I attended the protest against the Taiji Drive hunting opposite the Japanese Embassy in London on Friday 7th November 2014. For information on this and future protests visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-against-the-Dolphin-Massacre-Taiji-Japan/212520505611738?fref=nf
Dominic Dyer gave a speech, Ric O’Barry was there too and the energy was high as we pushed the message “Enough is enough”. Indeed Enough is enough on so many levels. We have depleted enough ocean life, interfered with eco systems, put animals through suffering, objectified dolphins/orcas and other animals and used them for our entertainment for long enough. Enough is enough for me too of people who are just so absorbed in their quest for the next fix of entertainment or consumer goods that they just carry on regardless as though all this animal cruelty and exploitation has nothing to do wth them.
Remember the accusations that were going around after the death of Princess Diana when we were told that anyone who had bought newspapers to look at her image were part of the cause of her death when the paparazzi were hounding her? Well it is the same with Taiji drive hunting.
If you buy a ticket to a dolphin show you are entangled with drive hunting. It is not the fishing that keeps that crew afloat but the live capture and training of “suitable” dolphins for human entertainment. It is not rocket science to work out that if there is no demand then there will be no need to supply.
Today, November 16th Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians reported
The hunters of Taiji have slaughtered yet another pod of Risso’s.
At 7:05am, the Cove Guardians spotted the hunting vessels approximately 10-12 miles off the coast and noticed that they were in drive formation, greedily pushing a pod of dolphins toward the cove.
During the drive, the pod almost outsmarted the hunters when they split apart in order to escape, however they were ultimately outmatched and overpowered by the steel death machines, banger poles, slap paddles and 22 ruthless men.
While the defenseless dolphins were netted into the cove, awaiting death, they became so desperate to escape, they began to jump the nets and throw themselves onto the rocks and beach.
Ultimately, the hunters murdered the entire pod, which consisted of approximately 18-20 dolphins, including adults, juveniles and babies.
— at Taiji Japan.