Taiji Dolphin Slaughter Update – two additional actions

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Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians and CNN, are reporting that the Taiji slaughter of dolphins is finished for this particular capture. Though the figures of dolphins killed and those sold into slavery to aquariums for “entertainment” differ between the two reports, Sea Shepherd’s numbers were specific while CNN’s vague and quoted from Tokyo sources.

Lolita Killer Whale

Additional Actions to take: After reading the Sea Shepherd accounting (below), and the evidence presented by Rick O’Barry of the Dolphin Project that these kills are not 400 year-old traditions please take these two additional actions. It is still important to let the Japanese government know you are not forgetting this barbaric travesty. So, in addition to yesterdays Action steps, please email your protest directly to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html You will see a form to fill in. Then, send a note to Gerald Dick the CEO of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. He could end future captures and killings enforcing WAZA’s code of ethics: Dr. Gerald Dick / gerald.dick@waza.org

Reports / Documentation from Taiji 2014

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians describes the scene on 21 January 2014:

“For the fifth straight day the killers of Taiji, Japan inflicted further pain and suffering on 42 of the 250 Bottlenose dolphins that were herded into the cove. After the killers arrived at daybreak they pushed the first Bottlenose dolphin pod to the killing shore with the same inhumane muscle and force typical in Taiji. Unfortunately, however, the pod that fought so hard in the previous days was unable fight from lack of food, exhaustion, and injuries sustained from killers and motors over the last five days. …

… A total of 93 Bottlenose dolphins were taken from the ocean in the past 5 days by the barbaric killers and trainers of Taiji, Japan. The killers claim the barbaric drive, starvation, beating, and murdering of dolphins is their culture. However, they continue to try and hide their actions and make millions of dollars off of the captive industry that is used for funding the slaughter. Total: 52 captives / 41 deaths / 130-140 driven back out to sea.” https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.279034838913420.1073741883.109164785900427&type=1

From the Dolphin Project, correcting history

Unfortunately, media continue to not challenge the Japan government’s propaganda that this is an ancient cultural tradition. From Dolphin Project’s Rick O’Berry we’ve excerpted part of their 20 January media release: “Taiji Dolphin Hunt Not a Tradition”.

Claims being made by the Japanese government to the media and the public that the Taiji dolphin drive hunts, … are part of Japan’s “traditional culture” are completely false.  … 

One of Japan’s foremost defenders of the dolphins, our colleague Sakae Hemmi of the Elsa Nature Conservancy of Japan, submitted a letter a few weeks ago to Dr. Gerald Dick, Executive Director of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), which includes as a member the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), one of whose members is the Taiji Whale Museum, which brokers dolphins from the dolphin hunts around the world.

 Dr. Dick responded to Elsa stating that WAZA would not take action against the hunts:  “As you know, in some Japanese communities these drives have been part of the culture for centuries.”  This same false claim is now being made to the media by the Japanese government.

“This claim of ‘Japanese tradition’ is nonsense,” stated Ric O’Barry, Director of Earth Island’s Dolphin Project. “The dolphin drive hunts, according to the town’s own written history, says a couple of drive hunts occurred in 1936 and 1944, but the current series of hunts only began in 1969.”

Ms. Hemmi has replied… “In fact, the history of dolphin hunting in Taiji is short. According to The History of Taiji, edited and published by Taiji town in 1979, the first recorded dolphin drive was in 1933, with subsequent hunts occurring in 1936 and 1944. It was not until 1969 that dolphin drives have been conducted on a large scale. The history of the dolphin drives spans not so-called 400 years, but a mere 45. Furthermore, in 1969, the main goal of the dolphin drive was to capture pilot whales as prized showpieces for the Taiji Whale Museum. In other words, the dolphin drive was purely for profit, having nothing to do with cultural history.” See more at http://savejapandolphins.org/blog/post/taiji-dolphin-drive-hunt-is-not-a-tradition

Green Vegans thanks the many people and their organizations who had to bear witness to this butchery so that the world would have eyes.

