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Global Condemnations: Acts of Harassment & Vandalism Perpetrated by Japan’s Gov Agents

Posted by feww on January 7, 2016

Messages of support, sympathy and anger condemn Japanese gov. aggression

FIRE-EARTH Moderators have received hundreds of messages from our colleague and affiliates throughout the world strongly condemning the acts of harassment, vandalism and intimidation that are being perpetrated against our colleague in Japan by Abe government and their supporters.

We thank everyone and the organizations for their expressions of support.

  • W12 advisers have suggested a call to boycott Japanese products, which we are currently reviewing.
  • Other suggestions to shame the Japanese government are also being reviewed by the Science Team.

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Japanese Terrorists Vandalize Our Colleague’s Car – Third Time

Posted by feww on January 6, 2016

Fire-Earth contributor’s car vandalized by terrorists in Wakayama, Japan – 3rd time since August

Supporters of the warmongering PM of Japan continue to terrorize our colleague in Wakayama. 

  • Cost of replacing the damaged car tires: about $230.

Massacring defenseless dolphins and terrorizing anyone who objects to their inhumanity!

Before Abe became prime minister of Japan, our colleague was targeted by local thugs because of his views against the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Wakayama.

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Planet of the Abe’s Membership of Zoos & Aquariums Suspended

Posted by feww on May 10, 2015

Cruelty to dolphins: Japan’s membership of Zoos and Aquariums suspended

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has suspended Japan’s membership following a unanimous vote by its council.

WAZA is the “umbrella” organization for the world zoos and aquariums, with its  permanent Executive Office based in Berne, Switzerland.

WAZA said it regards the dolphin drive hunting, a brutal fishery method practiced in Taiji  (Wakayama Prefecture), “cruel” to dolphins and has therefore suspended Japan’s membership.

Dolphin drive hunting is a method of hunting dolphins by driving them together with boats into a bay where they are encircled and their escape route to the open waters is blocked with nets. The dolphins are then harpooned, or clubbed to death, with a few captured (live takes) and sold to aquariums (dolphinariums).

However, WAZA itself has been the target of a court action launched by conservationists for “effectively approving the cruel dolphin hunts,” said a report.


Taiji Sea of Red. Click image to enlarge. Sea Shepard

The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), which takes dolphins from the hunt, had rejected a WAZA proposal for a two-year moratorium on drive hunting.

JAZA has 153 zoos and aquariums in Japan, with 30 of the outlets holding dolphins in their dolphinariums, according to reports.

Some 5,000 dolphins have been viciously killed at Taiji, with a further 750 live takes sold to dolphinariums worldwide since 2010, according to the whale and dolphin database Ceta Base.

WAZA suspended Japan’s membership on April 21.

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Evil Japan Begins Annual Dolphin Slaughter

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

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Kamikaze nation slaughters over 2,000 dolphins each year

Each year, between September and May, the mutant kamikaze turdletts kill more than 2,000 dolphins, as part of their “cultural heritage.”

The butchered dolphins are used for food, despite the fact that the meat is tainted with high levels of mercury.

The massacre occurs in Taiji, a coastal town of 3,500 people in the backwater Japanese prefecture of Wakayama.

While Most of the dolphins are killed for their meat, many are sold live to aquariums around the globe. The most attractive specimens are sold for more than $100,000 each.

‘Barbaric’ Killing Ritual

The animals are massacred using a technique known as “drive hunting” which the Sea Shepherd’s campaign coordinator for the Taiji project, described as “barbaric.”

“Using metal banger poles to create a wall of sound to disorient and deafen the pod… forces them to swim away from the boats and into the shallows of the killing cove,” she said.

“Once netted into the cove, the dolphins are literally wrangled and tethered, often sustaining bloody wounds [… ] The dolphin hunters use large metal rods to penetrate the spinal cord. This is hammered into the dolphins and small whales. The dolphins do not die immediately, but are left to either bleed out from internal injuries or drown in their own blood.”


Taiji Sea of Red. Click image to enlarge.

The slaughter sparked renewed global criticism after Caroline Kennedy, the US ambassador to Japan, expressed her concern at the “inhumaneness” of the hunt.

“It’s eerie,” commented actress Shannen Doherty after visiting Taiji last week to witness the slaughter. “You wonder how they (the butchers) are able to go to bed at night […] I think being here rocks even the most hardened human being, because it is just atrocious.”

The annual hunt, which officially began on September 1, moved into high gear today.

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Japanese Driving Eel to Extinction

Posted by feww on June 15, 2014

SPECIES EXTINCTION
ENDANGERED SPECIES
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Japanese eel at risk of extinction:  IUCN

Japanese eel (Anguilla japonicais) is at risk of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global conservation group based in Switzerland.

The group placed the eel  on its Red List on Thursday, which classes Japanese eels as “endangered.”

An endangered species is one which has been categorized by IUCN as likely to become extinct, or the second most severe conservation status for wild populations, following “critically endangered.”

