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BBC - Take a Crew to Taiji!
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Ambassador, Japanese Embassy in the United States
Ichiro Fujisaki
Ambassador, Japanese Embassy in the United Kingdom
Keiichi Hayashi
Editor, BBC News Online
Steve Herrmann
Editor, BBC News 24
Mark Popescu
BBC TV News
Peter Barron
BBC TV News
Peter Horrocks
Director, BBC News
Helen Boaden (Director, BBC News)

BBC - Take a Crew to Taiji!

    1. The Dolphin Save Misty
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      The Dolphin Save Misty

      Taiji, Japan

UPDATE: On October 31, 2012, in Taiji, Japan, 15 pilot whales were slaughtered and butchered, including a baby who apparently drowned in the fishing nets. Today 89-90 pilot whales find themselves exposed to the same fate, unless someone - including the media - can shed enough light to save them.

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We have as little as seven hours to act to save 100-120 pilot whales and the people who will eat them. BBC - media coverage is needed to stop this atrocity.

The Fishermen's Union (FU) of Taiji, Japan, has once again herded a pod of 100-120 pilot whales into a "killing cove." As night passes in Taiji, the rest of the word could act to save them. But will the world, or even the villagers of Taiji, ever know? While most of the people of Japan are unaware of this slaughter, the mainstream media could act to save not only whales, but the people of Japan.


CNN reported a similar story in September, when the FU trapped 80-100 pilot whales, about half of whom were slaughtered and butchered and sold at market for human consumption, the rest of whom were released after multiple days of being held. This media coverage may or may not have impacted the decision to release half the pod. But the media should be on the ground, reporting this, so that whales and people are spared.

The horror - and don't be mistaken, this is a horror - impacts not only the pilot whales who will lose their lives. The local citizens of Taiji, and those anywhere that the flesh of the slaughtered whales is shipped and consumed, will unwittingly be exposed to potentially toxic levels of mercury.

Pilot whale and dolphin meat has been demonstrated to have mercury above safe health-based levels, but most Japanese citizens who purchase this whale and dolphin meat are unaware of the dangers. Mercury - in particular methylmercury, the form found in fish - is a neurotoxin with both immediate and chronic impacts. Children exposed to methylmercury in the womb show impairments to cognitive thinking, memory, attention, language, and fine motor and visual spatial skills. In previous outbreaks of mercury toxicity, some mothers with no symptoms of nervous system damage gave birth to infants with severe disabilities.

BBC - please shine a light on this atrocity right now, before the slaughter begins in as early as seven hours.

Photo courtesy of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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    • caroline gonot SAVIGNY SUR CLAIRIS, VA
      • 4 months ago

      DOLPHINS AND WHALES PROTECTION

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      • 5 months ago

      Its our world and one

      ly World!

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    • Joanne Bailie EL CAJON, CA
      • 8 months ago

      We need to stop the slaughter of animals.No matter what it takes!

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    • Eloi Rebes SPAIN
      • 8 months ago

      save the planet! save the dolphins!

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    • Eleanor Labrozzi SHELTER ISLAND HEIGHTS, NY
      • 8 months ago

      All life should be treated with equality!! Peace!

      "Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

      — Martin Luther King Jr.

      "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." Martin Luther King Jr.

      "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

      — Martin Luther King Jr.

      SCIENCE MAY HAVE FOUND A CURE FOR MOST EVILS : BUT IT HAS NOT FOUND A REMEDY FOR THE WORST OF THEM ALL- THE APATHY OF HUMAN BEINGS!

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