortured and killed are vegetarians vegans and humanitarians. Which makes me wonder why carnivores are so very heartless, cruel and uncaring when it comes to the suffering of innocent animals. What will it take to wake up the blood thirsty citizens of this planet, before their stupidity and their blood lust destroys this planet.

Simple. Station observers and ensure only non-endangered animals are harvested. The rest get released.

Your attempt at anthropomorphism is extremely transparent , but it is your final two sentences which show the true agenda here.

HenryBG HenryBG 1:13 pm 06 Aug 12

heatherbunnie said :

However, each and every day, entire new pods migrate along the coastal waters not knowing what is in store for them at the hand of the Taiji Dolphin Killers. .

Not so clever really then, are they?

And don’t they smell awfully fishy as well?

thebattwoman thebattwoman 1:11 pm 06 Aug 12

Jivrashia said :

thebattwoman said :

you call me stupid?

I’m sorry, was I too subtle?

thebattwoman said :

I find it ironic

It’s called pot calling the kettle black.

thebattwoman said :

I don’t believe I preached

thebattwoman said :

Sad.

At least that’s something we can agree on.

Ever thought that readers will make their own interpretation?

Well, yes I had hoped, but apparently debating the facts is beyond you. With that said, I’m off to crack a beer. Cheers mate, for the lively, if dense conservation.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 12:47 pm 06 Aug 12

thebattwoman said :

you call me stupid?

I’m sorry, was I too subtle?

thebattwoman said :

I find it ironic

It’s called pot calling the kettle black.

thebattwoman said :

I don’t believe I preached

Ever thought that readers will make their own interpretation?

thebattwoman said :

Sad.

At least that’s something we can agree on.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back VYBerlinaV8_is_back 12:29 pm 06 Aug 12

heatherbunnie said :

When a pod of dolphins is killed in the Cove of Taiji, that means whole generations die, not just a few wandering dolphins! In response to Mobrock, comment #8, Of course they can’t kill the entire pod over again. Dead is Dead! However, each and every day, entire new pods migrate along the coastal waters not knowing what is in store for them at the hand of the Taiji Dolphin Killers. Each pod is a family of generations of animals who very much love their babies, mothers, sisters, and fellow male dolphins. Risso dolphins are NOTsustainable. There are other dolphins who are endangered who wander into the Cove trap. The only people who seem to care about whether these animals are harmed, tortured and killed are vegetarians vegans and humanitarians. Which makes me wonder why carnivores are so very heartless, cruel and uncaring when it comes to the suffering of innocent animals. What will it take to wake up the blood thirsty citizens of this planet, before their stupidity and their blood lust destroys this planet.

Cool story, bro.

thebattwoman thebattwoman 12:22 pm 06 Aug 12

Jivrashia said :

thebattwoman said :

You just made my point. Perhaps I should have said, with more intelligence than humans in some cases.

I admire that you have excellent skills in trolling on the net,
to feign stupidity by associating the appropriateness of a kill with the level of intelligence of the mammal being hunted, even though the perception of intelligence is limited by our own, and the most limited go around preaching their limited understanding on the net.

Again, good job miss. Well done.

I find it ironic that none of your statement in anyway mentions the stats provided or the numerous studies that have been undertaken into dolphin intelligence/methyl mercury poisoning and you call me stupid?

I don’t believe I preached, I merely presented a point of view that you obviously disagree with and can only return with insults to answer. I think we know who intelligence is limited when all you have produced is words and insults. Sad.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 12:14 pm 06 Aug 12

thebattwoman said :

You just made my point. Perhaps I should have said, with more intelligence than humans in some cases.

I admire that you have excellent skills in trolling on the net,
to feign stupidity by associating the appropriateness of a kill with the level of intelligence of the mammal being hunted, even though the perception of intelligence is limited by our own, and the most limited go around preaching their limited understanding on the net.

