2020 a terrible year for the world, has continued to be horrific for cetaceans migrating along the Kuroshio current past Taiji, Japan. December a bloody month in Taiji would end the year with a female minke whale trapped in set nets owned by the cruel dolphin hunters of Taiji, OSANA fisheries. For 12 days the whale has circled, dove deep and fought for a way out of her terrible prison. Unlike other counties, and other areas of Japan, that rush to rescue whales from nets, that has not been the case in Taiji, Japan. She has been left to suffer, slowly starving to death.
Ren Nabuki of LIA has fought to free the whale, arguing with the dolphin hunters who have simply refused to release her. As evidenced during 2020 and years passed they simply lack empathy of any kind. While this female whale has been left to die this year the hunters have demonstrated a new voracity for cruelty with dolphins as the pods of dolphins have become more depleted with each new year. Barbara Napoles of Save the Blood Dolphins has often said, “They won’t stop until they have killed or captured every dolphin.” Undoubtedly this includes any whale misfortunate enough to wander too close to Taiji.
UPDATE 1/11/21 Japan time:
The dolphin killers have slaughtered the juvenile minke they have had trapped in the nets since the end of December. They went out early this morning and slaughtered her at sea.
The propensity of the dolphin killers for cruelty is a constant of the Osana dolphin hunters that run the town of Taiji. It is a terrible place that will always represent cruelty towards dolphins and other ocean beings. These men do not show respect for the ocean and her children. It is for that the world will remember the monsters of Taiji.
Ripped from his family 35 years ago Tilikum the star of the film “Blackfish” has been diagnosed with a deadly respiratory infection that cannot be cured. SeaWorld continues to update the public trying to convince the world that “they care” but in reality all SeaWorld saw in Tilikum was a river of golden sperm that would further their breeding program. Through constant sexual abuse SeaWorld employees collected sperm artificially inseminating female whales, producing 21 calves within the SeaWorld prison system. Those baby orcas, were then ripped from their mothers sides, and shipped to other SeaWorld’s where they too must perform to eat. Many have died or become aggressive, never knowing a true family or the rhythms of the sea, their true home. They are a generation of slaves born into the SeaWorld prisons.
Despite the backlash from the film “Blackfish” documenting the death of Dawn Brancheau, the trainer killed by Tilikum, SeaWorld has made no positive changes for Tilikum or any of the orcas languishing at their many facilities in the United States and abroad.
Tilikum will never know the impact he has made on the captive industry. His story, supported by objective data, details a cruel environment that destroyed an orcas mind and spirit, who was kidnapped at the age of two destined to live out a life of torture, and terror for 35 years, killing three humans beings along the way. His message was loud and clear but SeaWorld and the captive industry would never listen. Now his only escape is death as he dreams of the Icelandic ocean, the rhythms of the sea, and the family he will never see.
As Tilikum’s condition continues to deteriorate dolphin activist communities and scientists are pledging that they will increase the pressure on the cetacean prison camps and all dolphinariums worldwide. It’s time to empty the tanks and give dolphins and whales the retirement and restitution owed to them by the captive industry which is a failed experiment in every way as evidenced by the tragic life of Tilikum.