Report by Captain Paul Watson
Hi, this is Captain Paul Watson onboard the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin in Australia. I just received a phone call from Scott West in Taiji, Japan.
It appears there is no respite for the defenseless dolphins driven into the Cove at Taiji this Thanksgiving weekend.
Some 25 dolphins were driven into the bay, confused and disoriented by fishermen banging pipes in the sea. The marine mammals were forced into the Cove and a net was closed behind them.
The killers began to move in with gutting knives and spears. The afternoon air has been shattered by the pitiful screams of dolphins being mortally wounded.
The thugs of Taiji have once again brought shame to the nation of Japan with their cruel and remorseless killing of these highly intelligent, socially complex sentient beings.
The world is sickened by this slaughter, yet Japan continues the atrocities uncaring of world opinion.
We must continue to call Japanese consulates and embassies. We must not let them think our outrage will go away.
The Cove Guardians on the ground are doing what they can to keep us aware of the horrors at Taiji. 17-year-old Elora West has spent nearly three months documenting the crimes of the Taiji butchers. And it is just as important for everyone who can do so to call the Japanese embassies and consulates to keep this campaign alive. Remember they have to log every protest call you make.
The dolphins need your help so please call today and say no to the slaughter of dolphins at Taiji
WRITE: Send a letter, e-mail, and/or fax to the Prime Minister of Japan, the Minister of Fisheries, your local embassy or consulate and other Japanese officials to let them know that this barbaric slaughter is unacceptable.
PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN
Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
Online comment form #1: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
Online comment form #2: https://form.cao.go.jp/kokusai/en_opinion-0001.html
MINISTER OF FISHERIES
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8950 JAPAN
Contact form: https://www.contact.maff.go.jp/maff/form/114e.html
EMBASSY OF JAPAN IN WASHINGTON D.C.
Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki
2520 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington D.C. 20008-2869
Tel: (202) 238-6700
Fax: (202) 328-2187