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Petitioning Governor of Florida Rick Scott

End Florida's sister state relationship with Wakayama Prefecture, Japan

Like many Floridians, I am shocked and horrified by the cruelty of the annual dolphin drive hunts in the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Please cancel Florida's sister state relationship with Wakayama Prefecture until Taiji ends its dolphin drive hunts.  In Florida, we like to see our dolphins swimming wild and free in our harbors and offshore waters.  We do not harass them, capture them for entertainment purposes or butcher them for meat.  The overwhelming body of scientific evidence gathered over the past 60 years conclusively shows that dolphins are the second most intelligent creatures on Earth, after human beings.  They have language, dialects, cultures, name themselves and recognize themselves in a mirror.  They suffer even as we humans do.  Floridians do not support the brutal, cruel and lethal exploitation of dolphins for profit and do not support their capture for display in marine attractions.  We therefore respectfully ask you, as director of Florida's sister state program, to end our official relationship with Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, until such time as the prefecture government stops issuing permits for the annual dolphin drive hunt.  This will send a clear and unmistakable message to the Japanese public, who are largely unaware of the drive hunts, that this brutal treatment and exploitation of our marine cousins is intolerable and must cease as soon as possible.

Letter to
Governor of Florida Rick Scott
End Florida's sister state relationship with Wakayama Prefecture, Japan