On Saturday Dec 6, 2008, we were appalled by the front page photos on The West Australian of dolphins being slaughtered for food – only 300 meters from a “resort” that supposedly celebrates the life and love of dolphins to tourists. It is so like the “displays” of bears that Jill Robinson discovered that were being used to hide the terrible bile farms that led her to establish Animals Asia.
Yet, a quick search of the internet shows that this practice has gradually been exposed over the last couple of years, albeit with great difficulty because of the extra-ordinary lengths to which the hunters and their city officials go, to conceal their appalling activities.
Some of the formerly secret filming of this abhorrent practice is still be released (when this post was made) and when you view the short videos that are available, it would be inconceivable that you could sit through a “feature length” film. http://tinyurl.com/2rewrp (newspaper story)
Suddenly, maybe Greenpeace is right – maybe we do need to be putting political pressure on the Japanese at home – because while chasing their ships in Antartica is helping to disrupt the harvest there, a dreadful hidden slaughter is going on at home in Japan with the Government and city officials totally complicit in its activity.
The town where this happens during a six month period is called Taiji –the sister town of WA’s own coastal resort town of Broome and the Council of Broome seeks to distance itself from this activity while maintaining “sister city” links.
This is a link to a film of the dolphin slaughter – I warn you, it is graphic and very disturbing. Not only are the dolphins slaughtered for food themselves, but the fishermen regard them as “competition” that needs to be eliminated from the contest of catching fish!
Personally, I could not watch it until the end – but this is something about which we must protest. http://tinyurl.com/6eunom
Who Do We Tell That This Is Totally Unacceptable And That Every Political And Financial Pressure Must Be Brought To Bear So This Is Stopped?
This is a link to the Councillors of the Broome Shire Council
This is a link to the Western Australian politicians who represent this area
Search for Carol Martin
This is a link to the Federal Politician who represents this area
Barry Haase – Federal Seat of Kalgoorlie – Liberal Party
This is a link to the Federal Politician who is representing the environment – The Hon Peter Garrett – Federal Seat of Kingsford Smith – Labor Party –
(former front man for Midnight Oil)
Link here to Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd
Link here to Greenpeace Greenpeace
Link here to OPS http://www.opsociety.org Oceanic Protection Society
We urge you to make your feelings known – that as concerned citizens of the world we will not stand by and allow this slaughter to go unchallenged.