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Articles and Letters

Another demonstration of dolphin benevolence - 18 Jan 2007

Declaration of Boycott against Japan and Norway - 8 Jun 2006

My take on the Vancouver Parks Board meeting - 30 May 2006

In Defense of Animals - 18 Dec 2005


Dolphin Protection Coalition - 29 Sep 2005

Youth Against Animal Abuse - May 2005

Know Thy Enemy - 5 Feb 2006

Photos (To enlarge, click on photos or links)

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(Photo - 002)  The surfer can relax. It's a dolphin, not a shark. In spite of our travesties against the dolphins, they have shown no malice towards us. On the contrary, they have time and again saved humans from drowning, even from sharks, which they normally dread and avoid.

(Photo - 003)  Dr. Lori Marino with dolphin brain (Marino notes that all of her studies on dolphin brains are done on organs from animals that have died from non-research causes; e.g. strandings or disease).  The brain of an adult bottlenose dolphin measures over 1,600 cc, versus the average adult human brain of about 1,450 cc. They have complex languages, social structures and, AM thinks, a voluminous memory for legends and sagas and knowledge passed down verbally from generation to generation. By killing dolphins, we destroy not only their biological bodies, but their cultures as well.

(Photo - 004)  At the tip of the breakwater @ Futo, Japan - November 2004


(Photo - 005)  Outer breakwater @ Futo Harbor

(Photo - 006)  Inner breakwater @ Futo Harbor


(Photo - 007)  Futo Harbor - the epitome of peace and tranquility. Spot one of the most evil buildings in the world.

(Photo - 008)  Dolphin-killer boats left high and dry

(Photo - 009)  The standard type of Japanese fishing boat

(Photo - 010)  The evil building - one of the very worst

(Photo - 011)  "Eto Prefecture Fisheries Co-op, Futo branch" - evil, whichever way you look at it, however they label it.  Click here, to see how evil it could get.

(Photo - 012)  Ex-dolphin-killer-boat of Ishii Izumi - rebel ex-dolphin-killer-turned-whale-watch-operator, who almost single-handedly halted dolphin-killing at Futo as of 2001. There is recent talk of resuming dolphin-killing there. Stay tuned.

(Photo - 013)  Japanese whale-watchers

(Photo - 014)  Ishii Izumi at the helm

(Photo - 015)  Sighted two sperm whales within a half-hour

(Photo - 016)  from close to land

(Photo - 017)  Ishii Izumi, not popular among the fishermen, but has friends in the tourism industry, including the local hotelier Mr. Kozuno

(Photo - 018)  Homeless people in Japan, showing Japan's economic vulnerability

(Photo - 019)  Pearl culture is ubiquitous along the Japanese coast. This is near the entrance to Taiji

(Photo - 020)  To Taiji by water, go out and turn right; by road, carry on to the right, then turn left; evil concealed in beauty

(Photo - 021)  Entrance road to Taiji off the highway - one way in, same way out; statues "honor" the humpback whale, which the Japanese have resumed killing in the Antarctic.

(Photo - 022)  Map of Taiji, dotted line on upper right is the highway, Taiji Harbor at centre-left, the killing bay at centre-right, the Whale Museum complex at the point at right

(Photo - 023)  The first evil establishment one will encounter, within a few hundred meters to the entrance, is the infamous Dolphin Base

(Photo - 024)  which operates a swim-with-dolphins "program"

(Photo - 025)  World Dolphin Resort, operated by Dolphin Base

(Photo - 026)  No resort for the dolphins

(Photo - 027)  who have lost all family members to slaughter, and are imprisoned and enslaved for life

(Photo - 028)  Dolphin Base also exports captured dolphins to such places as the Hualien Ocean Park of China

(Photo - 029)  After passing Dolphin base, the entrance road (lower left) soon leads to the Whale Museum complex, with the retired harpoon-boat, bronze harpooner statue, aquarium and the museum itself

(Photo - 030)  Extinct old-time harpooner next to retired modern harpoon-ship

(Photo - 031)  Even their art shows human subjugation of dolphins

(Photo - 032)  The Aquarium in the Museum complex, and the closed lagoon where dolphins, captured from the bay 150 meters away, are kept for the swim-with-dolphins "program", and an orca for show

(Photo - 033)  The "Whale Museum" at Taiji - more like a whaling museum

(Photo - 034)  The bay on the right, within 150 meters of the museum, is the cove into which dolphins are driven for slaughter

(Photo - 035)  The highway is the line on the left; the whale museum is on the north point; the killing bay is the small cove just south of it; Taiji Harbor is the long inlet south of the killing cove; the four characters on the bottom right says "Wakayama Prefecture"; the area enclosed by the red line, according to the title, is "Taiji Wildlife Protection Area"

(Photo - 036)  The 150 meters south of the museum - the bay into which the dolphins are driven; it has been closed off by barricades and signs; the characters in red says "falling rock; do not enter"; the only rock that might fall here would be a meteorite; the foot-path turns right through a gap into the neighboring killing cove which is not visible from the road

