OPS- Things you can do to make a difference!
Join the millions who have seen The Cove and want to act. You needn’t fly to Taiji to make your voice heard.
Keep it simple. Keep it kind.
Here are contacts in Japan.
Mr. Kenji Yamaoka- Minister of the Consumer Affairs Agency
Sanno Park Tower
2-11-1 Nagatacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Mr. Yoshiki Kimura – Governor of Wakayama
1-1 Komatsubaradori Wakayama City, Wakayama 640-8585 Japan
Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen
Taiji fishermen’s union
Taiji Whale Museum
Oaza Taiji 2934-2 Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture Higashimuro gun
Tel: 0735-59-2400 Fax. :0735-59-3823
Tourism Bureau, Wakayama Prefecture
Website : http://kanko.wiwi.co.jp/world/english/index.html
Hotel Dolphin Resort / Dolphin Base
703-15 Moriura, Taiji-cho, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture 649-5172, Japan
Tel: +81 0735 59 3514
Fax +81 0735 59 2810
Here is a suggested letter:
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen & Honoured dignitaries of Japan,
I write to express extreme distress, anger and sadness at the annual dolphin slaughter and capture still being carried out in the Japanese town of Taiji. These dolphin drives are brutally cruel, completely unnecessary and have no place in the 21st century.
Japan is an advanced and otherwise beautiful country. It has the history and the capability to become the world leaders in marine conservation. It is unfortunate that the reputation of an entire nation is being tarnished by the work of a handful of people.
Dolphins are not fish, they are mammals. Dolphins breathe air. They have feelings. They have emotions. They have self-awareness. They are social, complex, intelligent beings. Even the nursing mothers and babies “iruka” are slaughtered with no mercy or they are stolen for a life of misery confined to small pools in aquariums. In the world of civilized nations, no wild animals are being eradicated like the dolphins are being slaughtered in Japan.
I understand that cultural food issues are complex, some people eat cows, pigs, chickens, some eat bunnies, dogs and cats, insects, etc. Yet the number of people who enjoy eating dolphin meat is dwindling, especially as people become aware of the issues of mercury toxicity.
The Japanese Government has the power to stop the hunts and I humbly ask you to appeal your representatives and work towards a move to end the annual slaughter.
Taiji could be a mecca for tourism if the dolphin slaughter stops. Dolphin and whale watching tours prove to be lucrative tourism activities elsewhere. Hopefully the thirteen fishing boats could replace their banging pipes and spears with binoculars, cameras, and other souvenirs of a joyous experience on your shores.
(your name and contact information)
Find a Japanese Consulate in your area
Current information on Taiji kills
Find your local dolphinarium and voice your concerns.
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Keep it simple. Keep it kind.
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