Dolphin hunting in Taiji. The truth about dolphins.

November 24, 2013
Dolphin hunting in Taiji. The truth about dolphins.


No more flying dolphins on Hong Kong Airlines.
Thousands of people successfully petitioned the airline to stop transporting live dolphins.
From CNN By Zoe Li, 1 March, 2012

Hong Kong Airlines has agreed to stop transporting live dolphins after more than 6,500 people signed an online petition demanding a ban.
"Since it is believed that transportation of this nature can result in endangering wildlife elsewhere, Hong Kong Airlines will immediately ban shipments of this kind," the carrier announced in a statement.

Hong Kong Airlines came under pressure from the public after an internal memo was leaked, stating the carrier had transported five live dolphins from Japan to Vietnam on January 16, earning the company HK$850,000 (US$110,000) in cargo revenue.
The memo also included a photograph of the dolphins lying in shallow, narrow containers -- which China Daily dubbed "flying coffins" -- inside the Boeing 733F cargo aircraft.
An online petition was soon launched at change.org, pressuring Hong Kong Airlines to stop transporting live dolphins as cargo. About 5,000 people signed the petition within three days.
In a previous statement responding to outrage from conservation groups, Hong Kong Airlines said that it was “totally unaware of the complexities” surrounding the “dark side of the dolphin story.”

The carrier's most recent dolphin flight took off from Osaka, leading to speculation that the dolphins were captured in Taiji, scene of an annual dolphin slaughter depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.”
Hong Kong Airlines refused to disclose where the dolphins came from or their destination.
The dolphin flight reportedly made a stopover in Hong Kong and a spokesperson for the Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department confirmed that they were aware of the dolphins' transportation in advance but did not carry out any inspection.


We at Inuneko Kyusainowa are against Dolphin drive hunting.
We will send a letter explaining our demands to the related organizations, such as Taiji town, Wakayama prefecture, and the Fisheries Agency.
If you agree, please cooperate with us.
our message, no matter how short, is welcome.
Or you can use our letter below.
You can send the e-mail to Wakayama prefecture and the Fisheries Agency.

TO: Taiji fishermen's cooperative association
3167-7 Taiji, Taiji-cho, Higashi muro-gun, Wakayama 649-5171
Fax: 0735-59-2821

Wakayama governor Yoshinobu Nisaka
Wakayam prefectural office
1-1 Komatsubara-dori, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama 640-8269

Fisheries Agency Resources Management Department
1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8907


Below is the demands Letter from Inuneko Kyusainowa.

Letter demanding discontinuance of dolphin drive hunting

Dolphin drive hunting is a cruel spectacle to behold.
While desperate victims were pulled up by the tail, we could see other dolphins tremble with fear as they witnessed their fellow’s suffering.
We can’t show this to children.
The protest by the international hacktivist group has started.
There is an opinion that to protest against dolphin drive hunting is to interfere with Japan’s food culture.
But I doubt that dolphin is a basic part of our food culture.

Furthermore, the meat of the dolphin has very high mercury levels.
Over-eating of dolphin meat represents a possibly serious health risk.
Comprehensive analysis leads us to conclude that it would be in our national interest to stop the dolphin hunting, rather than be criticized from all over the world for maintaining dolphin hunting under the pretext of "Japanese culture".

Please stop the dolphin drive hunting.


テーマ : 動物愛護
ジャンル : ペット





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