Secret Slaughter of Dolphins in Japan

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. (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.

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
Broome Councillors


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
Barry Haase

This is a link to the Federal Politician who is representing the environment – The Hon Peter Garrett – Federal Seat of Kingsford Smith – Labor Party –
Peter Garrett
(former front man for Midnight Oil)


Link here to Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd

Link here to Greenpeace  Greenpeace

Link here to OPS 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.

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13 Responses to Secret Slaughter of Dolphins in Japan

  1. liswar says:

    very good info – I’ll pass it on.

  2. consumist says:

    Hi, I personally think Greenpeace has been very soft on this issue. Direct action such as that taken by Sea Shepherd is possibly far more effective. Greenpeace has a slick fundraising machine, but although they raise millions of dollars, there’s little to see for it on the ground.

  3. Lesley Dewar says:

    I, too, was disappointed when Greenpeace decided not to take to sea this year. There is no doubt that with both organizations working against the Whalers, it made a big difference. Even worse, the Australian Government (through he of the old Midnight Oil) is a soft as yesterday’s sushi – and smells even worse! We need to let the Australian Government know that we are not going to stand idly by, when they promised support for Sea Shepherd. They have let us all down – the whales, the most of all.

  4. Lesley Dewar says:

    It isn’t only the Whales they are killing and eating.
    These are the links to fight the secret dolphin slaughter in Japan.

    They urgently need your help now. Please pass this on to every one you know.

  5. liswar says:

    I just sent the following email to the Shire of Broome councillors & president using Lesley’s link to the council contacts:

    Dear President and Councillors of the Shire of Broome,

    I am outraged by the annual brutal slaughter of dolphins and whales that takes place in Japan, and concerned that Australia appears to be condoning this practice through lack of action to oppose it. As a resident of Western Australia, I am ashamed that the Shire of Broome maintains its sister city status with the town of Taiji.

    The images of bloody red water clearly show the world that Japan has little respect for the state of the world’s oceans and for the conservation of the marine resources it claims to support.

    Many scientific studies show that the oceans are in decline. We must take immediate action to stop their over-exploitation and to protect the creatures that live in them. These dolphins do not belong to Japan. The status of the species of dolphins and whales that are killed are either endangered, threatened, or unknown. It is an unthinkable waste that they will likely end up as a meat product or deceptively sold as whale meat, polluted with toxic levels of mercury and cadmium, killing people that eat it. It is tragic and unacceptable that the remaining dolphins that are not killed will end up destined for death in an aquarium, water park, or “swim with dolphins” program.

    In addition, the methods used to kill these animals are cruel. Corralling the dolphins into bays, then making them suffer a long and painful death by spears, hooks, and drowning is an inhumane way of fishing. This action is disgraceful and has caused much disappointment in the international community.

    Please tell me what immediate action you intend to take in order to stop this cruel and unsustainable practice. Using your diplomatic influence as representatives of Taiji’s sister city would be an extremely effective form of action.


    Lisa Skrypichayko
    Stoneville, Western Australia

  6. Lesley Dewar says:

    Thank you, Lisa and your support is welcome.

    We have selected Taiji as the Word of the Week and used the story told by Hardy Jones of Blue Voice Views – because it so good.

  7. Dina says:

    We are very interested to invite in film: Cove, in the environmental section of Cairo International Film Festival scheduled 15-19 Nov. 2009.
    I am in charge of NGO’s committee for arranging this section for the first time. Aim of the section is to make the world take decisive global action against change in climate and drastic effect on man, animal and plant.
    I seek your help, this is the first time we hold this section and it was a challenge to be granted approval from the CIFF committee. Please help us invite films which deliver the message, protection of earth: animals, wildlife, man and plant.
    Dina Zulfikar

  8. Dina says:

    I am in charge of environmental section, Cairo International Film Festival Nov. 2009. I am representing NGO’s who care for environment. We were granted approval by CIFF committee to come out with this section to make the world take decisive global action against change in climate and drastic effect on man, animal and plant. I need your help and expertise to invite films like COVE to be screened in the section. My committee is formed of NGO’s dealing with Fauna (Animal Welfare, Protection), Human Health, Flora.
    Please direct us or help us in inviting films which deliver such messages to the world, the CIFF gains wide exposure.
    Dina Zulfikar

  9. Lesley Dewar says:

    Dina, this is the link to the Sundance Film Festival 2009 – who will be able to put you in touch with the film distributors. Thank you so much for contacting us regarding this. Please let us know if you are successfull in getting the film for your Cairo International Film Festival.

