Save Japan’s Dolphins! (2 Comments)



The only way to stop the dolphin slaughter is to keep showing up in these remote villages and going on patrol. We will continue monitoring, advocating, filming, and bringing international media attention to the dolphin slaughter and the related captures. One of the main reasons that the killing continues is that very few people — in Japan and around the world — even know it is happening. Worldwide exposure of the slaughter is the key to stopping it.

When the hunt is over each day, the bodies of the dolphins are hauled away to the slaughterhouse for processing. Our team tries to photograph the butchering in order to get the information out to the Japanese people, but we are constantly blocked by the Taiji dolphin killers. They don’t want the public to know about their dirty, little secret, so they spend a lot of time covering it up. They know that if  the Japanese public and the world learn the truth about this barbaric practice, world opinion would immediately put an end to it.

The whalers in Taiji told us not to take any photographs. They said that if our photos and video footage get out to the rest of the world, it would pressure the authorities in Tokyo to deny them permits for the annual dolphin slaughter.

Our campaign has brought tremendous international attention to the slaughter. The killings are carried out in remote fishing villages, and the dolphin hunters are not used to being monitored and exposed to this degree. It is becoming more and more difficult for them to keep the slaughter a secret from the world.

We need to continue returning to Japan to document the dolphin massacres and give the photos and video footage away to the media, free of charge. We will continue to encourage journalists to return to Japan with us. Exposing these crimes against nature is crucial to the success of our campaign.

We need your help to get the word out quickly.

Help keep our team on the ground in Japan.

2 Responses to “Save Japan’s Dolphins!”

    1. Albert Yome April 29th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      The Gibraltar Ornithological & Natural History Society (GONHS), is opposing a proposal for a dolphinarium in Gibraltar.

      We have learnt that the dolphinarium’s ‘exhibits’ would be sourced from Japan. We’re going to need all the help we can get, so please get in touch with GONHS if you our your organisation can help.

      International pressure on the Government of Gibraltar may become crucial if we are to defeat this proposal.

      Thank you

    1. Pangaseed September 29th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      A huge thanks to all of you who sent letters to Mayor Kenichi Kanemaru of Tateyama City, Japan requesting the immediate release of the two captive whale sharks. At the moment, no action has been taken on behalf of the mayor or Hasama Ocean Park
      so it’s time to start our second wave of the action. We need your help today!

      The clock is ticking so to keep building momentum in defense of the two whale sharks, we’ve created a global petition on the Care2 Petition Site which members of PangeaSeed will personally deliver with your signature to Mayor Kanemaru and the facilitators of Hasama Ocean Park where the whale sharks are being held captive. We’ve already reached our initial goal of 1000 signatures! Together, lets push for more!


      Or copy the address here:

      Captive whale shark info:

      On July 25 and August 10 two whale sharks were caught by Japanese fishermen off the coast of Tateyama-Chiba prefecture, Japan. The two whale sharks are currently held in a 50×50 meter space, 7 meters tall, that is cordoned off by a net.

      While waiting for an aquarium to house the whale sharks, facilitators are taking the opportunity to profit by letting 40 divers inside the enclosure daily, as well as boat tours, creating a lot of stress to the whale sharks. In addition, the tiny enclosure forces the sharks to make a lot of sharp turns, causing it to burn off its energy very fast.

      The man-made environment can also not cater to a whale shark’s special feeding requirements. In short, its inability to adapt to this captivity will drastically reduce the sharks lifespan.

      What you can do to help save the two whale sharks:

      *Sign the Care2 petition and send it along to friends, family, and contacts urging them to do the same.

      * Copy the PDF letter below and continue to send the letter directly to the mayor of Tateyama asking for the release of the two whale sharks.


      * Open a new e-mail.

      * Copy the e-mail address and Japanese title in the link below in your e-mail. (As the mayor might not speak English, we are sending this letter in Japanese).

      * Then open the PDF file and with the cursor tool, copy the letter in your e-mail (you can read what you are sending in the English translation below the Japanese letter).

      * Add your name and send. Please share this link and urge your friends, family, and contacts to do the same!


      The following link contains the PDF letter in English and Japanese addressed to the mayor of Tateyama in Chiba, Japan asking for the immediate release of two captive whale sharks recently caught off the coast of Japan:

      PDF Letter

      Please open the PDF letter available in Japanese with English translation. Select the entire Japanese text and copy/paste into the body of an email, add your name under “Best Regards”, and send all mails to Mayor Kenichi Kanemaru at the following email address and title:

      E-mail Address:

      Email Title: 館山市長 金丸 謙一 殿 / Free the Whale Sharks in Tateyama.

      The following link leads to the webpage, with photos, for the Hasama Ocean Park

      where the whale sharks are currently being held captive.

      Thank you for your support. Save the sharks, save the oceans, save ourselves.

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