For the first time this season, the ruthless fishermen of Taiji, Japan have driven bottlenose dolphins into the Cove. There are presently fifty-two dolphins behind two net enclosures in the Cove.
It does not look good. Earlier this morning, the fishermen moved the "gutting barge" into position, and the trainers have already moved in to select the ones they want for the aquarium slave trade.
We fear that the remainder--males, females, adults, juveniles, and babies--will be slaughtered within hours.
We need to make the Japanese government aware each and every time this atrocity occurs. We need to ask why they are letting this small town humiliate the entire nation of Japan with this barbaric practice that has no place in the 21st Century?
Please contact your local Japanese consulate or embassy and let them know that the eyes of the world are upon them, and we will never turn our eyes away until this senseless and despicable slaughter is ended. They need to get their sociopathic dolphin-serial-killing thugs under control.
And we need to remember that it is the practice of displaying dolphins at marine aquariums around the world that is the foundation of these killings. The oceanariums make their money from the dolphin slave trade, and the fishermen of Taiji seem to enjoy the killing of the ones that remain.
Taiji is a town without pity and will forever be linked in the international public mind as a place of horror, mercilessness, and destruction of life.
Ironically, at this very moment in Nagoya, the Japanese government is hosting the Biodiversity Conference. NGO's and governments from around the world are in attendance, and yet not one word from any of them for the dolphins. Where are you, Greenpeace? Where are you, World Wide Fund for Nature? Where are you, Conservation International? Where are you, Pew Conservation Trust? Where are you, International Fund for Animal Welfare? Where are you, World Society for the Protection of Animals? Where the hell are any of these groups that preach and raise money off of marine conservation but say nothing and do nothing about the horrific slaughter of dolphins and the destruction of marine biodiversity by these thugs in Taiji?
The Academy Award winning film, The Cove, has removed any pretence of ignorance from the public. All those who fail to speak up now are the willfully ignorant.
Within a few hours, the Cove will run red with blood once again, and the pathetic screams of dying dolphins will fill the air as the butchers stab and hack, slash and laugh in the face of all that is decent. My friends, when we look into the faces of the killers of Taiji, we are looking into the faces of unadulterated evil, where mercy and kindness, compassion, and wisdom have long since departed.
We must stop them, for we can never rest until we do.
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