If you have not seen it yet, watch The Cove!!
Every September a secluded cove in Taiji becomes the hot spot for a mass murder of thousands of dolphins!
Some people will put out comments like it is natural to kill animals, and they die instantly. Yes, some say that with the right weapon and targeting the right spot, a dolphin may die almost instantly, but what about the fact that they watch their friends and family die in front of them, and waiting to be speared them selves. The killing in Taiji is not carefully planned to be as humane as possible. They get chased into a cove with sharp and loud noises that scare them, trapped inside and kept over night. Then dolphin trainers can come and pick out dolphins that they want for their show. Taiji export dolphins to dolphin centres all over the world, like Sea World! The dolphins that isn't chosen, gets dragged around a bay into the secluded cove and slaughtered. baby dolphin or mama dolphin, they'll get speared!
The Cove colored with blood after a slaughter
Even if you are dead inside and couldn't care less about animal rights, you might have heard about mercury poisoning or the Minamata disease. Minamata was the place they first discovered mercury disease because an industrial factory, Chisso Corporations, dumped methylmercury in the industrial wastewater. This was in 1956, and it led to a severe neurological syndrome. Symptoms include ataxia, numbness in the hands and feet, general muscle weakness, narrowing of the visual field and damage to hearing and speech. In extreme cases, insanity, paralysis, coma, and death follow within weeks of the onset of symptomes. A congential form of the disease can also affect fetuses in the womb. Dolphin meat has a really high consentration of mercury, so it is not good for you to consume a lot of this type of meat. Although scientists do not agree about the extent of the dangers about it.
Dolphin meat is not popular as food. People like these animals, to watch and interact with them, so where does all this meat go? A lot of the dolphin meat are acctually mislabelled as whale meat. This is horrendous! Every individual should be able to choose what they expose themselves to. This is deceit, big time! By buying whale meat, which you think are safe, you might be ingesting dolphin meat and a high dose of methylmercury! When TheCove where filmed the schools where given free "whale" meat to serve the children at lunch. In Japan, lunch is mandatory and you have to eat it all.
Why don't people do anything? Well the government in Japan is working hard to cover all this up. And to put a stop to this we have to spread the message around
It will continue every year......
This is one in many blog posts to come! This is only a fraction of the information you get from watching the Cove. They say you shouldn't have to fly to Taiji, because their is a lot you can do from where you are. Sign petitions, spread the message, write to the government of places like Taiji. I wish I could fly to Taiji!
NB: Pictures are taken from the documentary The Cove