Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

AFP-JIJI

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method.

“We will never stop it,” Yoshifumi Kai of the local fisheries cooperative told reporters.

The news conference came a week after Japan’s zoos and aquariums voted to stop using dolphins caught by the so-called “drive hunt” method, as demanded by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

Some dolphins are captured alive and sold to aquariums, fetching about ¥1 million ($8,300) each.

The vote was prompted by WAZA’s move to suspend the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) last month over the issue.

WAZA regards drive hunt fishing — where pods of cetaceans are herded into a bay by a wall of sound before being butchered — as “cruel”, a charge local fishermen reject.

“It’s unclear which part of the drive hunt WAZA considers cruel,” Kai said.

“We used to harpoon dolphins but that’s several decades ago. Now we sever the spinal cord in a moment and there is not much blood.”

Shuichi Matsumoto, head of another local fisherman’s group, said they “have not broken any rules,” adding the group wants to continue the tradition and pass it on to future generations.

Taiji came to worldwide attention after the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove” showed pods of the animals forced into a bay and slaughtered with knives, in a mass killing that turned the water red with blood.

Animal rights activists continue to protest in the town, despite hostility from locals who say they are victims of anti-Japanese bias.

Many of the dolphins are butchered for food, but campaigners claim there is insufficient demand for their relatively unpopular meat to make the hunt economically worthwhile.

They charge that the high prices live animals fetch when sold to aquariums and dolphin shows is the only thing that sustains the hunt.

Despite the overwhelming vote last week by JAZA to abandon the Taiji hunt, five aquariums are reportedly considering leaving the organization so they can continue to source dolphins from the town.

However, the vote has left aquariums with the problem of how to continue to stock their facilities — only 12 to 13 percent of dolphins at Japanese aquariums are captive-bred, compared with 70 percent in the United States, according to JAZA.

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  • Yasmina

    Perhaps someone should sever Kai’s spina cord. That would a reason to celebrate. In fact, all of Taiji’s citizens should have the similar fate since they say it’s so humane. Sever all of the spinal cords of all of the fishermen and their families. That’s what they deserve. Lowly scum. Sub-human. Inbred for sure.

    • Hendrix

      sub human, low life and inbred, absolutely..

    • 151E

      I suppose then you don’t eat meat? Or would it be a bolt to the head for you like a cow, asphyxiation from CO2 like a pig, or perhaps your throat slit like a chicken so long as you’re busy righteously prescribing reciprocal vengeance?

      • ziggypop

        Let’s stab you in your lungs and and let you bleed until you drown in your blood, while writhing around on the floor, in front of your entire family.

        And then, since your meat is so tasty, though full of toxins that make people sick, package it anyway and sell it as “whale meat” to unsuspecting parents who feed it to their innocent children. Who is being righteously vengeful now?

      • 151E

        Perhaps I’m just clueless, but I don’t understand your reply. My point was that as long as we kill animals for food, it is never going to be benign. The Taiji hunters have moved from spearing to severing the spinal cord in an attempt to make the kill more ‘humane’. Given that animals will continue to be killed for food (though whether they should be is another debate), what method would you propose?

        The fisherman of Taiji do not kill dolphins out of malice or a sense of vengeance, but that was precisely what Yasmina was advocating. I found her bloodlust (calling for death of all of Taiji’s citizens) ironic, distasteful, and most likely hypocritical, and so was simply asking what fate would befall Yasmina if her own standard of justice were to be universally applied. So I don’t understand your final retort, “Who is being righteously vengeful now?”

      • Corinne Nyman

        Have u seen live footage of the hunts? Watched “the Cove” or just talking out of your butt??

      • 151E

        I’ve seen a lot of things in my time. The world is full of suffering and injustice. And yes I’ve seen The Cove and the inner workings of an abattoir too, and can attest that they are not so very different.

        I don not personally support the dolphin drive, but I’m curious about the philosophic consistency of all the sanctimonious crusaders, wrapped in their flags of utter moral certitude, who, instead of engaging other in reasoned debate and open dialogue, use the language of hate speech to describe those that they disagree with as “barbarians” and “subhuman” and call for their loss of livelihood and even death.

        Eating free range chicken sold in sterile plastic-wrapped foam trays from the supermarket doesn’t make you any better a person than those Taiji fishermen who do the dirty work of providing animal flesh to eat – it only makes you a hypocrite.

