What we can do to stop the cruel dolphin hunting.
Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy Tokyo and British Embassy Tokyo have been protesting against dolphin hunting in Taiji.
We received the e-mail from both embassies as follows.
Many foreign countries has been protesting against cruel dolphin hunting.
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa never give up until dolphin hunting is abolished and give peace to the dolphin.
Thank you for your e-mail on dolphin hunting in Taiji.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands already tweeted about this issue. (@nlinjapan):
“Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji gave shock to the people in Netherlands.
Kingdom of the Netherlands strongly oppose to Dolphin hunting.
Demand complete prohibition to IWC (International Whaling Commission)”
In spite of the Kingdom of the Netherlands oppose to cruel dolphin hunting, in fact, our action is quite limited.
Dolphin hunting is the domestic activity in Japan, not prohibited by International Whaling Commission.
Kingdom of Netherlands giving high priority to be prohibited the capture of cetacean in various international meeting.
For example, in the meeting of IWC 2010, we argued that small marine mammals should be the subject of IWC.
Kingdom of Belgium moved a resolution for this aim and Kingdom of Netherlands supported. However it couldn’t get a majority and unfortunately rejected.
Also at the cabinet meeting of Japan and Netherlands, we emphasized the oppose to Dolphin hunting. Japanese government already understand our point of view.
We will continue to express our opinion at the future cabinet meeting.
Arjen van den Berg
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Head of the Political Department
Thank you for your email on dolphins in Taiji.
The UK opposes all forms of dolphin and porpoise drives and believes they cause unacceptable levels of suffering. At the recent annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in July, 2011 (IWC63) the UK urged members to support the conservation of small cetaceans.
Under international law it is primarily for individual countries to regulate the management and killing of small cetaceans (dolphins and porpoises) in their own waters, so dolphin hunts such as those in Taiji and Futo are regulated by Japanese domestic not international legislation. However we feel very strongly about the welfare issues raised by these dolphin hunts. In response to previous hunts we have raised our concerns with the Japanese Government and sought assurances that legislation regulating them will be improved and enforced. We also continue to work within the International Whaling Commission to sponsor resolutions that raise the profile of the issue and to encourage the IWC to adopt a strong position in favour of the protection of small cetaceans.
The UK Government has, bilaterally and in the IWC, raised its concern over Japanese dolphin hunts with the Japanese Government and will continue to do so until there is progress through these discussions. The Japanese Government are in no doubt of the strength of feeling in the UK about these hunts and the UK Government will continue to make their opposition to the hunting of small cetaceans known to Japan at every appropriate opportunity and argue that they undermine the credibility of the IWC as an effective organisation for the conservation of cetacean stocks worldwide.
Climate Change and Energy Section
British Embassy Tokyo
Please abolish the dolphin hunts!!
The protest demonstration objecting to dolphin hunting in front of the Fisheries Agency after the twitter message of U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.(Jiji Tsushin, January 24)
U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy tweeted against dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan.
About 25 citizens who agree with her message conducted a protest demonstration in front of the Fisheries Agency on the evening of January 24.
Mrs. Noriko Ikeda, (29), who organizes the “Association of Volunteers for the Abolition of Dolphin Hunting” indicates that the criticism from overseas is increasing again.
She said that there is actually very little consumption of dolphin meat.
The main purpose of the hunt is selling specimens to aquariums.
We object to the commercial sales of dolphins.Regarding Caroline Kennedy’s message, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, said that he will ask the U.S. Government to understand that this dolphin hunt is a tradition of Japan.
2014.01.24 demonstration protesting dolphin hunting.
Stop cruel dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan!
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