Close Taiji, the bay of death #StopDolphinsSlaughter
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SLAUGHTERED FOR FOOD, CAPTURED AND SOLD FOR LIVE SHOWS: THIS IS THE AWFUL DESTINY RESERVED EVERY YEAR TO HUNDREDS OF DOLPHINS AND OTHER CETACEANS IN THE BAY OF TAIJI
The terrifying slaughter of thousands of dolphins and other small cetaceans in the bay of death, in Taiji, a small city in the south of Japan, does not stop. The massacre lasts six months, from September to March.
The dolphins are herded into the narrow cove, by the noise caused by hundreds of boats, falling into a trap. This sad and bloody "tradition", as Japanese define it, begins and the waters become increasingly blood red and these wonderful creatures are slaughtered for human consumption or captured for sale and to enrich the business of marine parks and dolphinaria. within which they will live in captivity.
Since 2003, to keep the video cameras away, the bay is defended like a military site with tunnels, armed guards and barbed wire fences.
But the barrier of silence and cover-up has broken and even in Japan, more and more people are against this slaughter.
A few years ago, a documentary entitled "The Cove" - which made the world aware of what was happening in Taiji - highlighted also the risk to humans. It denounced actually that the presence of mercury levels, in the meat of dolphins captured in the bay, reaches levels 20 times higher than those recommended by the World Health Organization. The fundamentalists of this tradition reacted with anger; but a large part of Japanese public opinion demanded that protection and respect for nature and all forms of life became shared values, capable of generating an harmonious development of the whole community.
Many evoke what happened in the bay of Minamata, in Japan, where hundreds of fishermen were poisoned by fishes saturated of the mercury discharged into the sea from a factory.
Join all people like us, not tied to these unsustainable traditions that can and must be abandoned forever. In the spirit of the Washington Convention of 1946 on the protection of marine cetaceans and mammals, the principles of environmental sustainability and the respect for protected living marine resources, we strongly urge the Japanese Authorities:
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Stop dolphins slaughter
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