Taiji had a little secret and now that secret is out in the open. Please sign and share this petition with everyone you know.
As the Day of the Dolphin approaches, September 1, 2014, so does the herding and slaughter season which starts on Sept. 1, 2014. The dolphins are hunted and driven into the Killing Cove by the Fishermen's Union of Taiji, using banger boats to steer them. Once in the Cove a net is drawn behind them and a few of them (if they are nice specimens they are taken into captivity), those that are not selected, are systematically slaughtered.
The dead dolphins are then taken via skiffs to the gutting barge, the bodies of the dead dolphins are then taken to the butcher house. The meat is sold to the citizens of Japan fraudulently labelled as "whale" and served as lunch to children in school. Dolphin and whale meat is highly toxic. It contains high levels of the heavy metal, Mercury which has already produced 2 major outbreaks of Minamata disease and causes mental retardation.
This is the largest dolphin slaughter in the world and unfortunately very few people know it even takes place. Even in Japan, not many people are aware that this atrocity occurs.
The Taiji dolphin hunts continue because the fishermen make immense profits from selling some of their victims to the captive dolphin industry. Government officials also allow the hunt because they consider the dolphins to be pests that eat and deplete the fish stocks around Taiji. Dolphin Base Resort houses all the captive Dolphins and they are held in sea pens or concrete pools. Training starts immediately as food is withheld from them until they start to cooperate or they starve to death. The blood-stained sea and panicked screams of the dying dolphins will no longer continue to fall on deaf ears, as animal advocates worldwide will make sure that their cries are heard.
Every year around the beginning of September, there will be a global event to bring awareness to the plight of the dolphin.
It is up to everyone, especially travelers visiting Japan, to spread the word. THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE WORLD TO STOP BEING SILENT AND TAKE A STAND!!
Please join the campaign with one signature. We need YOU!
Please fill out the form in the attached link directly to the Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
Please help us bring a stop to these slaughter watch the documentary: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/cove/ Help Save the Blood Dolphins. The world is watching.
Please Stop the annual dolphin hunt and slaughter.
How is it possible for these acts to continue to take place?
Dolphins are self-aware and sentient creatures and Japan needs to put this old tradition into their history books.
Last year 848 dolphins from 8 different species lost their lives in Taiji. This is no longer acceptable practice.
We plea that you stop this inhumane treatment and slaughter.