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Taiji Cruelty: Activists Target Japanese Slaughter of Dolphins; Defensive Officials Say You Can Pet Them Before You Eat Them

December 2, 2013
Common Dreams

Common Dreams

Source Common Dreams
By Abby Zimet

Japan has restarted its annual, brutal killing of dolphins in Taiji, but thanks in part to the film The Cove – which sparked international opposition and reportedly helped reduce demand for the once-popular, now-mercury-infused dolphin meat by two-thirds – activists are waging an increasingly visible battle against the slaughter. In addition to protests, petitions, observers, flash mobs, Tweetstorms, Facebook pages and home-grown groups like Flippers Japan, Anonymous says it has hacked 22 Japanese government sites and will launch #OpKillingBay next week to protest the “shameful” hunt. And in what has been dubbed “the most barbarous bit of mixed messaging” in response to the “unfavorable circumstances,” defensive Taiji officials say they will create a petting zoo and theme park where people can swim with the dolphins before then eating them at the cafe – once, that is, they have been driven in helpless pods into traps, where they are killed by driving a spike through the spine at the base of their neck. Ah, capitalism.

“In the summer, swimmers can enjoy watching the mammals that are released from a partitioned-off space…This is part of Taiji’s long-term plan of making the whole town a park, where you can enjoy watching marine mammals while tasting various marine products, including whale and dolphin meat.” – town official Masaki Wada.

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dear humans,
we were born to swim the seas,
not for you do to with us,
as you please.
the water is our domain,
here we were born
to be.
your behaviors cruel and
shame on you in-humanity.

the cetacean nation!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

12 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2013 1:22 pm

    dear humans,
    we were born to swim the seas,
    not for you do to with us,
    as you please.
    the water is our domain,
    here we were born
    to be.
    your behaviors cruel and
    shame on you in-humanity.

    the cetacean nation!


  2. December 2, 2013 5:10 pm

    I’ll have to check out “The Cove” – sounds like a good movie. 🙂


  3. narhvalur permalink
    December 2, 2013 10:28 pm

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  4. December 2, 2013 11:33 pm

    “Thank you so much for “Anonymous says it has hacked 22 Japanese government sites” There is hope to save these Dolphins from this insane nightmare… I mean, OMG, Pet them before they eat them, these people are from some sinister alternate universe..send these monster’s, “To the Moon Alice, to the Moon”


  5. December 8, 2013 1:48 am

    To suggest to people that they can pet the dolphins and get to know them before eating them is nothing short of evil. I had already heard much about the film, “The Cove.” I had seen a brief video of the slaughter, and thought I was going to suffer a heart attack. It horrified me so badly, I had to remind myself to breathe. I cannot watch this film. A friend of mine watched it and told me the screaming of the dolphins was something he could not get out of his mind. These Japanese officials of this town have reached a whole new level of depravity. I can only pray that there are decent people who will do what is right and see that these people are soon out of a job!


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