    It is wonderful to know of your actions. Cheers Lesley

  10. Jonathan W. says:

    One of my greatest literary mentors, Robert J. Ringer, wrote in _Looking Out for Number #1_, that one of the hurdles which face the individual who desires a fulfilling life is “crusades.” I do wish you luck in your endeavour, Lesley, but I don’t see how Western Australians have a right to dictate seafaring policy in Nippon any more than U.S. nationals such as myself have the moral authority to pursue and incriminate, say, the felons responsible for Nigerian wire-transfer fraud. It’s not as though the Nigerians are murdering or torturing innocent minors for specious accusations of “witchcraft.”

    Oh. Wait. They are.

    Back to the bodhi tree.


  11. Lesley Dewar says:

    Hi Jonathon and thanks for the comment. I find your reference to the bodhi tree humorous in two ways – first, I have written a great story called My Fig Tree and secondly, my late husband, Robbie, was Anglo Indian and I am very familiar with stories about the tree to which you refer.
    Please, come visit again sometime, you will be most welcome. Cheers Lesley.

  12. Jonathan W. says:

    You’re welcome, Lesley — but tell an old cowpoke the truth: did anyone get my point? While I will be the first to admit that our ecosystem is a skein as tangled as Lachesis’s own tapestry, do we not have a moral obligation to defend *human* *profanity_deleted* *children* in the Third World before we get around to picking a fight with slanty-eyed !@#$tards who like to eat fish that aren’t fish?

    I do apologize for the slur; no doubt sensei will toss me around a bit, but, c’mon, people. Leave the Land of the Rising Sun alone — or at least go after the lolicon creeps. Dolphin harvesting is small fry.

    And I’m out.


  13. Lesley Dewar says:

    Jonathon – both things can be done at the same time – and I am doing that, myself. I support World Vision in three countries;; an orangatung; a sunbear; a tiger and plantation timber. That’s all with hard dollars, month after month after month. The deaf, too, regularly and junior sport. I campaign as passionately as I spend – or even more so, because at the moment, as a financial planner who is paid exactly relative to the value of her client’s investment funds, their pain is my pain, right now. And will be, for some time to come.

    The truth is that many Japanese don’t even know that Japan still kills whales for food and whalemeat is not on the general menu in Japan. One of my LinkedIn contacts is an Australian Professor at a leading Japanese University and when I first contacted him about the dolphin/Taijii story, his reply was “Why, has something happened? We didn’t hear anything about it here”. So we need to campaign politically and through social media to get the story to those who can also take up the protests in Japan itself.

    If you want to talk about moral obligations, start talking about the Catholic Church telling people in Africa that condoms do not help stop the spread of AIDS. At the risk of upsetting some of my readers, I find that far more morally outrageous than killing dolphins – I refuse to call it a harvest, because originally we would harvest the fruits of our own labour. Now, “harvest” is applied to things like “harvesting human organs” – as if humans are a commodity like wheat.

    Yes, our ecosystem is tangled – and what a tangled web we weave, when at first we begin to deceive – it is the deception of the Japanese Government that stirs our moral outrage and the deception of our own Government that is trying to trade off our whales against those in the North Atlantic.

    I love a good Henry Moore – prefer his great bronze sulptures – we have “reclining figure” here in Perth and many a time I have run an admiring hand across her cold, bronzed rear. As for Lachesis measuring and cutting the thread of your fateful lifeline – my own Ulla Bird has part of her acquisition rooted in my memories of “The Lady of Shallot” whose weaving was legendary. “Tirra, lirra, by the river” sang Sir Lancelot. I can’t imagine that Tennyson or Henry Moore, for that matter, would have found much attraction in manga and anime as drawn today. I have to say that once my kids were too old to watch “Kimba The White Lion”, the art form lost its attraction for me, although I can still get a giggle out of an occasional AstroBoy cartoon. Since my son and his wife rank fairly highly in TKD and have great respect for their sensei (who happens to be an old friend of my father – it’s a small world out here) – I hope you don’t get tossed around too much. Cheers Lesley

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