Taiji’s Dolphin Slaughter Continues Through May


By Kirsten Massebeau

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The first post from Scott West in Taiji, via A Teen Age Activist ignited the whale and dolphin activists world wide. For the next two days Scott West of Sea Shepherds and Brian Barnes of Save Japan Dolphins released pictures and updates as a pod of intelligent, sensitive, pilot whales were brutally murdered in the blood cove. The fisherman of Taiji thought they would be able to carry out this crime against these defenseless beings without detection. They didn’t realize when they met at 4am prior to the slaughter that morning, that their every move would be recorded and reported to the world. During the next 48 hours A Teen Age Activist posted 43 times with breaking news as the murders hung the blue tarps of death, sharpened their knives, and then eventually lead mothers and fathers under the blue tarp for a violent death like no other.
On May 4, 2011 at 13:50 a picture of the pilot whales in a netted area was released. You can see them close up. The fear in their eyes came through so clearly. Posts on Facebook from activists reflected the love and concern for the pilot whales! To know that these gentle beings, with such expressive faces were to undergo a death beyond imagination was more than many could take. The entire community of dolphin and whale activists buzzed with anger, and an out pouring of love.
On May 4, 2011 at 15:03 the first bloody images posted to Facebook by Brian Barnes. What had seemed just a nightmare became a reality as evidenced by the blood flowing freely in the cove. Thanks to Scott West, Brian Barnes, and A Teen Age Activist “their dirty little secret” had been exposed to the world again. No longer could they carry out their sadistic, and cruel torture of dolphins without the eyes of the world watching.
As two horrific days unfolded Facebook was alive twenty four hours a day. Everyone wanted to know what do we do? Scott West, Brian Barnes, and Steven Thompson another activist in Japan encouraged the entire community to call the Japanese Embassies and ask them to spare the pregnant mothers and babies. The Sea Shepherds released a page with all of the Japanese Embassies listed. The calling began. Not every Japanese embassy was glad to hear from an activist. The San Francisco Public Relations officer of the Embassy make a pesimistic statement, “If you think your call can save those pilot whales you are mistaken. You are wasting your time”. On May 5, 2011 at 17:39 Scott West reported via A Teen Age Activist, “But for the public outcry, I am sure all of these whales would be dead. They may still die anyway without their parents and leaders, but thank you all for making the calls. -Scott. Their were 20 babies left. When the fisherman opened the nets the babies just huddled into a corner. Never once did they stop trying to look under the tarps to catch a glimpse of their mother or father who was long since dead.
Eventually the dolphin molesters opened the nets and drove the children out to sea. Their chances of survival are not good because they are babies without the skills to hunt, many of the babies not weened from mothers milk. Gratefully, they were not led one by one to under the blue tarps to their death. At last the blood cove was quiet.
The Cove in Taiji, Japan tucked away in a National Park and is a
Activists continue the fight to end the mass slaughter of dolphins in Taiji. The love expressed on Facebook for these gentle being was remarkable. Although the Cove Guardians, and Save Japan Dolphins are no longer in Taiji the battle to save dolphins and all cetaceans continue the fight. A Teen Age Activist encourages all activists to continue making phone calls to the Japanese Embassies, and to keep sending emails and letters to the Japanese Government asking them to stop murdering dolphins and whales.
Now that the watchful eyes of activists are off the blood cove the dolphin molesters can carry out their cruelty without interference. Now more than ever it is so important that we keep the momentum going. Please keep calling and writing. The dolphin molesters have a permit that allows them to continue killing through the month of May. They murdered 60 Pilot whales at the Cove, meaning 140 more pilot whales will lose their lives to the dolphin molesters (Fisherman’s Union F.U.)

 

START CALLING AND WRITING TODAY

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Contact the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC and urge them to stop killing dolphins and whales.  Be polite, and urge them to protect Japanese consumers from mercury poisoning from eating dangerous whale and dolphin meat.