 

Alert Letter to Stop Idaho from killing more wolves

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npbtn-action-greenThe War on Wolves will not be ending soon. Wolves across the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere need your long-term commitment to act frequently in opposition to standard wildlife management practices. Anti-wolf, coyote, and fox policies are just part of the overall corruption of state and federal wildlife management agencies. We have to change this.We will post our 2014-15 Campaign list Sunday. It includes steps to take in the reformation of wildlife management agency mission statements, legislated mandates, and policies.

The Green Vegans response is the vegan new human ecology: the end of animal agriculture; fewer people on the planet; and our insistence agencies operate for the best interests of ecosystems, not the demands from fringe groups—the hunters and trappers. We must end grazing on public lands regulated by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Native herbivore wildlife and the species that prey upon them belong there, not livestock. Humanity has to withdraw from, not continuously expand into and occupy, wildlife habitat. Thanks to “Exposing the Big Game” / Jim Robertson for alerting us to the Defenders of Wildlife action.

Defenders of Wildlife has the form letter already set up for you. Please go to: https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2679

Thank you.

Idaho Contest Ends with 23 Coyotes Killed

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iStock_000008330410XSmallAccording to Reuters, 23 coyotes, zero wolves, were killed as a result of “The First Annual 2-Day Wolf and Coyote Derby” held in Salmon, Idaho. Though the media states some 250 hunters participated in the hunt, earlier reports noted that many of them came to support the organizer but not actually go out with guns to shoot wolves and coyotes. It’s unclear if these non-hunting supporters paid the various entry fees to the organization responsible for offering prizes, Idaho for Wildlife”. Though listed as a state nonprofit organization, they do not appear on any IRS sources as a tax-exempt, federally recognized nonprofit organization.    

See these two links for media summaries and quotes.

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/12/30/2949704/21-coyotes-no-wolves-shot-in-disputed.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/31/us-usa-hunt-idaho-idUSBRE9BU02J20131231

Green Vegans will be following up with responses to our letters from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office section that represents Idaho Fish and Game, and the Idaho Department of Taxation. That’s it for 2013. We will carry this forward to 2014 and increase our efforts in Washington State and Oregon. Thank you for your support.

“No wolves shot on 1st day of Salmon, Idaho, hunting derby”

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From the Missoulian / Associated Press

December 29, 2013

iStock_000008330410XSmallBOISE, Idaho — Organizers of a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in central Idaho say about 200 people signed up but only about 50 or 60 are hunters and the rest are just offering support for the event.

Steve Alder says no wolves had been reported shot late Saturday, the first day of the event that ends late Sunday afternoon.

He says one hunter’s vehicle was vandalized with paint and scraping, and that authorities are investigating.

A federal judge Friday allowed the derby to proceed on public land after ruling its organizers aren’t required to get a special permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

WildEarth Guardians and other environmental groups had sought to stop the derby, arguing the Forest Service was ignoring its own rules that require permits for competitive events.

Congratulations! Idaho Wolf and Coyote UPDATE

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iStock_000008330410XSmallYour calls and emails are having the desired effect. The only national sponsor of the “First Annual 2-Day Wolf and Coyote Derby” was NAPA (Auto Parts). They have withdrawn their sponsorship. Agencies and sponsors are being flooded with calls from all over the world. In one instance alone, our Tweet regarding Alert #2 was forwarded to 34,000 people. As you’ve seen, other organizations are having a profound impact as well with their parallel alerts.

Feel free to call and thank NAPA for withdrawing from sponsorship of the slaughter by using the contact information you’ll find in Alert #2 at www.greenvegans.org.

In addition, several  organizations have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the refusal of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to require a permit for the wolf and coyote-killing contest on the lands they manage. We will post their press release tomorrow along with an update on the responses Green Vegans has received regarding our letter to the state agencies involved. You’ve made a difference. Thank you and thank yourselves.

Alert: Stop the Coyote-Wolf Killing “Derby” in Idaho

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Green Vegans / ALERT / December 18, 2013

A proposed “First Annual Two Day Coyote and Wolf Hunting Derby” scheduled for December 28th and 29th, 2013, is being widely reported. Wildlife advocates like you are responding. There are several actions you can take to stop this cruel slaughter. But time is short and the need for your action is NOW. Green Vegans is working on unique approaches we are sharing with other organizations and encourage you to do the same. We also are including a list of actionable contacts from Project Coyote that are also essential. The steps you can take are listed below this “Derby” poster…. 

