JAPAN SAVE THE DOLPHINS - BOYCOT JAPAN?




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From: BEKOFF MARC Marc.Bekoff@Colorado.EDU
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 12:10 PM

Subject: (JP) 'Secret' dolphin slaughter defies protests


www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?fe20051130a1.htm

'Secret' dolphin slaughter defies protests

By BOYD HARNELL
Special to The Japan Times

Japan's annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins began Oct. 8 in the traditional whaling town of Taiji on the Kii Peninsula of Honshu's Wakayama Prefecture.
These "drive fisheries" triggered demonstrations, held under the "Japan Dolphin Day" banner, in 28 countries.
The protests went almost entirely unreported in Japan, where only very few people are aware of what goes on. . . .

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www.canadianvoiceforanimals.org/DolphinSlaughter.html


Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2005 6:32 PM
Subject: Sea Shepherd Europe is launching a cyber campaign to urge Japan to stop whaling. - Please write and spread the word

Forwarded by Sea Shepherd Europe




Please write and spread widely.

Dear all

Despite the 20 year old global ban on whaling, Japan never stopped whaling for "scientific" purposes. Now Japan has announced that it doubles its kill quota for Minke whales up to 800 whales and it intends to slaughter the endangered Humpback and Fin Whales.

Japan will be in violation of the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling set by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and will be whaling illegally in the Southern Oceans Whale Sanctuary. And Japan will be targeting endangered species.
Sea Shepherd Europe is launching a cyber campaign to urge Japan to stop whaling. The whales need your urgent help and need you to write to the Japanese ambassador in your country and urgently ask him not to double the intended kill quota in the Antarctic region to 800 Minke Whales, 50 Humpback and 50 Fin Whales. And we need you to ask the ambassador to stop whaling in the Antarctic.

Feel free to use the sample letter below, and send it to:

UK:
JICC
Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly
London W1J 7JT
Phone: 020 7465 6543/6544
Fax: 020 7491 9347
Email: info@jpembassy.org.uk

France:
Embassy of Japan
Avenue Hoche 7
75008 Paris
Phone: 01.48.88.62.00
Fax: 01.42.27.50.81
Email: scijap@pratique.fr

The Netherlands:
Japanse ambassade
Tobias Asserlaan 2
2517 KC DEN HAAG
Fax: 070-3469544
Email: japan.cultural@planet.nl


SAMPLE LETTER FOR UK, FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS:

Subject : Doubling of Killing Whales in Antarctica.

Dear Mr. Ambassador

As we all know, Japan is a beautiful country with a rich culture and tradition, and nowadays many of that culture find its way to the west, and attracts many western people. Numerous people practice Japanese budo, have an interest in Zen meditation, discover Japanese art, read novels from Japanese writers, or simple watch Japanese manga on television.

Also Japan is without doubt a highly developed nation concerning technology and economy, and is for those reasons the leading nation in the Asian region.

However, from the viewpoint of environmental issues or animal protection, Japan is not playing a leading role, it is globally on a very low level, and sadly Japan doesn't make much effort to improve. Japan lacks international environmental and animal protection laws such as there are in any western nation. And it grossly disrespect international treaties concerning endangered animals, such as the trade in ivory (which is openly sold) and killing of whales for 'scientific' reasons, which seems a mere loophole for commercial whaling.

We want to stop the killing of whales for any reasons, now and in the future. Those creatures have been hunted for centuries until the brink of extinction halfway the last century. They have a mere two decades of relative peace without large scale commercial hunting. For any animal that produces young so slowly and so little, it needs much more than a few decades to recover from a slaughter that continued for centuries.
My country was a whaling nation for many centuries. Luckily we stopped whaling some 40 years ago, and I am proud of it. Other western nations who whaled for centuries, such as U.S.A, Great Britain, and Australia, they all stopped.