      • Marc

        I would disagree 151E. Dolphins are incredibly intelligent and should be given equal status to human beings.

      • 151E

        An interesting proposition that would be interesting to discuss over a bottle of wine. Alas…

      • Dana Penaherrera

        agreed and they are in so many places

      • Dana Penaherrera

        dolphins are wild animals this makes a huge difference we can not continue to abuse the ocean

      • 151E

        I agree that we cannot continue to abuse the oceans – especially through overfishing, pollution, and acidification – without sever consequences, but that does not mean that all fisheries are unsustainable. And dolphins, being wild animals, at least get to engage in their natural behaviours, whereas most western farm fed animals lead extremely physically constricted and psychologically stressful lives. I’d argue, it is in fact far more ethical to eat limited amounts of wild game than most industrial farmed animals.

      • Dana Penaherrera

        different subjects sir- the population of domestic animals has been inflated through the intercession of humans – ergo there are lots of them- not so with dolphins the way the japanese are harvesting them. You can not defend this with the meat industry argument – two subjects- its a red herring to even bring it up- but if you must know I went vegan during my discussions with the fishermen- I realized that I could not fight for one animal and eat the other.Wild dolphins in places work with the local fishermen – no one taught them to help humans- they figured it out on their own- this level of problem solving is extremely high and equal to human problem solving- dolphins however, do not enslave other species and kill them, That is strictly human behavior

      • 151E

        Sure, farmed vs wild makes a significant difference in sustainability as a food resource, but I still maintain that eating wild game is more ethical and humane than eating factory farmed animals specifically in regards to the quality of life of the animal.

      • Bonnie Spielman

        “If we go on the way we have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect. Jacques
        Yves Cousteau.

  • Hendrix

    Absolutely Disgusting… nothing more to say

  • Kiuri

    What disgusts me about those who oppose dolphin hunting is that they put dolphins above people and see nothing wrong with it. Their opposition is based on nothing but intolerance, intolerance against anything different from their own value system: “We don’t hunt dolphin, therefore nobody else should.” Other than that, there is no rational argument.

    • Franki Webb

      You are joking right? This isn’t a matter of picking humanity over nature. This is purely and simply a cruel practice that threatens the very fabric of the ocean’s ecosystem, as well as causing unnecessary pain to creatures we deem below us. This isn’t about making dolphin lives more valuable than humans. It’s a about equality of every creature on this planet! It’s not simply about being self righteous, its about showing empathy and compassion towards animals helpless against human barbarity. Culture and religion is no excuse for cruelty, barbarity and ignorance.

      • Kiuri

        I asked for rational argument, not for emotionally loaded words like “empathy,” “barbarity,” or “cruelty,” Every creature (except plant) must prey on some other creatures to live. By your logic, every animal living on earth is “cruel” and “barbaric.” What do you want to do with them, I wonder?

      • John Topham

        And this is why Japanese are seen as backward, barbaric and without honour. Dolphins & whales have been proved to be intelligent, social creatures, who live in extended family groups. Rational progressive countries are moving away from this type of barbarism.

      • Franki Webb

        For some reason my reply was never posted. But how is empathy not enough for you? How is equality for all creatures on this planet not enough for you? You want reasoning, okay here it goes: do you know Dolphin meat contains high amounts of mercury which can as a matter of fact be poisonous to people? Not enough okay? How about the fact that although the dolphins murdered in Wakayama are not endangered worldwide they are at risk of becoming locally extinct, this causes irreversible damage to this coastal ecosystem. If dolphins become extinct, the hunters will only go further out or worse still trespass on foreign waters. Japan has done this before with Whaling and Australia booted them off and later took them to court. This in turn caused bad international relations between the two countries as Australia have spent a large amount on conservation for sea life. Still not rational enough? How about the fact that some nations (and people) refused to give Japan aid during the 2011 earthquake because of the involvement in these acts? People down right refused to help them because of it. How about the fact the vast majority of Japanese people themselves don’t eat dolphin and are against it? Most who protest against this slaughter are Japanese so this isn’t about Japanese culture. What does this mean? That there is hardly any demand for it. The point being most Japanese dolphin meat is sold as something completely different, meaning Japanese people are being conned by these fisherman. For goodness sake Kiuru do wake up even if you are too blinded to realise that culture doesn’t excuse all cruel actions done by humans.

