|Wednesday, October 10, 2007|
Dolphin Campaign Scores a Hit with Time MagazineCommentary by Paul Watson
Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Toxic Lunch Campaign to expose the horrific Japanese dolphin slaughter is making progress. The campaign, led by Allison Lance and Danielle Thompson, began on September 25, 2007 in Tokyo. They have been leafleting in Tokyo and taking their message to the Japanese Ministry of Health. The campaign, supported by Sea Shepherd Director and actress Persia White, has been picking away at the wall of Japanese censorship brick by brick, and it is making headway. Soon the hole will be widened enough that the Emperor himself will be able to peer inside and see how Japanese children are being slowly poisoned by being fed toxic dolphin meat containing dangerously high levels of methyl mercury.
Many Japanese business people and tourists will see this week's issue of Time magazine and ask themselves why they have to find out about this horrific scandal from foreign publications. How much longer can the Japanese media continue to ignore this story? How can any Japanese journalist live with the shame of doing nothing about this bloody activity that is taking place on Japanese beaches, Japanese bays running red with the hot blood of dolphins, and Japanese children being deliberately poisoned by their own government? Has Japanese journalism become so shallow that only government-sanctioned trivia can be reported as news, or are they restricted to reporting on scandals and violence only in other countries?
The failure of the Japanese media to inform the nation about the dolphin death drives and the poisoning of Japanese children is a disgrace to Japanese journalism and makes us wonder how they can even call themselves journalists. They should be called public relations lackeys for Tokyo, because that is what they are.