Saturday, November 13, 2010

This Blog's Title Doesn't Matter

... Nor does anything else while you're reading this.

The other day, in chemistry class, we were made to watch The Cove, an Academy Award nominated and Oscar winning documentary about the dolphin trade and slaughter happening in Taiji, Japan.

Septembers are officially the worst months of  every year. It is when dolphin hunting season begins in Taiji. They're being slaughtered for their meat, being sold as performance animals, or simply killed because they are (as the Japanese fishermen call them,) "pests" that eat too many of the ocean's fish. Scientific research says otherwise, though. The fish are just fine. They are being eaten at just the right pace, thank you very much.

Dolphin meat is poisoned with Mercury, and this is difficult (or impossible, I forget which is accurate,) to get rid of. Not all Japanese people are aware of the fact that they are even exposed to it. Dolphin meat is sold in supermarkets (labeled as FISH meat), almost ended up as part of mandatory school lunches, and is even sold at snack stands at dolphin shows. As if to add insult to injury...

Mercury... wow. It affects the embryos of pregnant women who eat the stuff in dolphin meat. Mercury degrades the nerve endings developing in unborn children. This causes them to be born (if they are lucky enough to be born at all, under the circumstances,) with physical deformities and mental disabilities. Ironically, a Japanese corporation (whose name escapes me right now) is also responsible for poisoning the oceans that dolphins inhabit. But... yes, it's been happening for many decades.

So anyway, see the link down there? It's a Facebook page of the TDAG, the Taiji Dolphin Action Group. If you can support them, it would be awesome. If you can't support them directly, at least try to find some
people who can. That is, please spread the word.

Also, if you would, look for information about a man named Ric O'Barry, who is responsible for the film The Cove. You've probably heard of the iconic dolphin in the movie Flipper. Well, Ric O'Barry was the dolphin trainer of all those separate dolphins who collectively played the character of Flipper. He loves dolphins more than anything else, and more than anyone can. Support him and the cause he... caused.

Actually, forget looking for him. I found him for you. Support!

And the documentary's website.

Please, help us save the dolphins. They've never done anything wrong to us, right? They're apparently smarter than us, very affectionate with us, and even protective of us. Help us protect them as well. Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you leave a comment, I can probably use those to share your thoughts as well. So, yeah. Please leave a comment. Thank you!

-Atom P.


  1. Gah, can't stand the thought of dolphins (or any other animal for that matter) being slaughtered. Why are things never enough for humans? We're always trying to make more money, build higher buildings, work faster, move faster, and kill more animals as we do it.

    Makes me wanna rant

  2. I'd love to read one of your rants. Yeah, the human race is kind of looking too much into its own gains rather than the benefit of all the creatures we share the planet with. I'm very disappointed with the path these people have chosen to go down, and I hope they take a step in the right direction soon.

  3. Thanks for posting, the more people that get the word out the sooner we can see this cruel and ridiculous practice end

  4. Thanks for posting!

    People like Hardy Jones (who was briefly interviewed in The Cove) and Ric O'Barry have been trying to stop dolphin slaughter since the 1980s with similar images from other villages in Japan. Ric really knows a lot and I recommend his SaveJapanDolphins site for information on how to help.

    What the movie might not make really obvious is that very few people in Japan eat dolphin meat. On the other hand the entire world depends on Taiji for live dolphins for their aquariums. Dead dolphins sell for about $300 USD equivalent...a live one might go for $300K USD.

    Working to end the dolphin capture and aquarium shows is very important in ending the Taiji dolphin hunt.


    Chisa Hidaka, MD
    Director, Dolphin Dance Project

  5. Thank you for sharing your links, Dr. Hidaka! I liked that news article, and I LOVE your website. It makes me want to write a song about the dolphins. I wish you the best of luck with the Dolphin Dance projects! I'll be sure to donate to you as soon as I can!