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Dear Ambassadors and Consulates,

I am shocked to learn of the malicious slaughter that continues to occur in Taiji, Japan. Each year, in a secluded and protected cove, greater than 23,000 porpoises, dolphins, whales, and their young, are brutally massacred in unpublished and concealed manners. Indeed, until a courageously dedicated group of activists secretively gained access to this yearly butchery, the world remained unknowing, with Japan’s own populace largely oblivious to the slaughter that stained its shores with the blood of innocent, sentient animals. After universal exposure, however, Taiji became the focus of campaigns to implore the discontinuation of such savagery. It comes with great disturbance that I write today, learning that the massacre continues, causing the butchery of whales and their calves along with bottlenose dolphins, previously promised liberation but targeted and slaughtered instead.

Please allow me to elaborate. This massacre involves manipulating the animals’ destination by forcing them together and into a cove, an area from which they are unable to escape. Once imprisoned in the cove, they are viciously attacked, causing blatant torment and prolonged suffering. This “event” is promoted as a cultural tradition, a celebration of heritage and spirit, but mitigating words and euphemistic descriptions cannot conceal the inherently barbaric nature of this hunt. Any celebration built on a foundation of extreme animal cruelty, exploitation, and suffering cannot be justified as an expression of historical pride; indeed, condemning whales and dolphins, or any other animals, to a torturous “ceremony” is indefensible. Commemorating cultural history is admirable, yet subjecting innocent creatures to such primitive rituals only demonstrates Japan as a seemingly apathetic and unprincipled society, especially given the relative short time period this has been happening, since 1933, barely a dent in Japan’s long-standing and extensive history. Indeed, while this hunt is not justified traditionally, economically, or ecologically, establishing only materialistic greed as motive, it is additionally significant to illustrate these actions as evidence of arrogance, indifference, and a gross disrespect of international law. In fact, in a disturbing display of political manipulation, unscrupulous IWC appointees, taking advantage of previous administration decisions, are secretly involved in expanding, not limiting, Japan’s illegal whale trade, further damaging your reputation.

Furthermore, it is my understanding that, despite critical evidence establishing the toxicity of dolphin meat, and the subsequent discontinuation of allowing it in school meals, the Taiji mayor supports the sale of thousands of tons of dolphin meat; this meat is sold as “scientific whale” meat and its mercury content exceeds the Japanese threshold of what is legally allowed. You are no doubt familiar with the history of mercury toxicity in unsuspecting Japanese citizens, causing irreparable, life-long health damage as well as death. The inhumane treatment of animals extends to humans as well, and such egregious actions are unacceptable.

As such, I respectfully request that Japan immediately cease this indefensible hunt. Additionally, with the continual distribution and showing of the documentary “The Cove” and subsequent generated interest and shock, it is important to recognize that the global community will be intolerant of the depths of cruelty sanctioned by Japan, and it will continue to demand relief on behalf of our sentient friends. Animals, like humans, are capable of fear, love, pain, and suffering; humans have the obligation and the capacity for empathy, and we must utilize our gifts to protect them, not apathetically condemn them to potentially criminal and decidedly insufferable acts. Taiji’s disregard and exploitation of this vulnerable group of beings is unacceptable and the international witnesses will collectively voice censure of Taiji resulting in Japan’s sacrifice of vital tourism and commerce profits. Consequently it would be financially irresponsible and socially unethical for Japan to be associated with such a scorned city’s maligned ritual. Therefore, please act in a compassionate and respectful manner and command Taiji to stop this hunt against innocent animals.

I understand your time is limited and I want to thank you for your consideration of this urgent matter.


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