Seattle Dolphin Rally (and Putin’s Postcard)

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20140214_131836The Sea Shepherd-organized rally was well-attended today, February 14, and included many who had been to the tragic “Cove” in Taiji. This season, they reported, some 800 dolphins were killed and others captured. See Sea Shepherd (www.seashepherd.org) for reports from many cities. 20140214_131244

Immediately after the rally, Green Vegans visited the Russian consulate in Seattle to present them with a “Postcard for (Russian President) Putin”. On it we wrote, “President Putin, Tear Down These Tanks”. The consulate was closed, but found we could slip our poster-sized card under the consulate door.20140214_132228 Images of Russian orca prisons and Putin reaching out to a dolphin will greet consulate workers when they return.

Russian-caught Orcas Additional Background

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This is additional background from a non-anticaptivity blogger. We’ve not yet had a chance to fact-check all of the story, but on this Valentine’s Day of protest against the Taiji dolphin slaughters and captures let’s not forget the rest of the brutal captivity industry. Here are the tanks in Moscow believed to be housing the orca whales taken from the wild in 2013 (and now or eventually Taiji-caught dolphins, Beluga whales, and…).
http://themedreality.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-big-picture-sochis-orcas/

News: Sochi Olympics and Violence

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As the February 14 demonstrations protesting the Taiji dolphin slaughters and captures draws near, do NOT forget the Russian captures of beluga, pilot, and orca whales. Stories about orca whales and Taiji dolphins taking part in the Sochi Olympic games have faded in the media. The exception is this excellent investigation http://timzimmermann.com/2014/02/10/who-is-white-sphere-the-barely-disguised-conglomerate-behind-russias-wild-orca-captures/ by a journalist who took the time to uncover the truth.

We ask you not to view the Olympic Games on TV (NBC in the US) in protest of these travesties and many others. Russian President Putin and his government are responsible for violence against these whales and dolphins, homeless dogs in Sochi, and LGBT people.

As for the Olympic Committee, we reject the notion that the highest standards of personal behavior and competition are required of athletes by the Olympic Committee while the same committee AND SPONSORS do not require hosting countries to uphold justice for individuals from other species and people. The Olympic Committee must reform the host country selection criteria or face dwindling public and commercial support for the games.

A Lack of Moral Clarity at Sochi Olympics

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safe_image To host the Sochi Olympics, Russian President Putin’s abuses his power and supports the killing and imprisonment of many species. He and his government are persecuting sexual minorities, capturing orca and beluga whales from the wild, and importing dolphins captured in the larger slaughter at Taiji, Japan—some of who are in Russian captivity along with wild-caught juvenile beluga whales. Putin and his government also endorse the slaughter of stray dogs in Sochi, and now, the arrest of three “animal rights” activists who oppose his actions (see the petition on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GreenVegans?ref=hl). This demands our response. Green Vegans implore you to boycott the games and the media (especially NBC and its sponsors) that broadcast them. It’s time to stop pretending that the Olympics should ever be used as an excuse to kill and imprison others. These Olympics have come to represent injustice and murder.

This is also an opportunity to demonstrate to importance of seeing the connections between these travesties. They are all connected by the same worldviews that approve of each persecution. This is representative of our human ecology and how the Seven Results we advocate are required as a whole, again because they are interconnected. So, please revisit the Seven Results page on this, our Green Vegans website.

Green Vegans cancelled its earlier plans to hold a demonstration at the Japanese and Russian consulates in Seattle to protest all of these issues after learning that Sea Shepherd had plans to sponsor an international day of protest a few weeks later. Though apparently limited to the Taiji dolphin slaughter and captures for the marine park entertainment industry, all people and organizations have been invited to participate. We urge all Green Vegans to attend. http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2014/02/03/join-sea-shepherd-conservation-society-and-sea-shepherd-cove-guardians-at-world-love-for-dolphins-da-1551

20140205_112955 Here is the “tank” we had planned to use for our original Seattle area protest.

Because the Russian orca and beluga whale captures still need the public’s attention, monitor the Green Vegans Facebook page for our upcoming response at the Russian consulate.

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.