Again, good job miss. Well done.

heatherbunnie heatherbunnie 12:05 pm 06 Aug 12

When a pod of dolphins is killed in the Cove of Taiji, that means whole generations die, not just a few wandering dolphins! In response to Mobrock, comment #8, Of course they can’t kill the entire pod over again. Dead is Dead! However, each and every day, entire new pods migrate along the coastal waters not knowing what is in store for them at the hand of the Taiji Dolphin Killers. Each pod is a family of generations of animals who very much love their babies, mothers, sisters, and fellow male dolphins. Risso dolphins are NOTsustainable. There are other dolphins who are endangered who wander into the Cove trap. The only people who seem to care about whether these animals are harmed, tortured and killed are vegetarians vegans and humanitarians. Which makes me wonder why carnivores are so very heartless, cruel and uncaring when it comes to the suffering of innocent animals. What will it take to wake up the blood thirsty citizens of this planet, before their stupidity and their blood lust destroys this planet.

thebattwoman thebattwoman 11:57 am 06 Aug 12

Jivrashia said :

thebattwoman said :

which for marine mammals with such high intelligence, is brutal and horrific.

I give you 10/10 for this troll.

You just made my point. Perhaps I should have said, with more intelligence than humans in some cases.

Jivrashia Jivrashia 11:56 am 06 Aug 12

thebattwoman said :

which for marine mammals with such high intelligence, is brutal and horrific.

I give you 10/10 for this troll.

thebattwoman thebattwoman 11:53 am 06 Aug 12

bigfeet said :

NO_H8 said :

bigfeet said :

this seems to be a perfectly sustainable harvest.

There are also enough humans on this planet to have a sustainable harvest that doesent give us the right to kill them

That is a stupid analogy.

The vast majority of people believe that it is perfectly acceptable to eat animals and use animal products.

This particular non-endangered animal is being harvested at levels which will have no impact on the species.

Yourr equating Humans and Animals as being the same shows what the ultimate agenda really is.

It isn’t a simple case of sustainability as I tried to highlight above with some stats and logic. Even if you don’t share any affinity for the plight of the dolphins, what of the Japanese people, who are raised not to question their government? It’s precisely because of business/government that the tragedy of Minnemata occurred with the methyl mercury poisoning that took place in 1956. People are still paying for that today and still awaiting compensation from the Japanese government. Many are in horrendous shape.

Thumper Thumper 11:44 am 06 Aug 12

I think the point is that dolphins possess intelligence and that there is no real reason for slaughtering them for food.

Which would suggest that killing dolphins for food, like whaling, is just an outdated cultural norm that should be discarded.

bigfeet bigfeet 11:29 am 06 Aug 12

NO_H8 said :

bigfeet said :

this seems to be a perfectly sustainable harvest.

There are also enough humans on this planet to have a sustainable harvest that doesent give us the right to kill them

That is a stupid analogy.

The vast majority of people believe that it is perfectly acceptable to eat animals and use animal products.

This particular non-endangered animal is being harvested at levels which will have no impact on the species.

Yourr equating Humans and Animals as being the same shows what the ultimate agenda really is.

NO_H8 NO_H8 11:02 am 06 Aug 12

bigfeet said :

this seems to be a perfectly sustainable harvest.

There are also enough humans on this planet to have a sustainable harvest that doesent give us the right to kill them

thebattwoman thebattwoman 10:58 am 06 Aug 12

According to Japan-based Elsa Nature Conservancy, who do not support the hunt in their own country, between 2000 and 2010, 15,454 dolphins have been caught in the drive hunts off the coast of Taiji. This figure included 4,936 striped dolphin, 4,326 bottlenose dolphin, 1,450 spotted, 3,207 Risso’s, 1,366 short-finned pilot whales, 83 false killer whales and 86 Pacific white-sided dolphins.

But it isn’t just about the dolphin killing, and whether they’re endangered or not. Sakae Hemmi of Elsa in Japan tests the dolphin meat sold in stores, and it is returning highly toxic for mercury and PCBs. Because dolphins/whales are large mammals, they accumulate higher elevations of toxin. Despite this, Hemmi says that the Japanese government, despite tests to the contrary conducted by several entities within their own country, insist the meat is safe to consume. At one point, they served it as a mandatory meal in school lunches. It was only after awareness was raised (such as via the event above), that a Japanese city mayor ordered it removed.

Of course then you have the issue of how the dolphins are killed, which for marine mammals with such high intelligence, is brutal and horrific. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3394803/Dolphin-bloodbath-exposed.html

VYBerlinaV8_is_back VYBerlinaV8_is_back 10:52 am 06 Aug 12

dtc said :

“annual mortality rates in Taiji and other Japanese coastal towns (where dolphin meat is consumed regularly) up to double what they are elsewhere”

This statement doesnt make sense. Mortality rate of what?

The people who live there. The dolphins don their landsuits and slink through the night, wraith-like, to select and silently bear their victims away to a watery grave.

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