      • Kiuri

        So many words you still haven’t convinced me why killing dolphins in any more “barbaric” than killing chickens or cows. I think that’s the whole point. As for some countries like Australia being bigoted and some going so far as to refusing to offer aid during 2011 earthquake (that was news to me), it simply reflects badly on them.

      • Franki Webb

        No one is saying that the treatment of cows and chickens is okay, actually that is as barbaric and cruel as what is happening Taiji. If you eat meat, then you should fully be held responsible for your carbon footprint. Two wrongs my friend do not equal a right. You should be saying this is bad and so is this as well, how can I help change the world? Not saying this is bad so this is okay too. Bringing up another animals right issue doesn’t mean this should be accepted. None of it should be accepted.

      • Kiuri

        You are not answering my question at all. I simply asked why killing dolphin in more “barbaric” than killing chickens or cows, and you keep evading the question. I see that you have no answers, which means your opposing the killing of dolphins has no logical or rational basis.

        If killing chickens and cows is “just as barbaric and cruel as what’s happening in taiji” then why is nobody saying anything about it or trying to stop it? Why is it only Tajij fishermen that must be called names like “subhuman” or “scum of the earth” (both from this comment section) etc etc and not chicken or cow farmers? That is utterly and completely WRONG and if you don’t see it then that is because you are blinded by your almost religious worshiping of dolphins. I repeat, you, and your fellow Taiji bashers, are blinded by your emotion, and are not being able to think rationally. But please try!

        You keep mentioning “culture,” I never did. Who said animal life is lower than our own? I never did. Lion preys on zebra, that doesn’t mean a zebra is “lower” than lion. As I said at the very beginning, any creature must prey on other creature to live. Nothing to do with “above” or “below.” Admit that.

      • Franki Webb

        At least bit consistent and read your previous comments. I stated that they are equally as evil each other and we should be fighting both of them together. Both are barbaric practices. I’m sorry, but lots of people fight against farming, do you know how many charities and societies are set up against barbaric farming practices. If you had done this little bit of research you would know this. Vegans and vegetarians protest this. And admit it, you are blinded by your ignorance. I’m not emotional, just someone with compassion and education.

      • Kiuri

        So you can’t enlighten me on how chickens and cows are different from dolphins? But that’s the essential point on which the entire issue rests. You can not circumvent it by claiming you are “above” it just because you happen to a vegan.

        I respect your position as a vegan but not all, and I’m sure not even a majority of the Taiji bashers, who number in billions, are vegans. My questions are address to them, not specifically to you.

      • Franki Webb

        Then you should be asking them, not me. Never in my argument did I say that dolphins are better than cows and chickens. But I will say this, cows and chickens will never have the threat of going extinct like whales and dolphins. Both animal issues are a product of human interference and greed.

      • Dana Penaherrera

        dolphins have an intelligence equal to humans – that is reason alone- do you eat human flesh? why would that flesh be any different form dolphin flesh?

      • Dana Penaherrera

        sir – alot of people object to chickens and cows being killed for food-

      • Dana Penaherrera

        humans have been provided with alternatives that are healthier and tasty to animal flesh- humans supposedly have the moral capacity to choose right from wrong – why kill when it does not need to be done- and all animal slaughter in the name of food and fashion is wrong and barbaric. But I believe you are focused on a statement that was not intended as racist but you are trying to make it so

      • Dana Penaherrera

        wild vs domestic that is a major difference there are huge populations of chickens and cows these are populations artificially huge due to interference from humans not so with wild dolphins

      • Dana Penaherrera

        crying bigoted is weak and irrational-and untrue – really the continued sneaky behavior of the Japanese government with that nuclear power plant is a prime example of what the rest of the world has to put up with- the billions of gallons of radioactive water going into the ocean and its denied by Japan
        Most of the world wants this hunt stopped- it has nothing to do with race- it has to do with mature behavior toward another intelligent species- whales and dolphins deserve out respect and protection. Technology has provided humans with safer and healthier alternative to dead animal flesh- it is sheer stupidity to stick with a model of behavior that is so destructive to the planet – but oh yes we are talking about man

      • Dana Penaherrera

        humans can make the choice not to prey on others- we are from apes- apes rarely eat meat- then why should we eat SO MUCH? we shouldn’t is the answer and again WILD are the dolphins

      • Dana Penaherrera

        humans do not need to kill to get fed- humans can choose to get their needs through plant based nutrition and guess what everyone wins that way

      • 151E

        You make a number of valid points against the dolphin hunt both in this post above and below, but claiming that it “threatens the very fabric of the ocean’s ecosystem” reeks of hyperbole. Plastics and the acidification of the oceans with rising CO2 are much more serious threats to the ocean’s ecosystem than this one localised hunt.