Ambassador Ichiro FUJISAKI

2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20008

Phone:  202-238-6700

Fax: 202-328-2187

Japan Information and Culture Center

E-mail: jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp

Email the Prime Minister of Japan Nato Kan. Let him know you will not support Japan if they won’t stop murdering cetaceans. By Law the Japanese government must respond to all emails. This is a direct link to his comment page.

https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
Make Today A Day for all the Dolphins of Taiji, Please Call and Write Now. They need us!

Japan News for May 2011


By Kirsten Massebeau

The Pilot Whales Being Led to Their Death

Japan’s deceptive and dishonorable tactics to cover up their whaling activities have failed. Their  lies to the world are transparent, and in the long run will harm them more than they realize at a time when they need the world to see them in a positive light. Now again when we think of Japan, we only can see the cove, red with the blood of innocents.

On May 4th a pod of approximately 75 beautiful, intelligent pilot whales were driven into the blood cove in Taiji Japan. The whales watched and waited, for many hours as the Japanese hung the blue tarp they hide behind when they do their killing. You could see the pilot whales  in the netted enclosures nervously bobbing up and down. They knew the worst was yet to happen. Hours passed and eventually the killing began. The Japanese Fisherman led the adults under the tarps and then descended upon them with their crude knives and hooks. The red blood filled the cove. The pilot whales fought for their lives with all they had. They thrashed, and threw themselves onto the rocks, but the Japanese Fisherman are well trained torturers of cetaceans. The women and children listened, and tried to look under the tarps as the matriarch, their parents, and the rest of their adult community were slowly and  brutally murdered over a two day period. Many of the victims were dragged alive, with their spinal cords severed, all the way to the slaughter house, where the final end would come. For the next two days the remaining victims would swim in the red blood of their families without food, getting weaker and weaker, knowing that the future only held death for their pod.
This year the dolphin molesters of Taiji, and the Japanese government did their best to throw off activists with a media propaganda blitz.

On February 16, 2011, the Japanese cancelled their Antarctica campaign thanks to the Sea Shepherds who literally chased the Japanese out of the Antarctic. On February 26, 2011 Brian Barnes from Save Japan Dolphins confirmed the tarps had come down in the blood cove. It seemed the season had ended. On March 11, 2011 the tsunami stuck Japan. The Sea Shepherds Crew had just arrived in Otsuchi to document the horrific Dall’s porpoise hunt that takes place every year. They watched from a hill as the entire city was devastated.

In the days that followed Japan reached out to the world for help and the world responded with compassion. The tragedy that unfolded was beyond our imaginations. Many of us reached with donations, and words of  love and encouragement. We  hoped that the Japanese would finally listen to the world and stop killing cetaceans. How very wrong we were. There would be no compassion for whales and dolphins from the Japanese.
On April 26, 2011 three Japanese whaling ships left the ports of Kushiro and Hokkaido in their spring research whaling vessel. The permit given to the 30 member crew of the research vessel allows them to harpoon and kill 60 minke whales. The permit ends sometime in June. Their will be no compassion for the minke J stock as noted by Sue Fisher, “The pressure on vulnerable coastal whale populations continues in all three whaling countries. Whales in coastal waters face increasing threats from entanglement in fishing gear, habitat degradation and ship strikes.  Japan’s doubling of its take off Hokkaido is cause for concern, as it could have serious implications for the endangered J stock of Minke whales.”(Sue Fisher, WDSF, http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/whale-hunt011.html#cr

On May 2, 2011 the Wakayama government issued a permit to brutally murder 200 innocent pilot whales in the blood cove. On May 4, 2011 the news from the cove was immediate. Thanks to Brian Barnes of Save Japan Dolphins, and the Sea Shepherds Cove Guardian headed by Scott West the ugly and dark secrets of Taiji’s blood cove would be again seen by the world.


Video Provided by Save Japan’s Dolphins

As the horror unfolded dolphin and whale supporters networked worldwide. As the Japanese dolphin molesters led an entire community to their death we blogged and networked like never before. The internet buzzed with action. Petitions were signed, emails sent, and phone calls to the embassies made. When I personally called the Japanese Embassy in San Francisco the young man I spoke with said, “If you think calling the embassies is going to help save those pilot whales you are mistaken. You are wasting your time”. I let him know that we would continue calling until we did make a difference!!

