By Kirsten Massebeau
I visited the Sea Shepherd website for update on the dolphin, whale slaughter in Taiji. The Cove Guardians are so brave. Each day they have had to watch hundreds of dolphins murdered, and multiple captures for display. Babies watch as their mothers and fathers are hacked to death. They are then taken for captive display where they are drugged, electrocuted and beaten by their trainers. My heart cries out for the dolphin pods that are hacked to death by the dishonorable Taiji Fisherman. When will the Naoto Kan stop the senseless killing. At one time man didn’t realize how intelligent and gentle whales, dolphins, and porpoises are. Not to mention they are sonic beings that need to be in open waters to communicate and thrive. Tell Naoto Kan to bring honor back to Japan
by ending massacre of Dolphins in Taiji. Show the world Japan is not a backward country but evolved and civilized. Follow the link below and leave your message for Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Each message sent must be logged by Japanese government and an answer sent out so every comment counts!
I was moved to write this short piece after reading the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians blog. They are so strong to be able to watch what is occurring in Taiji right now as I write this on February 20, 2011. I can’t imagine going to sleep knowing that in the morning you might have to watch 100’s of dolphins, their babies, and children brutally murdered by the cold-hearted Japanese Fisherman of Taiji. Please read their blog and support them anyway you can.
By Kirsten Johnson
The pilot whale is the most gentle and trusting of the Cetaceans and yet the Faeroe Islanders slaughter these gentle souls by the 100’s. Each summer pilot whale migrate past the Faroe Islands. The unlucky pods are spotted and then driven into shallow coves where the local people slaughter the whales. “Grindadráp” is the name used for this traditional killing. This is not commercial whaling, in fact they are non-commercial and are organized on a community level; anyone can participate. The hunters first surround the pilot whales with a wide semicircle of boats. The boats then drive the pilot whales slowly into a bay or to the bottom of a fjord. Once the whales are stranded the men rush into the water, secure the whales by putting a large hook in their sensitive blow holes and then begin the killing.
Don’t the Faeroe Islanders realize this is 2011. Today the meat is known to be toxic, and unhealthy for the entire community. In addition, cetaceans are very intelligent creatures, with complex social families and systems of communication.
We must urge the Faorese government that it is in their best interests to end the “grindadráp”.
Contact The Prime Minister of The Faroe Islands Office and the Faroes Board of Tourism. Urge them to stop killing pilot whales before it is too late. Remind them that the meat is tainted with mercury. Let them know that we you will boycott travel to the Faroe Islands. In addition, boycott all cold water seafood and products originating from the Faroes until they stop killing, and selling the flesh of cetaceans.
Minister Prime Kaj Leo Johannesen
p.o. box 64
The Faroe Islands Board of Tourism
P.O box 118
Fo 110 Tórshavn
Tel +298 306100
Fax +298 306105
Please take the time to email, call, or even write a hand written letter. It will take more time as The Faroe Government does not have easy contact information. We know that is a way to silence our comments, so let’s take the extra time.
If you wish to write to the Danish Prime Minister’s Office, we suggest that you send an e-mail to the main e-mail address;firstname.lastname@example.org. Your mail will then be forwarded to the relevant area or employee.
You can also write to our postal address, which is:
The Prime Minister’s Office
Prins Jørgens Gård 11
1218 Copenhagen K
It is hard to feel proud to be human after watching such terrible footage. My heart cries out for the families of the dolphins killed in Taiji. These very intelligent sonic creatures deserve so much more from man. These are creatures that travel the worlds oceans in complex family pods communicating for hundreds of miles. They are self aware much like humans. Why the Japanese cannot appreciate, and leave alone the dolphins in the wild is mind boggling.The Japanese fisherman of Taiji and all of their supporters put great shame on Japan by continuing a barbaric and cruel practice.
Ask Prime Minister Naoto Kan to stop the dolphin slaughter in Taiji.today. Let him know we will boycott all things Japanese until they stop the senseless slaughter of the Taiji Dolphins. Let him know that eco-tourism is the answer not murder and captivity.
Just a minute of time can make a difference. One voice may not be listened to, but if many voices, continue to voice their opposition eventually the Japanese must give into the modern world and stop their barbaric practices of killing cetaceans, the gentle people of the sea.
By Kirsten Massebeau