        Below you assert too that these dolphins are in danger of extinction locally. Do you have a source to support this claim, or is this merely conjecture based on humanities propensity to over hunt?

        Finally, if you are so passionate about equality for all creatures, let me ask if you are an equally vocal champion of veganism and voracious critic of farming animals, of zoos, and of the commercial pet industry, or is your outrage more selective?

      • Patrick

        I agree with Franki Webb 100%, and I’m vegan, so blow your pompous, tedious replies out your ass.

      • 151E

        Well at least your are morally consistent. But I have to ask why civil discourse and an open exchange of ideas is so anathema to you? If you actually read what I wrote, you’d see I’m largely in agreement with Webb. I simply asked for supporting data for one of her assertions and questioned her philosophical consistency. And, gee, sorry fella if you don’t like my writing style, but then again, if you don’t like it, you know what you can go do : )

    • tisho

      The rational argument is that Japan is violating international law and UN order on several accords. 1 – Exceeding the allowed by UN annual quota and then lying that the hunting is for scientific purposes in order to bypass the quota. Here you have two violations. 2 – Entering other countries territorial waters in order to hunt in their waters. Again, illegal. 3 – Some of the dolphins the Japanese are killing are protected under international law and animal protecting organizations due to the reason that they are listed in the animal extinction book. Those are the main 3 accords under international law which Japan violates. If you follow international law there should be no problem, at least not that big. The inhumane slaughter of the dolphins is in fact disturbing to say the least, but it is not illegal unfortunately.

    • Dana Penaherrera

      no you are wrong- dolphins are intelligent equal to humans they are also wild that is a big difference

      • Kiuri

        Because they are intelligent? I find that argument rather repulsive. So “intelligent” animals are allowed to live but not the “stupid” ones? That sounds dangerously like eugenics, or Nazis who, to promote the “superior” German race, tried to kill off “inferior” race like Romani people etc.

        “Wild” argument sound shaky, too. If Taiji people succeeded in domesticating dolphins and keep killing them for their meat, then would you, or others who oppose dolphin hunting, approve? I seriously doubt it.

      • Dana Penaherrera

        no I say their intelligence places them on the same level as humans- ergo we do not kill humans for food then dolphins should not be killed for food – and domestication takes many many many generations hundreds of years – this is not an overnight event – so your reply is shaky at best and is desperate-

      • Dana Penaherrera

        I question that statement – you are reaching very far with the stupid animals get killed statement- we are talking about dolphins and why- you keep throwing in other subjects –
        dolphins are 2nd in intelligence on this planet
        dolphins have a complex language
        dolphins live in family units
        does any of this sound familiar to you?
        dolphins display empathy to other species
        dolphins display high level of critical problem solving
        wow they sound human

      • Dana Penaherrera

        none of your arguments hold water – and most of all the claim of worshiping dolphins and people whom object to the slaughter are bigoted against the japanese- many of the same people are against the slaughter on the faore islands and all those people are western europeon -so now what can you say? if I am against both hunts it can not be because of cultural bias

      • 151E

        Intelligence is notoriously difficult to both define and measure. There is no universally agreed definition. What’s more, many researchers now speak of different domains of intelligence – logical, verbal, musical, emotional, kinaesthetic, etc. And some also argue that plants should be considered intelligent, since they demonstrate the ability to sense and respond to the external environment, and even communicate across species.

        But your claim that dolphins are equally intelligent to humans stretches credulity, and honestly undermines the persuasiveness of your entire argument. While dolphins are finely adapted to their environment, and may well poses equal or superior spacial or visual intelligence to humans, we simply know too little about their vocalisations to comment on say their logical, linguistic, inter-personal, or existential intelligence – thought their is no reason to believe it would likely be equal to humans. Perhaps there is a bottlenose dolphin Homer, and a striped dolphin Shakespeare, perhaps… but it is unlikely there are dolphin equivalents of Euclid or Newton.

        But an animal’s ability to write in iambic pentameter or solve differential equations is a poor guide for deciding whether or not to eat it (by that standard many of us would be fair game). Surely, if you hope to convince others, like my friend Kiuri here, you can come up with a more robust and persuasive argument. Ganbatte!