Interestingly, in the midst of the murders in the blood cove a fellow dolphin supporter shared and article from the travel site “Inside Japan”. The article posted was, “Taiji coastal whaling season cancelled”.

“A controversial coastal whale hunting season in Wakayama Prefecture has been cancelled, much to the delight of Japanese animal rights protesters.”

Was this article just written by chance in hopes that tourists with objections to the yearly dolphin massacre that takes the lives of 1000’s, would spoil their tourist season. Did this travel agency want to hide the truth? Or did the Japanese government release this to throw off activists?
Let “Inside Japan” know that when their post went out a genocide of pilot whales was taking place!  Let them know your travel dollars won’t be going to Japan until the killing stops.

Eventually the dolphin molesters opened the nets for some of the juveniles, or rather children. The poor babies just stayed huddled in a corner of the net, swimming in the water red  with the blood of their families, anxiously looking towards the tarps for a glimpse of their mother or father. The Japanese attempted to drive them out to sea using their banger boats late in the afternoon. Their survival is not probable as they were all babies. The Matriarch that led them was dead, their parent were dead. They are now alone in a sea without their families who provided them with food, guidance, directions, all the things we need as humans. The pilot whale children stay with their parents for their entire lives. They are at the same growth rate as humans. How could the Japanese dolphin molesters expect them expect to make it?

We will never know if the nets were opened in response to all of our calls but because there might be a chance we need to call again and again, and yes, again.

Here is a list of Japanese Embassies. Please start calling the embassy closest to you Monday morning at 9am. A phone call is nothing compared to the horror we witnessed this week.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Contact the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC and urge them to stop killing dolphins and whales.  Be polite, and urge them to protect Japanese consumers from mercury poisoning from eating dangerous whale and dolphin meat.

Ambassador Ichiro FUJISAKI

2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20008

Phone:  202-238-6700

Fax: 202-328-2187

Japan Information and Culture Center

E-mail: jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp

Email the Prime Minister of Japan Nato Kan. Let him know you will not support Japan if they won’t stop murdering cetaceans. By Law the Japanese government must respond to all emails. This is a direct link to his comment page.

https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html

Please Support the Sea Shepherds, The Cove Guardians, Save Japan Dolphins, and Wdsf/Prowal.

These groups are making a difference and if we take action we too can make things happen by joining our voices and letting the 26 dolphin molesters, and the 30 “research” whale molesters know the world has had enough of their tradition!! It is time for the senseless killing to stop. It is time for the cove to be a place of peace, not death.

Taiji dolphin Hunt 2011 May 6


May 2011 is not going to be a good month for the beautiful and intelligent pilot whales of Japan. On May 4th 75 helpless pilot whales were driven into the cove. For two days activists have followed the sad news  brought to us by the Cove Guardians. Brian Barnes, Scott West, and his daughter Alora, known to many of us as, “A Teenage Activist” kept the Facebook Community up to date. Most of us have been waiting, and checking minute by minute for updates on the pilot whale massacre. As the horrific slaughter unfolded many of us networked feverishly to spread the word that the blood cove was up and running. Ironically The Japanese news site, “Inside Japan”, published and article On May 4th, “Taiji Coastal Whaling Season Cancelled”. The article goes onto say that for the first time in 23 years the hunt has been cancelled. That article came out hours after the pilot whales had been driven into the cove. They had already been trapped in the netted areas. Scott West’s pictures show them huddled together, bobbing up and down anxiously watching the dolphin molesters as they set up their tarps.
The blood cove is well named as pictured in the past two days. The water bright red. The pilot whales watched as their parents, aunts and uncles, entire community was lead in groups of six behind the tarps. The pilot whales could be seen nervously swimming in the bloody water. The dolphin molesters dragged the paralyzed, dying whales up a boat ramp to their house of horrors.
The remaining whales were forced to spend the entire night waiting to be led behind the tarp. Scott West released a picture this morning of a dead baby being lifted out of netted enclosure. He simply could not make it. The day went on with more terrible killing. The teen age activist, and Scott West  have kept us updated  all day thanks to  Scott West’s on the scene reporting. Many of us are bloggers and have tried to post action alerts as the situation changed. The Teen Age Activist posted a list of embassies. This morning the phone calls went out. Into the afternoon we were all updated. The dolphin molesters had opened some of the nets. They were not going to massacre the juveniles or rather children. The children waited in the nets confused. How could they leave their loved ones behind? How will they survive? According to the Cove Guardians their chances are not good. Imagine a 5 year old shoved out into the street after watching his parents brutally murdered. How would they survive? The final entry tonight, “he whales have broken into groups. The banger boats are having trouble moving them out to sea.”(A Teen Age Activist, FB, May 5, 2011).
As we mourned the murdered pilot whales, the loss of their pod and culture more bad news came in. The Manichi Daily News released the news that the dolphin hunt has been extended through May 31, 2011,
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110506p2g00m0dm002000c.html . This article describes the death of this beautiful pod only in their worth on the market, “With the permission of the Wakayama prefectural government, local fisherman caught about 60 long-finned pilot whales, a member of the dolphin family, on Wednesday and auctioned them off on Thursday morning.” The article also gives us a number, 200 pilot whales slated for death. The entire month of May the cove will run red with the blood of innocents.