'whaling and eating whale meat is part of our culture'. Well, I think most young Japanese people never did eat whale meat and are not interested in it. Many young people don't know what their country is doing to marine mammals. They have no idea of the whale killing or dolphin slaughters in Taiji Bay or Futo Bay.

And there is nothing traditional or cultural about hunting with modern ships and modern equipment. The old fashioned whaling from many centuries ago, was about brave men in small boats who risked their life on the ocean in order to get food for their families. There was a kind of harmony with the natural world. Nowadays modern whaling is just a bloody commercial activity about earning much money, raping and destroying the oceans, it is killing animals who have no change at all in a brutal, bloody and very cowardly way. It is not at all a 'tradition' and it is nothing to be proud of.
The only thing any modern and civilized nation can do, is to put 'whaling' into a museum, and to change from 'whaling' into 'whale watching', for people to enjoy, and get more respect for the natural world and the planet we live on.

Your country has announced that it intends to double the kill quota of Minke Whales and that you will target for the first time in decades - the endangered Humpback and Fin Whales.

Your country will be in violation of the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling set by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and you will be whaling illegally in the Southern Oceans Whale Sanctuary. In addition, Japan will be targeting endangered species.
We urgently ask you not to double your intended kill quota in the Antarctic region to 800 Minke Whales, 50 Humpback and 50 Fin Whales. We ask you to stop whaling in the Antarctic.

We are very happy, and fully supporting the view of the Australian Prime Minister John Howard with his standpoint against whaling.

We also urgently ask you to stop the mass slaughter of the dolphins near Taiji, Futo and other places.

In this aspect we fully support the American 'Senate Resolution 99' that strongly condemns the Japanese dolphin slaughter.

Regards

Name:
Country:
Email:


BELGIUM:
Embassy of Japan
Kunstlaan 58, Avenue des Arts
1000 Brussel
Phone: 02/511.23.07
Fax: 02/514.53.33
Email: kobun1@amb-jpn.be

for other Japanese embassies go to google japanese embassies


SAMPLE LETTER BELGIUM


Subject : Doubling of Killing Whales in Antarctica.

Dear Mr. Ambassador

As we all know, Japan is a beautiful country with a rich culture and tradition, and nowadays many of that culture find its way to the west, and attracts many western people. Numerous people practice Japanese budo, have an interest in Zen meditation, discover Japanese art, read novels from Japanese writers, or simple watch Japanese manga on television.

Also Japan is without doubt a highly developed nation concerning technology and economy, and is for those reasons the leading nation in the Asian region.

However, from the viewpoint of environmental issues or animal protection, Japan is not playing a leading role, it is globally on a very low level, and sadly Japan doesn't make much effort to improve. Japan lacks international environmental and animal protection laws such as there are in any western nation. And it grossly disrespect international treaties concerning endangered animals, such as the trade in ivory (which is openly sold) and killing of whales for scientific' reasons, which seems a mere loophole for commercial whaling.

We want to stop the killing of whales for any reasons, now and in the future. Those creatures are hunted for centuries until the brink of extinction halfway the last century. They have a mere two decades of relative peace without large scale commercial hunting. For any animal that produces young so slowly and so little, it needs much more than a few decades to recover from a slaughter that continued for centuries.
Belgium has never been a whaling nation and I am proud of that. Other Western nations who whaled for centuries, such as U.S.A, Great Britain, and Australia, they all stopped.

"whaling and eating whale meatis part of our culture". Well, I think most young Japanese people never did eat whale meat and are not interested in it. Many young people don't know what their country is doing to marine mammals. They have no idea of the whale killing or dolphin slaughters in Taiji Bay or Futo Bay.

And there is nothing traditional or cultural about hunting with modern ships and modern equipment. The old fashioned whaling from many centuries ago, was about brave men in small boats who risked their life on the ocean in order to get food for their families. There was a kind of harmony with the natural world. Nowadays modern whaling is just a bloody commercial activity about earning much money, raping and destroying the oceans, it is killing animals who have no change at all in a brutal, bloody and very cowardly way. It is not at all a 'tradition' and it is nothing to be proud of.
The only thing any modern and civilized nation can do, is to put "whaling" into a museum, and to change from "whaling" into "whale watching", for people to enjoy, and get more respect for the natural world and the planet we live on.

