And we need to remember that it is the practice of displaying dolphins at marine aquariums around the world that is the foundation of these killings. The oceanariums make their money from the dolphin slave trade, and the fishermen of Taiji seem to enjoy the killing of the ones that remain.
Taiji is a town without pity and will forever be linked in the international public mind as a place of horror, mercilessness, and destruction of life.
Ironically, at this very moment in Nagoya, the Japanese government is hosting the Biodiversity Conference. NGO’s and governments from around the world are in attendance, and yet not one word from any of them for the dolphins. Where are you, Greenpeace? Where are you, World Wide Fund for Nature? Where are you, Conservation International? Where are you, Pew Conservation Trust? Where are you, International Fund for Animal Welfare? Where are you, World Society for the Protection of Animals? Where the hell are any of these groups that preach and raise money off of marine conservation but say nothing and do nothing about the horrific slaughter of dolphins and the destruction of marine biodiversity by these thugs in Taiji?
The Academy Award winning film, The Cove, has removed any pretence of ignorance from the public. All those who fail to speak up now are the willfully ignorant.
Within a few hours, the Cove will run red with blood once again, and the pathetic screams of dying dolphins will fill the air as the butchers stab and hack, slash and laugh in the face of all that is decent. My friends, when we look into the faces of the killers of Taiji, we are looking into the faces of unadulterated evil, where mercy and kindness, compassion, and wisdom have long since departed.
We must stop them, for we can never rest until we do.
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