Thousands of dolphins are awfully killed yearly in Japan by hunters, and then their meat is sold out to the Japanese even though it contains high levels of mercury making it unsafe to eat. If the International Whaling Commission passes a law to provide protection for the dolphins, thousands of lives of both dolphins and humans can be saved.
Yearly about 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and whales are slaughtered in Japan. In small harbor towns, like Taiji, there lies a huge secret. Fisherman round up the dolphins by the hundreds, and herd them into hidden lagoons by hitting on metal rods in the water to disorient and scare the animals out of their normal migration routes. The most attractive bottlenose dolphins, are pre-selected by trainers and later sold off to marine mammal parks where they will remain in captivity. The rest of the dolphins all grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, are later massacred by driving a metal rod into their spinal cords. Once the rod is removed the hunters hammer in a wooden plug into the whole. The insertion of the rod in most cases causes paralysis, if not death. After this process, while the dolphins are still alive and aware of what is happening, a rope is tied around their tails from where they are hauled out of the water while they are slowly drowning. Once they are out of the water, dead of alive, they are cut open, so their organs and intestines can be removed, and their meat can be sold and served on Japanese plates.
The people consuming the dolphin flesh intake very high levels of mercury, which can cause severe brain damage. The pre-selected dolphins, which are later confined in theme parks, are unable to use their echolocation because the sound of waves hitting off the tank walls creates stressful confusion. In the wild, dolphins rely on echolocation and sonar, and can travel 40 to 80 miles a day. In captivity the dolphins can’t do either. We need to put an end to the mass killing and confinement of dolphins, we need the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to protect the 71 (out of 80 known) cetacean species, including the dolphins being cut to pieces in Japan. This way Japan won’t be able to legally murder and butcher these defenseless animals by the thousands.
Though they may look different we are very similar. Don’t let them lose the fight. Sign this petition to convince the IWC to pass a law to protect the other 71 cetacean species, that aren’t being currently protected.
To further educate yourself about what happens in Taiji watch the documentary The Cove, and log onto their website to see what else you can do to help.