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Please Encourage Australia to Maintain Its Firm Stance Against Japanese Dolphin Hunting

Dolphin Meat Hunting in Taiji, Japan

Dolphin Meat Hunting in Taiji, Japan

As the movie The Cove explains, the city of Taiji, Japan, is a huge contributor in Japan’s killing of over 20,000 dolphins per year for their meat. This year, however, international pressure has accomplished something amazing: Taiji has thus far suspended their dolphin hunt due to bad press.

Probably the greatest reason for the suspension is the fact that the city of Broome, Taiji’s sister city in Australia, has cut ties with Taiji due to the hunt. Unfortunately, Broome is considering reestablishing ties with Taiji today. If relations are reestablished, it may unfortunately result in Taiji resuming its dolphin hunt. Please tell Broome not to reestablish ties!

Message from Save Japan Dolphins Coalition director Richard O’Barry below:

An Urgent Alert for Dolphins

By Richard O’Barry
Campaign Director
Save Japan Dolphins Coalition

Dear Friends of Dolphins:

I need your help to stop the Broome Shire Council from backing down from their courageous action in suspendi their sister-city relationship with the town of Taiji.

Broome’s Shire Council voted to cut ties with the remote fishing village after seeing the feature documentary “The Cove,” which exposed Taiji’s role in the yearly slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the shores of Japan. I personally thanked Broome for this action.

Now, under intense pressure from the Japanese government, the Shire Council of Broome is considering reversing its position. Don’t let them do it!

Our sources indicate that the suspension is a key reason why the dolphin kills have been halted. If the Shire Council reverses, the killing is likely to resume. We need your help today as the hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Australia!

We were able to stop the dolphin slaughter at least temporarily — but
we must keep the pressure on!

Tell Broome: Stand strong against dolphin slaughter!

“We no longer enslave animals for food purposes.” -Commander Riker, Star Trek


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    I doubt that Broome’s cutting of ties had anything to do with the temporary suspension.

    And it isn’t pressure from Japan that has lead to the reconsideration, it is due to pressure from the citizens of Broome. The original decision was because of outside influences, the citizens that elect the council let their displeasure be know which has lead to todays meeting.

    Also due to the time difference the meeting had already happened by the time this message was posted and it appears that Broome has unanimously reject the earlier resolution.

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    I see Broome has reversed that decision.Looks like I wont be heading back to Broome after all,no great loss,plenty of other places to spend holidays.

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    “20,000” is the number of dolphins killed not in the town of Taiji but across Japan. The above assertion by Richard O?Barry is showing clearly that the people who are protesting the hunt are so carelessness that they can’t even deal with an accurate datum.

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    I cant believe how a relationship between sister cities could have anything to do with the harvesting of Dolphins. Ceasing a relationship isnt going to solve anything.