Monday, August 29, 2011

Looking back at our first trip to Japan VIDEO 4

After last years Cove Guardian campaign, Sea Shepherd estimates that the amount of dolphins killed in the Cove was cut in half and we hope that this year our presence in Taiji will do the same.  This year is going to be a lot tougher to get any possible vantage points on the hunt because of steps taken by the Japanese government to prevent the public from seeing anything.  I can't even imagine how much money the Japanese government is putting into security at the Cove right now.  We have seen the new 'task force' being trained in Taiji, and we have seen the new security fences.  Why are they putting so much effort into protecting this awful hunt?  We also know that there is a really good chance our blog is being monitored so I have a few questions for the Japanese government....

Why is it that the Japanese government continues to allow POISON dolphin meat to be sold legally in Japan when they know the mercury levels are well above the limit?  

Why is it that the Japanese government continues to allow dolphins and porpoises to be dismembered while fully conscious in a National Park?  

And why is it that the Japanese government continues to disregard International laws protecting cetaceans?  

This next video I am sharing was taken by myself in Otsuchi, Japan this March.   To be honest, I think it's incredibly shameful that the government of Japan would be spending so much money on ridiculous security in Taiji when many of the cities in North East Japan remain in ruins and many citizens are still without a place to live.  Wouldn't it be more compassionate to direct those funds elsewhere? 

Marley Daviduk
Cetacean Defense League

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