      • Dana Penaherrera

        human iq and dolphin intelligence would be 2 far different things my friend- you can not compare the two- but if you must- lets look at the brain- they have a section that is more complex and evolved than human’s so when it comes to family relationships- dolphins are more intelligent than humans- dolphins often show empathy to other species previously thought to only be a human quality (that is hilarious)- dolphins have a complex language- they can learn many of human words and meanings however we can not do the same back- does this mean they are smarter than humans perhaps- wild dolphins in areas assist humans in fishing – this not taught but dolphin intelligence led them to do this- you are one of those egotistical humans that think because we build we are superior- in truth we are a diseased dirty murderous species that constantly pollutes and destroys the environment around – not that is not too smart- but I did provide you with proof of dolphin intelligence- but you want to base it on algebra – but that is not the only test for intelligence sir – no dolphin has a need for algebra but unless you speak dolphin how do you know they do not have their own iambic pentameter- those whale songs might just be their own beautiful version of The Wasteland and considering the murder of their species it probably it just that- ( TS ELLIOT)

    • Dana Penaherrera

      people have voices dolphins do not- it is time someone put nature in front of the selfish dirty polluting human

    • Dana Penaherrera

      well I am against kidnapping schoolgirls and forcing them into marriages- this does not mean I am against african cultures- It means I can differentiate between right and wrong

  • Helena Frangogiannis

    I wonder why we expect serial killers to change… These guys are so sick they think “Pithing” is humane murder… Maybe they should try it on themselves and tell us their impressions if they survive the severing of their spinal chord and their drowning slowly…. A truly revolting lot!

  • Mark M

    scum of the earth

  • ziggypop

    Two faces of the morally bankrupt and soulless sub human species. They bring great shame to the people of Japan. Cowards.

  • June Killington

    The world desperately wants these hideous disgusting evil Japanese peasants to stop their slaughter. They need psychiatric help, medication and a good kicking.

  • Corinne Nyman

    We need to continue to raise awareness among Japanese people number one . This needs to be made ILLEGAL number two. Then These guys need to be fired, have boat destroyed.. End of story!!

  • az

    Dolphins and whales are far more important then just being a higly inteligent mammal spicies. Cataceans are not the only higly intelligent animal species on the planet, there are many others, so in a sense of intelligence this is not a really important fact, bit catacean language is acctually more advanced and complicated then ours. But they are killing them because of a different reason, they are mass killing all animals because off a different reasons. Reason being that every single species through their lives balance the energies on the Earth in on big flow of life. Us humans being so advanced and intelligent in a material way have developed certain creteria of inteligence which is totaly amiss in a grand universal scale. What is acctually happening is we know nothing about animals becasue we compare their meaning existence to ours which is ridiculous since animals are still much more just a manifestation of nature itself like we humans also but have forcefully devided ourself from it. So animals are really just an intelligent energy balance creation system as we humans should should be so too on a conscious level. We know nothing about bird singing other than we thing is for calling out danger and mating which is only 10% Birds sing. They sing and with every note they sing the song of life which sustains us all. The winds sings too when it blows through the tree tops and it whispers the lost knowladge of the primal Earth. The whales and dolphines… they do not sing songs of mating. They sing about who they are, where they came from and what are they doing here. Their erie songs ecco through the depths of oceans and give the Earth solace in a lonely cry for help. Whales are the last consious guardians of the Earth since we humans threw this right and privilige away. Whales and dolphins like sing the catacean history which they teach to the young and the young teach it to new generations and so has been done from the time they arriwed here. They are killing them because whales know the truth abaut us humans about us animals about us the Earth and about us the universe. Whales came to Earth long ago from distant part of the universe and ever since they sing about their journey. We know nothing in our blindness off self importance.

  • Kork

    I hope another Tsunami wipes them out once and for all!!

  • Kiuri

    If people here feel so passionately about stopping the dolphin hunt, as you seem to be, you should try to persuade these fishermen, or any responsible officials, by arguing in civil and rational manner. Resorting to criminal tactics like intimidation or violence, or even throwing death threats around like some in this comment section or many activists in Taiji, won’t help at all.

