Monday, September 14, 2015

"I almost got in the water and maybe I should have.”

(Photo: YouTube)

(Photo: YouTube)Terrified dolphin hurls itself at feet of 'The Cove' activist Ric O’Barry to escape hunters
In heartbreaking video captured by an American conservationist, a dolphin is seen throwing itself onto the shore in an attempt to escape hunters.
Shot by Ric O’Barry, founder of The Dolphin Project, during Japan’s mass dolphin slaughter, the footage shows the animals trying to escape from boats of fishermen. 
O’Barry was featured in the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove,’ which captures and questions Japan’s controversial six-month dolphin hunt. The practice involves herding migrating dolphins from deeper waters into a cove, where they are netted and killed with spears and knives.
O’Barry was arrested last week near the town of Taiji on the eve of the dolphin hunt for allegedly not carrying a passport. He was released the next day, allowing him to capture this footage. 
In the video, Risso dolphins are seen tangled in netting, while others try to escape and end up in the shallow water. One panicked dolphin hurls itself at O’Barry’s feet, who insists he will be “arrested immediately” if he intervenes to help.
“This is anguish,” he says, while shooting the struggling dolphin. “[He’s] panic-stricken on the rocks, and I am heartbroken that I can’t get in the water and help him away from … he’s tearing his skin up. This is awful.”
A boat of fishermen proceed to pull the animal back into the water. It eventually sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor.
“It breaks my heart,” he says. “This is so stressful. This is so difficult to witness. I almost got in the water. I almost got in the water and maybe I should have.”
Commercial whaling is banned in Japan, though the country claims the practice is for scientific research.

The Taiji fishermen have just restarted the cruel dolphin slaughter.
12 Risso’s dolphins -- panicked and ripped from their families --  were herded into the Cove, stabbed, and butchered.  The mercury-laden dolphin meat will be sold to markets and may even be fed to unsuspecting schoolchildren.  More dolphins will be snatched and sold into desperate lives in captive aquarium tanks. 
The Japanese Government authorized the killing of 1873 dolphins this season, perpetuating the barbaric slaughter.  
But we must stand up and respond.  I hope I can count on your help.  DONATE HERE
Outside media pressure on the cruel slaughter in Taiji is important. But it is not enough.  
We must build in-country Japanese opposition to stop the sale of toxic dolphin meat, stop patronizing the aquariums buying dolphins from Taiji, and build public awareness in Japan -- especially among young people  -- that the killing of dolphins must end.

There are signs of hope.  After a 10-year campaign, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) will finally suspend any Japanese aquarium buying dolphins from Taiji.

We’re blacklisting any aquariums that quit the Association to get around the ban, starting with the notorious Taiji Whale Museum. Along with our colleagues at Australia for Dolphins, we are in court against them right now for blocking entrance to westerners to check the status of Taiji dolphins. 

We must expand outreach within Japan with a message to stop patronizing any zoos and aquariums on the blacklist. 

When aquarium dolphin purchases from Taiji dry up, the Taiji dolphin drive fishery will collapse.  

Help us work with our Japanese colleagues to stop false labeling, sale, and consumption of mercury poisoned dolphin meat. Some of this meat has mercury levels 30 times higher than the maximum set by the Japanese Health Ministry.

When markets stop selling dolphin meat and people stop buying it, the Taiji dolphin slaughter will cease FOREVER. DONATE HERE

We must reach more people in Japan with the message that it is time for safe food products and safe oceans with protection for all dolphins. 

False labeling and sale of dolphin meat must be stopped.  

Wild dolphin and whale watching is sustainable and profitable rather than cruel and shameful.

We’re currently sponsoring a Japanese organization bringing groups of kids living near the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster to week-long programs on Mikura Island where they learn about nature and swim with wild, protected dolphins. It is making a difference. Check out details below.

We can stop the Taiji slaughters with your help. We appreciate your support and will not quit until dolphins and whales get the protection they need and deserve.

Which Future for Dolphins in Japan?
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Above: The gruesome dolphin slaughter at the Taiji Cove

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Above: Protected dolphins of Mikura Island, Japan, where we sponsor a program

Take Action:

Please sign our petition to Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen and Prime Minister Abe for a halt to the Taiji slaughter and the capture of dolphins for the live trade to aquariums. 

News coverage of Taiji in Newsweek and The Japan Times

New Campaign Updates at our Save Japan Dolphins Blog Page
Save Japan Dolphins is a part of Earth Island Institute which is a tax-deductible organization under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Our Tax-ID number is 94-2889684. Earth Island Institute gets highest marks from the Charity Navigator rating bureau. 

Song Produced by Pat Aeby (Krokus, etc.).

All Video Footage for all Sunset Music videos was done using the GoPro Hero! 

Thanks especially to the tireless and what is endless work of the people that are trying to stop all Dolphin Hunting and Capturing in every way, and thanks to any participants who please, if you want to be credited in any way, contact us now at We will do it that minute. 

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