Overfishing, shrinking  habitats, changes in sea current and deterioration of water quality are cited by IUCN as grounds for the designation.

The list is not legally binding; however, it would probably make little or no difference to the Japanese who have already begun whaling in defiance of the International Court of Justice recent ruling.

Se also: Japan Kills 30 Whales in 1st Hunt Since ICJ Ruling

IUCN Red List

All known mammal species have been assessed using the IUCN Red List categories and criteria, according to the group.

The term “Threatened” refers to those species classified under the IUCN Red List categories of Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered.

Of the 5,487 mammal species assessed, nearly one-quarter of species (22.2 %) are globally threatened or extinct, representing 1,219 species. Seventy-six of the 1,219 species are considered to be Extinct (EX), and two Extinct in the Wild (EW).

Some 3,079 animals and 2,655 plant species are now endangered (EN) globally, compared with about 1,100 in each category, just 15 years ago.

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Activists File Lawsuit to Highlight Annual Dolphin Massacre in Japan

Posted by feww on May 15, 2014

Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunt Is a Mass Slaughter, Not a Tradition

Environmental activists are suing an aquarium in Taiji, Japan, a town made infamous by its annual dolphin slaughters, for denying them entry.

Earth Island Institute’s Dolphin Project and Save Japan Dolphins Campaign have filed a lawsuit on behalf of dolphins caught in the bloody drive hunts in Taiji, and in particular “Angel,” a rare albino bottlenose calf separated from its parents and kept in appalling conditions in an aquarium at Taiji Whale Museum, said Save Japan Dolphins.

When asked what happened to its parents, Taiji museum dolphin trainer said: “We don’t know for sure. They may have become meat,” AP reported.

“The lawsuit asserts that the Museum behaves illegally by denying entrance to dolphin welfare experts and observers on the basis of their opinion and race. This conduct is in breach of the Japanese constitution, which protects equal access to public places for all law-abiding people.”

The aquarium refused entry to former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, 74, to prevent him from  checking on the white baby dolphin he calls Angel,  it has in captivity.

The Cove -- OPS
A Day at The Cove! Image credit: Oceanic Preservation Society.

“They don’t want people like me to go into the Taiji Whale Museum to monitor Angel,” O’Barry said on Thursday.

“This is the largest slaughter of dolphins on planet Earth,” he said. “Hundreds of thousands of dolphins have died there, in the most brutal way imaginable. Angel is the symbol of all of that. That is why she is so important.”

“Angel is living in hell,” said O’Barry. “This one small dolphin has become a global representative of the thousands of dolphins slaughtered and captured each year in Taiji.”

The Japanese government aggressively defends the dolphin drive hunt as tradition, a preposterous claim because the mass slaughter  began in 1969, and in  the face of international opposition, including from numerous celebrities.

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Massacred in Japan

Posted by feww on December 19, 2011

Image of the Day: Sea of Dolphin Blood


Image copyrighted by Sea Shepared see Blog’s Fair Use Notice.


Taiji Sea of Red. Click image to enlarge.

“Killing Nation, Killing Town”

“The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into a shallow bays and mercilessly stab and drown them to death.”  Sea Shepard

“The Taiji Slaughter Cove”

“As many as 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japanese waters each year[1]. Most (18,000 of that number) are Dall’s porpoises killed at sea by harpoon in the northern part of the country.  The March 11, 2011, tsunami destroyed much of the infrastructure associated with this slaughter.  It remains to be seen if the slaughter will revive to its pre-earthquake numbers.”

“Most of the dolphins and small whales captured in the Taiji FU drive hunts are killed and the meat is sold in for human consumption.  Respected scientists the world over report on the high levels of mercury and other contaminants in the meat of these animals, but many Taiji locals ignore these warnings.  They often say that there are plenty of old people around who ate dolphin all their lives, and they unfortunately accept the propaganda served to them by the Japanese government that the levels and threat of mercury in the meat is not significant.”

“This year (September 2011 – August 2012) the Taiji FU has a permitted quota for 2,165 dolphins and other small whales[2].” History of Taiji’s Cetacean Kill

Taiji, is located on the eastern shore of Wakayama Prefecture.

Following the arrest of Dutch citizen Erwin Vermeulen three days ago, Wakayama police has now raided the hotel where Sea Shepherd cove guardians and a Save Japan Dolphins monitor are staying.

In a desperate act and “an attempt to muzzle free speech and to cover-up the horrific slaughter of the dolphins at the Cove,” the Japanese police have confiscated the monitors’ property including “all laptops, cameras, phones” and other monitoring equipment, Sea Shepard said on their website.

[1] The actual numbers each year vary.  20,000 is on the high end.  The reported numbers in recent years are dropping.

[2] Bottlenose dolphin – 652,  Striped Dolphin – 450,  Spotted Dolphin – 400,  Risso’s Dolphin – 275,  Long-finned Pilot Whale – 184,  Pacific White-sided Dolphin – 134,  False Killer Whale – 70.

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