(Photo - 037)  The outhouse on the end of the bay; behind and above it is the road; below and in front of it is the beach;

(Photo - 038)  The holding bay, as viewed from the road; around the point to the left (north) is the museum, around the point to the right (south) is the smaller killing cove, not visible from the road; when a pod of dolphins is driven in, the mouth of the bay would be closed off by nets; the dolphins are herded up against the beach; divers from Dolphin Base (see below) would arrive, wade into the water in wet-suits, select a few young females for captive purposes, which they would tear from their families roughly by slings; the rest of the dolphins are kept in the holding cove overnight, then driven around the point to the neighboring killing cove to be slaughtered the next morning

(Photo - 039)  The bay as viewed from the point around which is the museum; obviously I had to cross the barrier to take this picture

(Photo - 040)  The view due south from the north end of the beach in the holding bay; the foot-path around the bay makes a right turn (due south) through a gap from the holding cove to the killing cove

(Photo - 041)  The path is likewise barricaded by a 6'ft-hgih barrier anchored firmly on both sides and the bottom, with barbed wire on top; physically impassable (except for a pole-vaulter)

(Photo - 042)  The atrocity on the other side of the barricade, in the killing cove, where entire pods of 20-50 dolphins are slaughtered once every few days between November and March every year

(Photo - 043)  The dolphins are killed in a difference fashion at Taiji than at Futo; here they are killed in the water by long handled knifes and lances

(Photo - 044)  and hauled on to skiffs by hooks, whether or not the dolphin is still alive

(Photo - 045)  Even tiny babies are not spared

(Photo - 046)  This most unfortunate dolphin was killed by disembowelment, looks clean, because its blood has been left in the water

(Photo - 047)  The skiff takes the dolphins to Taiji Harbor to be butchered  The above 6 pictures are by Sea Shepherd.

(Photo - 048)  Looking north from the Taiji highlands; the white building is the aquarium at the Whale Museum; the cove to the left of it is the holding/killing cove; the lighthouse is at the entrance to Taiji Harbor

(Photo - 049)  The entrance to Taiji Harbor; in it are numerous fishing vessels, among which are the 13 dolphin-drive boats

(Photo - 050)  Taiji Harbor; the Fishermen's Co-Op is the L-shaped building; in front of the Co-Op building is the butchery

(Photo - 051)  The butchery in front of the Fishermen's Co-Op Building

(Photo - 052)  This is a closer look at the dolphin being off-loaded into the butchery.

(Photo - 053)  The butchery, downloading fish at the moment; when butchering dolphins, the blue tarps would be drawn to shield the scene from observers

(Photo - 054)  The skiffs, with the nets used to close the mouth of the holding-killing cove; they are used to transported the dead and dying dolphins from the killing cove to the butchery

(Photo - 055)  The shrine across the road from the butchery; it does not seem to impart compassion upon the fishermen, but it does bless them with safety, luck and good catch

(Photo - 056)  Two of the 13 dolphin-killing boats at Taiji; the tell-tale signs are the sounding rods

(Photo - 057)  Close-up of the flared trumpet-like end of the sounding rod; when a pod of dolphins is sighted, the 13 boats would go out, form a screen between the dolphins and the open sea; the dolphin killers would then dip the sounding rods into the water, which they would bang with hammers; the flared ends would trumpet the sound into the water, which drives the dolphins into the holding/killing cove

(Photo - 058)  Dolphin meat

(Photo - 059)  AM with western businessmen in Singu - the nearest city to Taiji (20 min.) - interested in developing whale watching near Taiji

(Photo - 060)  AM with the tourism minister Mr. Suzuki, who is also interested in developing whale-watching in the region

(Photo - 061)  Anthony Marr has devised an interspecies communication technique which could save dolphins by the pods from capture and slaughter. He tested this technique personally in 2004. No dolphins were killed during the 10-day test period. Funds and personnel are needed to develop and deploy this technique.

(Photo - 062)  This Japanese mission for the dolphins was performed in partnership with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. With Captain Paul Watson and Allison Lance-Watson at the SSCS headquarters in Friday Harbor, WA.

(Photo - 063)  In 2003, Allison went to Taiji, Japan, slipped into the cold waters of the holding/killing bay in broad daylight to free a family of trapped dolphins, was arrested with colleague Alex Cornellison who also went into the water, and was subjected to solitary confinement in Shingu for three weeks. She is one of my heroines.

(Photo - 064)  With Sea Shepherd's Stephen Thompson in the 2005 anti-dolphin-slaughter demo in Vancouver. Steve single-handedly obligated Costco to promise to remove all seal oil products off the shelf. Unfortunately, under pressure in Newfoundland, Costco caved in and broke its promise in mid-April, whereupon Steve went to the headquarters of Costco in Washington state, while Costco was having a national conference, and stood outside of the Costco building, alone, for three days. The war goes on.

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