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TAIJI DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER SEASON

Keiko Olds
Minnesota, MN, United States

Aug 27, 2014 — This was the reason for my reminiscing about seasons in the first place. David Kirby recently wrote on August 15th -- "The Dolphin-Killing Season Is About to Begin in Japan. Here's What You can Do About It."
Background: Every year fishermen in Taiji, Japan herd hundreds of dolphins into a cove. Most of them will be slaughtered and their
contaminated meat will be sold to supermarkets and restaurants across Asia. A few young ones will be "spared" and sold to aquariums at a handsome profit.

Ric O'Barry, a former dolphin trainer, brought attention to the Taiji yearly slaughter in "The Cove," an Academy Award-winning documentary that has been seen by millions of people in more than 45 countries. However, O'Barry feels that the need for the people of Japan to see his documentary is most vital. Perhaps he feels only they can stop this carnage if they have the will to do so.

The carnage begins in September and lasts until the dolphin killing season ends in March or April. O'Barry has witnessed this carnage for 12 consecutive years in Taiji and said that he will continue to return until they stop or he drops.

Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove, said that the film does have an impact. He wrote: "Countries are now banning the import of wild dolphins for dolphin shows. Vancouver has banned the aquarium's breeding program," .......... "The National Aquarium in Baltimore is shutting down their displays. Southwest Airlines is repainting their orca-painted planes after announcing their breakup with SeaWorld....and most significantly,
Taiji is killing 60 per cent less dolphins."

He also noted that both "The Cove" and now "Blackfish" spawned a movement that reverberates throughout the world today. The 2012 documentary Blackfish about the treatment of captive orcas at Seaworld has probably led to a stock plunge of 30 percent for SeaWorld.

Psihoyos - through his organization (Oceanic Preservation Society) mailed copies of both documentaries to all the board members at the top ten investment firms holding SeaWorld stock. As a result, SeaWorld recently announced that attendance at its parks are down. Also contributing to this problem is the proposed legislation in California to ban killer whale shows in that state.

Way to go California! And wholehearted thanks to people like Ric O'Barry and film director Louie Psihoyos. We need more people like them. We need more states like California.

And last but not least- a dynamic statement from Psihoyos: "And once you see a film like "The Cove," it's impossible to hold stock in a company like SeaWorld without feeling like a prostitute."


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