Japan Dophin Day - Be Their Voice
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Japan Dophin Day - Be Their Voice

Taiji dolphin dayFrom: Animal Defenders of Westchester (ADOW)
September 3, 2014

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 3-6 pm at the Japanese Consulate:

49th and Park Avenues


Consulate General of Japan
299 Park Ave (between E 48th & E 49th Streets)
New York, NY 10171

**Please join FAUN and NY4WHALES as we enlighten the public about the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. We will honor the dolphins which have been, and will be killed in the annual slaughter that takes place from Sept. to about March…..we honor, as well, all the dolphins that are held captive around the world.**

Sept 1st signals the start of the Taiji dolphin hunt. During the hunt season, Sept through March, large numbers of dolphins will be driven into the cove at Taiji, these dolphins will either be sold into captivity, or slaughtered for meat.

Oceanic Preservation Society:

"Fishermen round them up by the hundreds using sound barriers to disorient and herd the frantic pods out of their normal migrations into hidden lagoons like the one featured in The Cove. Bottlenose dolphins, especially ones that look like Flipper, are pre-selected by trainers and sold off for upwards of $200,000 to marine mammal parks around the world, where they will remain in captivity performing as circus acts. After the trainers and spectators have left, the rest of the dolphins are inhumanely killed in what can only be described as a massacre.

The butchered dolphins are later used for food, but the Japanese government has intentionally sheltered people from the dangers of eating them. Consumers of dolphin meat run the risk of mercury poisoning due to high levels of the toxin within the animals. Adding to the danger, much of the pricier whale meat they purchase is actually mislabeled toxic dolphin meat. While the Japanese government defends dolphin hunting as part of their cultural heritage, this tradition has serious health effects on its own people.

The more lucrative captive dolphin industry is the driving economic force behind the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. In the U.S. alone, dolphinariums represent an $8.4 billion industry, while a dead dolphin fetches a mere $600. International law provides no protections against the killing of dolphins, and other slaughters occur in places outside of Japan. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) affords no protections for 71 (out of 80, known) cetacean species, including all dolphins and porpoises, which is why Japan and other countries can legally kill them by the tens of thousands."

*Video Background*: Why We Defend Oceans - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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