June 21st, 2010
As a Midwest guy that moved to the coast for work, I have to admit being really impressed on the few occasions I have seen dolphins and whales in the wild. There is something naturally playful about the dolphins and majestic about the whales.
I have a lot of friends who are really into the ocean. I understand their feelings, but what I don’t get is that nearly all of the folks I know that are really into the ocean movement drive Japanese cars. Japan kills dolphins and whales. I have seen whale meat in Tokyo that somehow ends up in the markets, though Japan supposedly only kills whales for scientific reasons. Every year Japan sends a fleet of ships to the South Pacific to harvest, oops I mean “study”, whales by killing 1000 of them.
Dolphins are slaughtered by Japanese fishermen by being trapped and clubbed violently over the head. They somehow view dolphins as competition for fish, or they are collecting some for Sea Park shows and kill the rest (young female dolphins are taken for the shows, and the rest of the group is killed). You can see some the gory details in the documentary The Cove (http://thecovemovie.com/).
The Japanese government protecting their fishing industry’s right to kill whales and dolphins is the same government that protects their automobile makers, like Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, and Honda.
The taxes that those automobile companies pay to the Japanese government when someone here buys one of their cars subsidizes their fishing industry.
If folks here would boycott Japanese products until the killing of whales and dolphins stops, it would not be long before these senseless hunts stop.
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