    • Dana Penaherrera

      many have tried I myself contacted them and proofed the dangers of the meat – they do not care they claim its racist to be against them –

      • Kiuri

        Danger of meat??? No wonder they didn’t respond to your plea. You were not honest. You are against dolphin hunting not because dolphin meat is dangerous (it’s not primary reason anyway, and at any rate, their health is entirely their own business and your argument would be weak) but because you love dolphins and you hate to see them killed. If your are dishonest you cannot blame somebody not listening to you.

      • Dana Penaherrera

        sir it was but one of several I presented- I discussed the fact that these are wild animals with incredible intelligence- I presented evidence of the dolphins that assist fishermen and dolphins that save humans in the water I discussed the fact that this is a species that shows empathy to other species something that was thought only to be human- and let me explain to you why that statement you made is wrong- the health of children is EVERYONE’S BUSINESS- they tried to claim that this was made up by western science but I showed them it was from a Japanese University- so please stop making false accusations- The Japanese need to accept the fact that most of the world does not want this happening. Cultural or not – slavery was acceptable once as was wife beating – guess what no longer- opium dens once were legal – NO MORE things change – japanese culture needs to mature and those “fishermen” need to find other jobs. Then world changes this is a fact- It is immature to hang on to something that was done during WW 2 and try to cliam it is a tradition NOW WHO IS LYING? sir you make alot of bold statements that are false please before you throw out rude comments like like ask first

      • 151E

        Hi there Kiuri. You will recall from high school biology class that bioaccumulation of pesticides and heavy metals like mercury (especially in fatty tissue) in large, long-lived predators, like dolphin and tuna, is indeed a real health concern, and is why there are recommended limits on consumption of tuna, swordfish, king mackerel, etc., especially for children and pregnant women. And although one could argue that any health problems arising from their consumption is the responsibility of the individual alone (presuming they’ve made an informed decision), the health costs are borne by all of society. Remember Minamata disease? After that tragedy, I simply don’t know how anyone could condone including mercury tainted food in school lunch as some local districts have done.

        There was even a story about this 8 years ago in The Japan Times. Google – Taiji officials: Dolphin meat ‘toxic waste’. Mercury contamination is not simply activist spin.

  • Melissa

    The Japanese feel that they are an honorable people but there is no honor in the slaughter!!!

  • 151E

    I respect your moral consistency; however, I also acknowledge that Homo sapiens are omnivores and most people continue to eat meat. That’s why I can’t bring myself to condemn those who do the dirty work that most of the rest of us so conveniently ignore. My compromise then is to insist that food animals are afforded as much opportunity to engage in natural behaviours before they are slaughtered, in a manner as humanely as possible, and wind-up on our dinner plates.

    That said, at the rate that biotechnology is advancing, I suspect we’ll largely transition to factory grown meats within the next 150 years. And while that will end the suffering of factory farmed animals, it may well also bring them to the edge of extinction; after all, look at how well non-food animals fare.

    • Dana Penaherrera

      most people live on a plant based diet- look it up

      • 151E

        Plant based is not the same as vegetarian, and most humans do, at least occasionally, supplement their diet with meat (and, traditionally, the further towards the poles, the greater the proportion of meat that is necessary to survive). To sanctimoniously claim moral superiority and harshly condemn others for killing animals, if you yourself eat any animal flesh, even if only occasionally, is just pure hypocrisy. That’s why I’m keen to know how many of these posters, who denounce the Taiji fishermen, have first removed the beam from their own eye. I respect those who are morally consistent, even if I may disagree with their position.

      • Dana Penaherrera

        I do not eat any animal flesh – do not claim moral superiority over anyone never did – I gave up tuna over 20 yrs ago because I became aware of the drowning deaths of so many marine mammals. I gave up meat all together when I decided that it is hypocritical to fight for one and eat the other

      • 151E

        Sorry if I was unclear. When I wrote “if you…” above I meant “you” as a general pronoun, same as but more informal in tone than “one”, and not “you” specifically.

  • Bonnie Spielman

    I want to know who these Japanese people think they are that they can even think that these animals are theirs to capture or eat. I know they are very arrogant in their belief that they are doing no harm. Hiroshima and Nagasaki will forever live in their minds. And this is one way to get back at us. Also the radiation from those bombs will forever live in their air and waters and has probably effected their brains

    “If we go on the way we
    have, the fault is our greed and if we are not willing to change, we will
    disappear from the face of the globe, to be replaced by the insect. Jacques
    Yves Cousteau.