Your country has announced that it intends to double the kill quota of Minke Whales and that you will target for the first time in decades - the endangered Humpback and Fin Whales.

Your country will be in violation of the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling set by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and you will be whaling illegally in the Southern Oceans Whale Sanctuary. In addition, Japan will be targeting endangered species.
We urgently ask you not to double your intended kill quota in the Antarctic region to 800 Minke Whales, 50 Humpback and 50 Fin Whales. We ask you to stop whaling in the Antarctic.

We are very happy, and fully supporting the view of the Australian Prime Minister John Howard with his standpoint against whaling.

We also urgently ask you to stop the mass slaughter of the dolphins near Taiji, Futo and other places.

In this aspect we fully support the American "Senate Resolution 99" that strongly condemns the Japanese dolphin slaughter.

Regards

Name:
Country:
Email:

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The whales thank you for taking action!

Regards.

Herwin and Anne

Sea Shepherd Europe

PO Box 2069 - 3800 CB Amersfoort - The Netherlands
PO Box 65 - 1840 Londerzeel - Belgium

+ 32 52 30 58 46
info@seashepherd.nl

www.seashepherd.org
www.seashepherd.nl

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Sent: Friday, July 29, 2005 4:02 PM

RIC O'BARRY AND JAPAN

From Animal-NET

Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005
From: "Richard O'Barry" ricobarry@bellsouth.net
www.savetaijidolphins.org

Subject: Save the Dolphins: Boycott Japan? Update 6

Save the Dolphins: Boycott Japan?

By Ric O'Barry, One Voice-France

We have received a great deal of international correspondence lately suggesting that we "Boycott Japan" as a strategy to solve the drive fisheries problem. Although we are not telling other NGOs what their strategy should be, I wanted to clarify that we think a boycott of Japan is a big mistake. Having been to Japan and witnessed the dolphin slaughter up-close and personal, we can report with absolute certainty that the Japanese people are not guilty of these crimes against nature. From what we saw, 26 whalers in 13 boats drive the dolphins into a cove and slaughter them. The vast majority of the people in Taiji and surrounding villages are exceptionally friendly, and they should not be targeted and punished for something they are not guilty of.

I spent most of 1975-76 traveling from Coconut Grove, Florida, to several cities in the United States and eventually Japan with scores of Japanese and American musicians/environmentalists such as Fred Neil, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Shigado Izumia, Warren Zevon, Harry Hossano, John Sebastian, Governor Jerry Brown, Paul Winter Consort and a great many other concerned artists. We were known as "The Rolling Coconut Review," and we were trying to put a stop to the BOYCOTT JAPAN, SAVE THE WHALES campaign. Eventually we succeeded. The boycott was the chosen strategy of most of the well-funded US animal welfare/environmental groups who pooled their money and took out full page advertisements in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. to get their boycott message out to the American public. This misguided campaign did not save any whales. However, as a direct result of the BOYCOTT JAPAN campaign, Japanese/American children were beaten up on the playgrounds of the USA and called "Jap whale killers." (Jap is a derogatory term) Surely, this is not a situation that we would want to create once again.

The Japanese people don't need a boycott. They need access to the information that we take for granted. If they knew the truth about the dolphin slaughter, they would help us stop it. The fishermen who hunt and kill dolphins in Taiji agree with us. They revealed this during a meeting we had with them at Taiji City Hall. When they asked us why we had come to Taiji, we told them we wanted to document the methods used to conduct the dolphin massacres and let the Japanese people know the truth about this hunt. The fishermen's reply was: "The Japanese people have no right to know about the dolphin slaughter. It is none of their business."



