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Japan Dolphins Day comes to Canberra

By johnboy - 5 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

What’s Your opinion?


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Japan Dolphins Day comes to Canberra
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

p1 10:38 am 06 Aug 12

mobrock said :

Great that Canberra is taking part in a worldwide effort to stop the killing of entire pods of dolphins, day after day, over a six-month period.

After the first day, they can’t really kill the entire pod again, can they?

Mysteryman 10:38 am 06 Aug 12

mobrock said :

Great that Canberra is taking part in a worldwide effort to stop the killing of entire pods of dolphins, day after day, over a six-month period. The driving of dolphins is accomplished by means of loud noise by multiple boats, driving them into a small cove from which the dolphins cannot escape.

Is that supposed to make it worse than any other form of hunting?

mobrock 10:17 am 06 Aug 12

Great that Canberra is taking part in a worldwide effort to stop the killing of entire pods of dolphins, day after day, over a six-month period. The driving of dolphins is accomplished by means of loud noise by multiple boats, driving them into a small cove from which the dolphins cannot escape.

There are certainly many issues that merit our attention, but to those who don’t understand dolphin drive hunts or dolphin captivity, you might want to watch the movie The Cove or A Fall from Freedom, the latter of which you can stream live for free at http://afallfromfreedom.org/

Mysteryman 10:07 am 06 Aug 12

urchin said :

i’m confused… how is this any different from fishing/hunting/killing any other animal for human consumption? given that a very large segment of australia’s economy is comprised of raising animals for slaughter (and–oh the irony–exporting them to japan…) doesn’t this seem just a little bit hypocritical?

Thank God this thread started out with some common sense. I am getting a little tired of people in this country (although not exclusively this one) thinking they have a right demand other sovereign nations behave how we want them to.

dtc 9:53 am 06 Aug 12

“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?

I also look forward to the greenpeace protest against the annual tailor slaughter on Fraser Island

bigfeet 10:22 pm 05 Aug 12

The conservation status of most types of dolphin are listed as ‘least concern’ by The International Union for Conservation of Nature, the worldwide recognized body for conservation listing.

Also in this category are such animals as pigeons, cane toads and eastern grey kangaroos.

Provided it is these types, and not a more endangered type, that is being hunted, then, on the face of it, this seems to be a perfectly sustainable harvest.

Jivrashia 5:58 pm 05 Aug 12

urchin said :

doesn’t this seem just a little bit hypocritical?

I believe you have lost the plot.
Intelligent mammals should be protected.

As we work our way through scientific intelligence assessment of all the other mammals we will soon determine, for example, that sheep, cows, and pigs are intelligent and no longer suitable to be on our plate.

Watch this space as we systematically label every being as intelligent, even parasites, and Greenpeace activist, and are no longer worthy to be slaughter.

urchin 10:59 am 05 Aug 12

i’m confused… how is this any different from fishing/hunting/killing any other animal for human consumption? given that a very large segment of australia’s economy is comprised of raising animals for slaughter (and–oh the irony–exporting them to japan…) doesn’t this seem just a little bit hypocritical?

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