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Taiji Dolphin Cruelty Awareness

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Are you ready to boycott the Japanese Olympics if they do not stop the cruel barbaric slaughter of the TAIJI DOLPHINS?  
 
I am. This will be the second time I have boycotted the Olympic Games, though probably it won't be the last. It seems there are precious few countries which have a clean slate regarding the treatment of animals, but some cruelties are worse then others. 
 
I also place the use of Confined Animal Farm Operations (CAFOs) at the top of this list.  Sadly, almost every country has them, although I think the EU is trying to make compassionate changes in some of their practices.  I have read that the member nations will be phasing out the terribly confining gestation crates used for sows which are incredibly cruel. 
 
When people tell me that plants suffer, I really can't see the parallel between their "suffering" and a living being who has basic needs like our own.  Plants do not have these same basic needs, and they certainly don't have the same circulatory and digestive systems that animals share with us. 
 
The first time I boycotted the Olympic Games was when they were held in Beijing, China.  After I read about how some Chinese were skinning alive Raccoon dogs for their fur, I had no problem boycotting the Olympic games held there - even though I had always loved watching them before. 
 
Of course, in boycotting the games, I was in the tiniest of minorities. Were others aware of this cruelty?  Would they have joined me in this boycott? Did they even care? 
 
I asked others to boycott as well in a post here, but I doubt that many did.  This requires a ground swelling of support which obviously just didn't exist.  However, I will always follow my conscience, regardless of what others do. 

Yesterday I got a much needed haircut, and in the course of small talk with the hair stylist, I was saddened that she was not aware of the shark fin cruelty which I believe both the Chinese and Japanese engage in.  
 
She obviously doesn't watch 60 Minutes or missed the episode where this cruelty was documented by Paul Simon several years back.  Live sharks are hauled onto the boats and then their fins are cut off. This must be absolutely painful for them. Then the sharks are unceremoniously dumped alive back into the ocean to sink to the ocean floor to die.

THE TAIJI DOLPHINS

I had read about this cruel slaughter before.  Today I read about it again on all-creatures.org.  I cannot describe it any better then they:
 
"The small fishing village of Taiji, Japan, is once again about to become the scene of a brutal slaughter.  Dolphins and pilot whales are being herded in a quiet cove.  Most of them will never escape alive."  They urgently need your voice!"
 
When the dolphins and whales are in the cove, fishermen bang on large metal poles underwater to create a wall of sound that disorients them.  Driven toward shore and crowded into the cove and trapped by nets, mothers and babies are separated.  Some dolphins are injured in the struggle and some even die from stress and exhaustion. 
 
Perhaps those are the lucky ones because many are stabbed with long spears and hooks by the fishermen so that they can be hauled into the boats while they still struggled.  Here their throats are slashed. It is not long before the sea turns red with the blood of these innocent dolphins and whales.
 
It is believed that these killings are directly linked to the lucrative trade in dolphins for the MARINE PARK INDUSTRY.  The documentary 'The Cove' reported seeing dolphin trainers assisting fishermen in herding the dolphins.  They do this in order to choose those they deem suitable for a life in an aquarium. Then these trainers turn a blind eye while the others are butchered for their flesh.  What kind of trainers and fishermen can engage in such  cruel butchery?  Yes, sadly, once again the lure of money rears its ugly head.  Sure, we all need money, but cruelty should not be a component of this need.  I have always been glad that I missed Sea World when it was in Ohio. I got into an argument with my two sisters and they left without me.  Now I am grateful remembering that I didn't pay a penny to see the captive whales and dolphins.  In my opinion, this money-making enterprise sadly contributes to much suffering to dolphins and whales. 
 
However, there are some small businesses which also cause these beautiful sea creatures suffering.  I remember reading about a small tourist attraction where a lone whale was kept in a tiny watery enclosure for years.  This is cruel and indefensible.  How many more prisons like this exist? This post noted that already 20,000 Aussies have spoken out for these dolphins, and it is hoped that we will too.
 
Please tell the Japanese Ambassador to Australia or in the United States that there is no excuse for the barbaric cruelty of the Taiji Cove dolphins. 
 
Their information: 
 
Ambassador Akimoto
Embassy of Japan in Australia
112 Empire Circuit
Yarralumla, Act Australia 2600
 
fax +61 2 6273 1848
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In the US:
 
US Japanese Embassy 
2520 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
 
phone (202) 238-6700
fax (202) 328-2187
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Charles Darwin has said something which I believe is apt to quote here, though it is inspirational and applicable at any time or at any place for that matter:
 
"THE LOVE FOR ALL LIVING CREATURES IS THE MOST NOBLE ATTRIBUTE OF MAN." 

 

I have been concerned about animal suffering ever since
I received my first puppy Peaches in 1975. She made me take a good look at the animal kingdom and I was shocked to see how badly we treat so many animals. At 77, I've been a vegan for the (more...)
 

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Such amazing creatures.  Humans should be s... by Judy Swindler on Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 2:59:39 PM
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