But the Japanese people have every right to know about the dolphin massacres that are carried out in their own country, and we will continue to travel to these remote fishing villages to document what is going on. The fishermen in Taiji spend most of their time hiding their activities. They have erected a roof of blue tarp over the lagoon in which the dolphins are killed, to prevent us from documenting the massacres. They cover up the dead bodied with plastic and butcher the dolphins in a slaughterhouse that is completely covered up. They are paranoid about being photographed while killing dolphins. They know that if the images reach the Japanese public, their days as dolphin hunters are numbered. They will not be able to find public support to continue the practice.



I hereby urge you to approach the Japanese people in a respectful and peaceful manner. It is the Japanese people who hold the key to stopping the dolphin massacres. In order to make this happen, we need to build bridges between us, not burn them.



We need to work with the Japanese people, not against them.



Condemning a whole nation for the actions of a few people is simply unfair. A better strategy would be to isolate the few people who are guilty of killing the dolphins from the rest of the Japanese population who are totally unaware of the problem.

Our chance to expose these crimes against nature and to isolate the guilty from the innocent will come on October 8th. If everyone who attends the demo will bring a friend, our numbers would double. How's that for a concept?

As you can see, the list grows stronger with every passing day. This is very encouraging.

Japan Dolphin Day: List of Participants
a.. America's Whale Alliance ~ San Francisco
b.. Animal Friends ~ Croatia
c.. Animalisti Italiani Onlus ~ Rome
d.. Animals Voice.com ~ Seattle
e.. Animal Welfare Institute ~ Washington DC
f.. Blue Voice ~ San Francisco
g.. Bite Back ~ Brussels
h.. Born Free Foundation ~ London
i.. British Divers Marine Life Rescue ~ London
j.. Campaign Whale ~ London
k.. Captive Animals Protection Society ~ London
l.. Captive Dolphin Awareness Foundation ~ Huston
m.. Catastrophes ~ London
n.. Cetacean Defense ~ London
o.. Cetacean Society International ~ New York City
p.. COMARINO ~ Mexico City
q.. Committee for a Dolphinarium-Free Belgium ~ Brussels
r.. Dolphin Encountours ~ Mozambique
s.. Dolphin Project ~ Miami
t.. Earth Island Institute ~ San Francisco, Manila
u.. ECOTERRA ~ Nairobi
v.. EDEV ~ Den Haag
w.. Environmental Investigative Agency ~ London
x.. GAIA ~ Brussels
y.. GEVHA ~ Barcelona and Madrid
z.. Green Beings Global Animation Studio ~ San Francisco
aa.. Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society ~ Hong Kong
ab.. HSUS ~ Washington DC
ac.. In Defense of Animals ~ San Francisco
ad.. International Animal Rescue ~ London
ae.. Irish Seal Sanctuary ~ Dublin
af.. Kepangi Makili ~ Solomon Islands
ag.. Last Chance for Animals ~ Los Angeles
ah.. Marine Connection ~ London
ai.. New York Whale and Dolphin Action League ~ New York City
aj.. Nomades des Océans ~ Paris
ak.. Ocean Care (ASMS) ~ Bern
al.. Ocean Defense International ~ San Francisco
am.. One Voice ~ Paris, Marseille, Miami
an.. Philippine Society for the Protection of Animals ~ Manila
ao.. Rattle the Cage ~ Miami
ap.. Re-Earth ~ Nassau, Bahamas Islands
aq.. Reseau-Cetaces ~ Paris
ar.. Sea Shepherd ~ Vienna, Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Budapest, Istanbul, London, Den Haag, Strasbourg
as.. SHARK ~ Chicago
at.. Sea Vita ~ Caracas
au.. SOS Grand Bleu ~ Marseille
av.. Vier Photen ~ Switzerland
aw.. United Action for Animals ~ New York City
ax.. WDCS ~ London
ay.. Whale Workshop ~ London
az.. Wild Earth Foundation ~ Argentina
ba.. WSPA ~ London
bb.. Zoo Check Canada ~ Toronto
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