Derby-Specific Background: 

In addition to thousands of dollars in prizes and trophies for adults, there are also trophies and monetary awards to 10-14 year-old children who bring in the largest number of coyotes and biggest dead wolf. The event is being organized by a rabid organization that believes wildlife is for hunting, not prey for natural predators in healthy ecosystems. For insight into this group, go to http://www.idahoforwildlife.com/. According to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), if the “Derby” is held strictly within the Salmon, Idaho “Game Management Units”, up to 40 more wolves can be killed according to figures posted on their website as of 16 December 2013. There is no limit on coyotes killed. In addition, there are several commercial sponsors that are making the two-day killing spree possible.


Actions: 

Note that there will be two different ACTION ALERTSasking you to help stop this dreadful event. This is the first. The second ALERT will go out either Saturday or Monday depending on the response we get to a nine-page letter Green Vegans has written to Idaho state agencies. We have worked nearly forty hours over the last three days doing research and writing for this portion of our work for wolves. That means we have not finished our list of proposed campaigns for the 2014-2015 season for you to see, and we are behind in asking for donations we need to continue our work. Please give now because it’s needed now. Just go to www.greenvegans.org and use the donate button to get to PayPal.  Thank you. Now, the first ALERT:

Please take these actions in the following order. There are several opportunities to stop the wolf and coyote killing contest. It will be extremely helpful for you to send this Alert to like-minded Idaho residents who will be against this “First Annual Two Day Coyote and Wolf Hunting Derby”. They have more “weight” as state residents when they contact officials. In your communications, please take the high ground; avoid the name-calling they will expect. This will make it harder for them to dismiss and stereotype you.

Given the short time remaining for the planned event, the wolves and coyotes need rapid response from you as we prepare for the worst case scenario of Idaho not upholding the law. We demand that the “First Annual 2-Day Coyote and Wolf Hunting Derby” be cancelled no later than noon, December 23, 2013. Here’s what you can do now:

  • Share this ALERT through all of your social media platforms. Anyone on planet Earth can do the following…
  • Call or email via the websites of two of the sponsors Green Vegans has identified. Tell them to respect ecosystems and stop the event:

a)      The NAPA auto-parts store in Salmon, Idaho is a sponsor and located two blocks from one of the register-to-kill locations. NAPA Auto Parts – Salmon River Auto Supply LLC, Salmon, ID. http://www.napaonline.com/id/salmon  / (208) 756-4343 and (208) 756-4800. Since NAPA owns approximately 1,000 of the 6,000 stores, the Salmon, Idaho store is likely independently operated. Still, they are licensed by NAPA proper, so it is worthwhile to complain to NAPA corporate about the Salmon, Idaho store: call 800-538-6272 or email them at customersupport@napaonline.coom . Then post your opinion at NAPA’s national corporate Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/NAPAKNOWHOW.    

b)    Sacajawea Inn. They are offering special discounts to the contestants coming to kill wolves and coyotes. http://www.hotelsalmon.com/  and sales@hotelsalmon.com  / 208-756-2294. This is a medium-sized business run by a family with children. However, it is likely to be popular as it offers RV spaces in addition to rooms. Please do not be abusive in your messages to protect the children without compromising your opinions.

·        Go to Project Coyote’s action page and follow their prompts: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/567808/7d9b2dc9f8/1557503015/f83ea7032f/

  • Go to the “Idaho for Wildlife” Facebook page. They are the organizers of this slaughter. Call the officers of the organization and chapter leads /or leave email messages of opposition by clicking on their names. Leave your opinion after viewing their attorney / registered agent pictured here, complete with a pipe in his mouth, a revolver in his hand, and a beer can in the other.

(http://www.idahoforwildlife.com/chapters) and

            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Idaho-For-Wildlife/143039222888

A related Blog piece will appear at www.thisishopethebook.com by this coming weekend.

REMEMBER YOU WILL RECEIVE A SECOND ALERT BETWEEN SATURDAY AND MONDAY. WE WILL IDENTIFY IDAHO AGENCY CONTACTS AND PROVIDE TALKING POINTS FOR YOU.

Thank you,

The Green Vegans Team