Starting from September 1st all the way through to the end of March, fishermen in Taiji, Japan go out in ‘banger boats’ every day (with exceptions) to unexpectedly ambush dolphins while they are en-route to their migration grounds. These fishermen, also called killermen, look for a pod of dolphins, corral them by banging on long poles emerged into the water used to scare the dolphins (caused by their ultra sensitive hearing) into a Cove where they are then trapped/confined by nets awaiting to be either sold to worldwide dolphinariums and marine parks, or more commonly, a cruel and brutal death.
Every year these actions are taken and end with taking the lives of nearly 2,000 dolphins from the oceans. Every year the boats go out and more commonly than not, come back in chasing a pod of dolphins..
To read more go to Ocean Advocates United – Dolphin Meat in Taiji.. A Killer from the Killers
Japanâ€™s taste for whale meat has helped spur dramatic televised confrontations on the high seas between whalers and anti-whaling activists. Sadly, the Japanese are not the only population consuming whale and dolphin meat.
via A Taste For Flipper.
I’d like to introduce you all to a wonderful young man who I am just getting to know. He has a wonderful blog and updates it often with the latest details regarding the 2011-2012 dolphin slaughter season. The great thing about this blog is it is written by a 13 year old student who is out there making a difference, something we can all learn a life lesson from. Here is a link to his blog:
Ocean Advocates United – All Taiji Hunt Updates
On another note I ran across this article about another young person standing up for what she believes in. This young girl, 16, took her first ever summer job so that she might rent out a big hall and do a screening of the movie, The Cove. How wonderful is that!! It is inspiring to see tomorrow’s Ric O’barry’s today. Here is a link to that wonderful story: