As I swim joyfully in the deep blue sea, I am surrounded by my friends and family and we are traveling towards the Pacific ocean.
“BANG” “BANG” “BANG”
What’s this noise?
They’re chasing after us. We are swimming as fast as we can.
I’m so tired.
I’m blacking out. I can’t focus. I can’t breathe. Where am I going?
Where is mom, dad and my baby?
Oh no, we are all trapped.
We’re all led to this shallow cove. We’re exhausted… I want to hug my baby, but where did she go?
She’s crying. She needs me. Where is she?
Wait, what’re you doing to my baby? Stop! You can’t do this. No, you can’t drive a metal spike into her head. You’ll kill her! She’s in deep pain. I can’t help her.
Cannibalism, anyone? Barbaric Cruelty to Highly Intelligent Creatures for Toxic Meat.
Highly intelligent. Friendly. Fun-loving. Free. Protectors of the ocean. They are the dolphins. As matter of fact, they are somewhat similar to us – they like to have sex, they like to play, and they like to touch each other, and they have feelings.
I cannot imagine the pain these dolphins go through when they wait to be slaughtered, when they see their babies and family members being killed in front of them, when they are terrified & trapped in a zoo being forced to perform for human beings.
Around 25,000 dolphins are killed and captured every year in Taiji Japan for commercial use, be it for their meat or for captivity in zoos and amusement park.
Bleeding and terrified dolphins are herded into net cages, dragged to shore or to shallow cove waters where they remain until slaughtering, which a metal pin will then be driven slowly into their neck.
Weighing at around 800 pounds, these dolphins will not attack despite their sharp teeth and powerful tails, perhaps given their highly sensitive and emotional nature. And the Japanese fishermen exploits that for the dolphin trade, even though dolphin meat contains extremely high levels of contaminants such as mercury, cadmium and PCBs.
“Humane Killing. Really?” Still Alive After Metal Rod Driven Into Spine.
Citing research purposes, as well as humane killing – “In my country the time to death has been shortened year after year and now more than half the animals are killed instantaneously and we are proud of that data, and that improvement”, the Japanese government and fishermen are continuing to kill many innocent marine mammals given commercial and nationalist reasons. A covert video, however, shows a dolphin still alive four minutes and 14 seconds after the first rod is plunged repeatedly into its back.
Even though the dolphins belong to the ocean, Japanese fishermen claim that these magnificent creatures which pass by their territory belong to Japan. So does it mean that just because I travel to Japan, or travel via Japan, I’m considered Japanese? 😉
As September 1st is approaching, thousands of dolphins will be slaughtered in Japan, turning the Cove in Taiji Japan into blood red.
Why should you care?
Because we’re also a part of the ocean. Dolphins are at the top of the food chain in the ocean, and protecting dolphins actually protects all marine animals in the dolphins’ ecosystem, as well as the ecosystem and environment itself. Monitoring dolphins that live in coastal areas protects not only marine animals, but also humans because we share many of the same sea foods and consequences of pollution.
Happy Dolphins. Happy Ocean. How can you make a difference?
Even though you may live far away from Japan, you can do something easy as sharing the news and spreading the message out.
Take the time to watch the award winning documentary The Cove below and share it with others!
I’m also helping the Earth Island Institute raising funding for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project . Check my campaign out!
You can also visit the sites below, take action, spread the word & donate.
Dolphins are our friends, not food. They belong in the ocean. Please help save the dolphins by spreading the word out.
As September 1st is approaching, I urge you to take action.
You too, can make a difference.
*Featured Image Source: Dolphin Project