Taiji

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Now, we just need to un-harden the hearts of those who cause the most destruction. Whether it's government officials, poachers, murderers, or industry types, we need to find a way to get through to them, and show them that saving lives, protecting lives, is worth so much more than what they do.
Japan remains unmoved. Powerful rural legislators have joined with the Japan Fisheries Agency, the fishing industry and fishermen's unions in opposing any end to whaling and dolphin hunting.
Fourteen years ago when Dolphin Project first stepped foot onto the shores of The Cove, I committed to exposing the brutal slaughter that takes place there every year. And I haven't stopped since.
My life has been dedicated to defending dolphins around the world, especially in Japan. For people to criticize me and Sea Shepherd for not doing enough is insulting.
So why was this lawsuit victory important for the dolphins? This was the first ever lawsuit involved in the Taiji dolphin slaughter to attack the culprits. And it was successful.
As depicted in the Academy Award-winning documentary, The Cove, the annual dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, have just ended after another six-month long season, although harpooning of pilot whales will continue offshore for several more months.
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"I, I wish you could swim/Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim."
The recently published encyclical has some astonishing statements. While I differ with the Vatican on a number of issues, I cannot diminish the incredible stand the new Pope has taken on issues of global injustice, the environment, animal welfare and poverty.
"The dolphins go through a horrific selection process. They have to be separated from their families. The dolphins resist
Are bottlenose populations being depleted by the Taiji hunts? Possibly. Bottlenose dolphins are a widespread species around the world, but they don't exist in large dense populations, unlike some other dolphin species.
Current year's Eid al-Adha calls for a conversation among Muslims and all global citizens. We intend to prompt the global conscientiousness regarding the need to help the needy as well as confront those committing crimes against their fellow man and our shared earth.
Ifthe Taiji Whale Museum and the international aquarium industry stopped paying dolphin hunters enormous amounts of money for captive dolphins, that the Taiji slaughter would collapse, as the market for dolphin meat continues to decline.
We have known for years that orcas are not appropriate for captivity. These magnificent ocean dwellers are too large, too social, too intelligent, and too wide-roaming to be kept in small concrete tanks.
As shown in the film Blackfish, training dolphins can leave you with a broken heart; first drawn in by the desire to be close to these charismatic animals, every trainer soon learns the dark underside of the dolphin trade and subsequently either make their peace with the miserable truth, or walk away.
The Japanese government has no excuse for these cruel and needless slaughters. Japan is badly damaging its international standing and support around the world. Even in Japan, the vast majority of Japanese do not eat dolphin or whale meat and have no interest in it.
The Japanese in 2010 announced a "new killing method." It involves destroying the spinal cord with repeated insertion of a metal rod. Even on paper, the "new killing method" makes no attempt to damage the brain, which would at least end consciousness.
Ambassador Kennedy was right to raise the issue, controversial or not. Open dissent and debate is exactly what Japan needs more of now, not less.