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
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