Change in Taiji: Finite Disappointment, Infinite Hope

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Remember in 2009 when The Cove won best documentary? The film opened the world’s eyes to the annual drive hunt of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Well the hunt continues. This weekend in fact. But the opposition continues as well. Sea Shepherd is one of the leading voices of this opposition. They are even live streaming this year’s round up, capturing and (I assume) slaughter of dolphins. As far as I understand, the slaughter will begin Monday.

USA Today reported the following today:

Fifteen of the animals were taken for a “life of imprisonment in captivity,” the group said, adding that one dolphin died in the process. On Saturday, the group said 25 dolphins were removed from their pod, and one died.

The remaining dolphins will spend a third night in the cove before being killed Monday, the group said. CNN reported that the dolphins taken Saturday and Sunday were likely to be sold into captivity at marine parks in Japan and overseas, according to the conservation group.

In an interesting connection, the popular marine park, SeaWorld, is one of the main profiteers of the Taiji hunt. This year’s popular documentary, Blackfish, details via firsthand accounts from former trainers and others how orcas are captured, trained, and kept captive through inhumane and unnatural methods. The park’s attendance and celebrity affiliations have suffered greatly due to the film’s popularity.

Another account, from Sea Shepherd reads:

“Tomorrow is going to be a rough day. They took over 30 dolphins to be sold for entertainment, including this albino (probably blind) whose mother fought to stay with her baby and then drowned herself, according to Cove Guardians. Tomorrow the remaining 220 will be hacked to death and the Cove will be more red than ever. If SeaWorld really cared about dolphins as they say, they would stop this.”

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So now, dear readers, is the time when we feel helpless to help. However, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” So stir up your hope that there is a world awaiting us where respect for our non-human animal companions is the norm. Then, take even just one action. Can’t think of what you might be able to do? Let me help:

Spread the Word:

Follow Operation Infinite Patience on social media and share with your friends and family. Ask them to help us end this atrocity.

Cove Guardian Facebook
Sea Shepherd USA Facebook
Cove Guardian Twitter
Sea Shepherd USA Twitter

Educate others on the link between the captive dolphin industry and the Taiji dolphin slaughter. Please discourage your friends and family from visiting dolphinariums, aquariums, or participating in captive dolphin programs like “swimming with the dolphins”

Contact the Authorities:

Help us end the brutal Taiji dolphin slaughter by voicing your concerns to the authorities in Taiji as well as the Japanese Embassy, US Embassy to Japan, US and Japanese Ambassadors to the UN, and the US Senate members of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Japanese Embassies Worldwide:

Websites of Japanese Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Missions

List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan:

List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan

US Embassy in Japan:

Kurt Tong – Charge d’Affaires ad interim
Telephone: 011-81-3-3224-5000
Fax: 011-81-3-3505-1862
Send E-mail to the U.S. Embassy in Japan

Japanese UN Representatives:

H.E. Mr Kazuyoshi Umemoto – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
japan.mission@dn.mofa.go.jp

H.E. Mr. Jun Yamazaki – Deputy Representative of Japan to the UN
japan.mission@dn.mofa.go.jp

United States UN Representative:

Samantha Power – US Ambassador to the UN
Samantha Power’s Twitter
United States Mission to the United Nations Contact Form

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Wakayama Prefecture Office, Fishery Division:

E0717001@pref.wakayama.lg.jp
Telephone: +81-73-441-3010
Fax: +81-73-432-4124

International Whaling Commission (IWC)

The Red House,
135 Station Road,
Impington,
Cambridge,
Cambridgeshire CB24 9NP, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 233 971
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 87
Email: secretariat@iwcoffice.org

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Convention on Migratory Species (CMP)

UNEP/CMS Secretariat
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: (+49 228) 815 2401
Fax: (+49 228) 815 2449
Email: secretariat@cms.int

Mayor – Taiji Town Hall:

Telephone: +81-73-559-2335

Taiji Fishermen’s Union:

Telephone: +81-73-559-2340
Fax: +81-735-59-2821

Hotel Dolphin Resort/Dolphin Base:

Telephone: +81-0735-59-3514
Fax: +81-0735-59-2810

Japan Fisheries Public Content Form:

Contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

WAZA: The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums

secretariat@waza.org

IMATA: The International Marine Mammal Trainers’ Association

info@imata.org

This information is from Sea Shepherd and surely there is ONE action from this list that you can do. To make it even easier, here is the message I will be including in my e-mail to many of the above contacts. Please feel free to copy the text and use it for yourself as well.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to express my dismay and disapproval with the continued Taiji dolphin hunt. In light of the increasing global awareness and concern of our exploitation of dwindling marine creatures, as well as the increasing public outrage (including that from Japanese citizens) toward this hunt, I believe the time for defending this tradition has ended. With respect to the citizens and leaders of Japan and admiration for many of the country’s beautiful non-violent traditions, I implore you to cease this annual hunt and bring Japan further into the more peaceful and conservationist future that is necessary for our planet and its species.

Lastly, I want to exhort you to remain compassionate toward the people who carry out this hunt. I have seen plenty of comments on social media spewing hate and violence toward them, but there is no difference between that violence and the violence they inflict on the dolphins. Not essentially. And what are we doing if we counter darkness with darkness?

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

– MLK

So find your balance, find your love, and take action in your world!

Love to you. And love to the dolphins.

~~~S Wave~~~

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11 thoughts on “Change in Taiji: Finite Disappointment, Infinite Hope

  1. Thank you so much for writing this message and sharing it with us! I used the text and sent it! I had signed a petition, but this is a great way (really takes no time at all) to let people know how we feel and what we think! Again, thanks! – Nina

  2. Thank you for this post! I appreciate that you are spreading the word, and the gentle way that you do it. I am so glad to have been pointed to your blog via Eleutheria4PlanetEarth! Please keep up your good work!

  3. I love this post as it has a call to action and steps to take to try to help – super helpful and important – thank you!! Glad we are connected – I like your tone and enjoying reading your posts. 🙂

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