For two days we have watched a pod, community of gentle sentient beings, who have a culture and dialect coldly and brutally violated. The photos were reminicint of the pictures we see of Auschwitz. You can’t help but think of the gas chambers the Nazi’s sent the Jews into when you see the blue tarps with the blood flowing from underneath them. The pilot whales were literally lined up and then led to their deaths.

In the past two days I have posted ways to take action in my posts on this tragic event.  Tonight I am adding yet another link I on a wonderful posted by Lincoln and Ric O’Barry,

 http://savejapandolphins.org/blog/post/a-new-slaughter-of-pilot-whales-in-taiji

“The government of Japan should immediately pass laws to protect dolphins, porpoises and whales in their waters.  By doing so, they would be sending the world a message of compassion.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Contact the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC and urge them to stop killing dolphins and whales.  Be polite, and urge them to protect Japanese consumers from mercury poisoning from eating dangerous whale and dolphin meat.”

Ambassador Ichiro FUJISAKI

2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20008

Phone:  202-238-6700

Fax: 202-328-2187

Japan Information and Culture Center

E-mail: jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp

Please Support the Sea Shepherds, The Cove Guardians, Ric and Lincoln O’Barry and Wdsf/Prowal

These groups are making a difference and if we take action we too can make things happen by joining our voices and letting the Japanese 26 Japanese fisherman  know 23 years of terror is long enough. It is time for the cove to be a place of peace again, not death. 

Action Alert!! Dishonorable Taiji Dolphin Molesters drive 75 Pilot Whales into The Cove For Massacre


Red Ocean
 May 4th 2011 The Cove Will Fill With The Blood of Innocents

Springtime is upon us! Where ever we look there is new life. Spring brings most of us hope but not for the dolphins of Japan. This morning the Japanese drove 75 Pilot Whales into the Cove. You can only imagine the fear these sentient beings must be feeling as they wait for the knives of the dishonorable Japanese Fishserman. Much like the victims of Auschwitz they must wait, and watch as their murders sharpen their knives and prepare for the massacre of these defenseless beings. They will begin the slaughter in 10 hours. The tarps are being spread for the massacre of an entire community of pilot whales. Mothers,babies, pregnant mothers, the Japanese just don’t care. Their lust for dolphin and whale meat is insatiable. Their capacity for cruelty endless.
Dolphin Slaughter
A Japanese Murderer at Work
We cannot look away from this mass murder! The supporters of dolphins, and whales are growing everyday. We can stop this thing but we must take action! We need to deliver a strong message to the corrupt Japanese Government.

Follow the Link below and tell Prime Minister Nato Kan the Japanese must stop killing and capturing dolphins. Let him know that until the killing stops we will boycott all things Japanese, we will not support or help them in anyway until they stop the mass murder of the people of the sea.

https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html

           
We Must Never Stop fighting to Save Our Friends of The Sea