- Mayor of TaijiMayor, Municipal Government of Taiji
Save Angel from a lifetime of hell
Angel is a beautiful albino dolphin calf who once swam freely alongside her mother in the Pacific Ocean off Taiji, Japan. But earlier this year, Angel was captured by dolphin hunters.
As she was dragged away in a net, Angel saw her mother and family being herded into a shallow cove where they were stabbed to death in agony.
Tell local authorities to release Angel from her cruel conditions - and end the inhumane practice of dolphin hunting for good.
Angel was taken to a local aquarium, the Taiji Whale Museum, where she is now a "freak" exhibit. She's confined in a tiny indoor tank. Eyewitnesses say she floats lifelessly, or swims in distressed circles with her eyes often closed. With her mother dead, Angel has no one to help her except us.
Please ask the Taiji government, which owns the Whale Museum, to release Angel into a shaded sea pen. The Whale Museum already has sea pens in a next-door natural lagoon so this is a feasible option. It will vastly improve Angel's quality of life while options for her full release into the wild are explored.
With enough signatures, we will personally deliver the petition to the Mayor of Taiji in mid-May.
We can't ever reunite Angel with her mother, but we can free her from her life of hell in a tiny tank. Please help us help her.
- Mayor, Municipal Government of Taiji
Mayor of Taiji
Dear Mayor Sangen,
I strongly oppose the cruel treatment of Angel, the albino dolphin calf captured in January and currently in captivity at the government-owned Taiji Whale Museum. I also oppose in the strongest terms the brutal practice of dolphin hunting carried out in Taiji to capture dolphins for aquariums.
I have seen reports of Angel's traumatised state in the inadequate confines of a small indoor tank. These conditions are wholly unacceptable for a wild dolphin, especially a young calf who no longer has the company and protection of her slaughtered mother.
I call on you to free Angel from her hellish prison and release her into a shaded sea pen in the natural lagoon where the Whale Museum already has several sea pens.
I also call on you to put an end to the unspeakably cruel practice of dolphin hunting in Taiji. Angel is a representative of the hundreds of dolphins taken into captivity, and the thousands of dolphins slaughtered in Taiji each year for profit. Please make a decision to stop these hunts - and with them the suffering of these emotional, intelligent animals.
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