Should US envoy visit Japan to see dolphin hunt?

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Make  your own mind up and discuss freely with who ever you wish as to whether she should, or even would visit Taiji, but here I offer some alternative responses to the plaintive cry from Taiji……All is not as it seems.

kennedy 1“Humane killing methods”? Oh, you mean the act of “pithing” where you use this:

Picture credit Taiji Action Group

Picture credit Taiji Action Group

To do this: (See the “humane” mallet in the hunter’s hand)

Picture credit Taiji Action Group

Picture credit Taiji Action Group

Which results in this:

Picture credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Picture credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

If there is any doubt about the “humane” method of “pithing” just watch this extraordinary footage.

WARNING! GRAPHIC CONTENT!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5NJowK9gn8

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Note that there is NO mention of the captive industry, where the BIG money is generated or the fact that Taiji wish to branch out with what is being touted as a “whale farm/swim with facility” or the fact that the cove is turned into a tourist playground during the few months in the year when Taiji do not drive hunt where small children and their families can swim with captured dolphins.

Picture credit Koji Sasahara / Associated Press

Picture credit Koji Sasahara / Associated Press

Because hunting dolphins and killing them for food is the only source of income for this small impoverished town.

It is hard to feel sorry for the near-pauper status of Taiji town when pictures like this one appear on social media:

Picture credit Martyn Stewart/Naturesound

Picture credit Martyn Stewart/Naturesound

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“It is not widely eaten in Japan” yet the hunting and butchering is a “major industry”. So where is the dolphin meat going? Where are the 20,000 dolphins and porpoises killed by Japanese hunters ending up? Dog food? Fertilizer? Or somewhere else?

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The hunters use a method called “pithing” as mentioned above.  Is it humane? Of course it isn’t. But don’t just take my word for it, this analysis quite clearly shows that the whole process is painful and death is not swift, that very fact alone makes it inhumane to any right thinking person.

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http://http://us.whales.org/sites/default/files/jaaws_-_dolphin_killing_methods.pdf

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The blood may not have been “apparent from footage on the organisation’s [Sea Shepherd] website” possibly due to it not having been added at the time the author checked the site. It was apparent on the livestream footage though:

Pic obtained by stolendolphins via Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian livestream

Pic obtained by stolendolphins via Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian livestream

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The slaughter began on Monday morning at sunrise in Taiji, now admittedly that was still actually Sunday for some of the world, but it would have been impossible to say how many animals were killed as the killing wasn’t over!

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The definition of the word “culture” (in this instance) is “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.”

Japanese officials have labelled all Japanese people as being proud of and involved in the festivities and the atrocities of the hunt, something that many activists take great pains to avoid as we feel that it is wrong to label an entire nation “guilty” over the actions of a few. Given that this is a custom and part of Japanese society, why do the hunters hide their culture so zealously?

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Note the blood in the water, the blood that isn’t “apparent”, apparently.

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Not to mention keeping people away…

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

Picture Credit Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians

It is an undeniable fact that the nations of the world slaughter millions of animals daily, but those cows and pigs, while intelligent and sentient beings in their own right who deserve a life of peace and freedom,  do not have a brain larger than a human, they do not have what is rapidly revealing itself to be a sophisticated form of language and they are not at least as intelligent as ourselves. But dolphins are all of these things. Killing them, to many, is akin to killing a human. They seem to suffer on exactly (if not more) the same scale as we would. The universal wrongness of killing any living being is surely encapsulated in the death of a dolphin at the hands of a Taiji hunter.

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3 responses to “Should US envoy visit Japan to see dolphin hunt?

  1. Cynthia

    Thank you for this clear and meaningful article. I had wondered the same thing, if Ms. Kennedy would take them up on the offer… unlikely, but your take on it covers all the bases. Appreciated!

  2. Louise greenwood

    This evil trade must stop it is causing so much distress to these beautiful mammals there is bitching humane about it!

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