26 November 2011

Responses to RWS letter "Dolphins bound for Singapore park not endangered"

The following responses are with regards to RWS letter "Dolphins bound for Singapore park not endangered" (Inquirer, 22/11/2011)



Response from Earth Island Institute and Philippine Animal Welfare Society


This is in response to the letter by Resorts World Singapore (RWS) last 22 November 2011 through Mr. Lim Soon Hua, the RWS Director for Communications.

We beg to disagree that the method they used to obtain the dolphins conforms to CITES requirements. In fact, the export of dolphins from the Solomon Islands was put under the Review of Significant Trade in the Animals Committee of CITES in 2008 due to the issue of sustainability.

In that meeting in 2008, the Solomon Islands government committed to stopping the export of dolphins if it was proven to be unsustainable. This September 2011, the government of the Solomon Islands announced that all dolphin exports will be banned starting January 2012, an admission that the past dolphin hunts have been largely unregulated and unsustainable.

It is also doubtful that the facility where the dolphins are being kept is truly a ‘well established facility’. The Ocean Adventure Park which houses the dolphins has had 4 out of its 5 false killer whales die in just a few years of operation. All four false killer whales were all juveniles and died before they were sexually mature.

Moreover, Ocean Adventure has been sued for the violation of the Environmental Impact Statement System of the Philippines (PD 1586) as well as the violation of the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485), a well established facility, indeed!

As for the 25 dolphins from the Solomon Islands, none of the government officials from the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Bureau of Animal Industry-Animal Welfare Division (BAI-AWD) can verify their current condition based on our meetings with these two agencies. In fact, both the BFAR and BAI-AWD have not inspected the dolphins in their facility and could not even tell us if all 25 dolphins are alive.

If the animals are really being given the best care, then why are their enclosures off-limits to the public? Why were members of the Animal Concerns Education and Research Society of Singapore (ACRES), Earth Island Institute (EII) and the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) not allowed to see the animals as they were being trained last 14 November? It is clear that Ocean Adventure and Resorts World Singapore have something to hide, and it is spelled C-R-U-E-L-T-Y.

Signed,
Trixie Concepcion
Regional Director
Earth Island Institute

Anna Cabrera
DirectorPhilippine
Animal Welfare Society




Response from Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) Singapore


ACRES to RWS: Set the record straight


I refer to the letter "Dolphins bound for Singapore park not endangered" (Inquirer 11/22/11).


Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) states it believes in "controlled collection of particular species" and that it complied with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).


However, can RWS clarify if it conducted proper scientific studies into the status of the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in the Solomon Islands prior to their capture?


Can RWS scientifically state that its capture of the 27 dolphins was not detrimental to the survival of this species in the Solomon Islands?


Lastly, does RWS agree with the statement that the preference for Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins as a captive display species "makes them vulnerable to depletion from such catches"?


Due to the lack of scientific data, the world conservation union IUCN urged CITES parties in 2007 to not issue import permits for dolphins captured in the Solomon Islands (www.ssn.org/Documents/IUCN_CSG_to_CITES.pdf).


The National Museum and The Silliman University (the Philippines CITES Scientific Authorities for marine and aquatic species) similarly opposed the import of the RWS wild-caught dolphins into the Philippines.


The National Museum stated “The National Museum…firmly opposes this illicit activity. This must not be tolerated”.


The Silliman University stated (referring to the RWS dolphins importation) “the importation should not have been allowed. The Non-Detrimental Finding (NDF) is not credible… the Philippines by allowing these importations under the cover of a non-credible NDF may well be participating in the unsustainable exploitation of a marine mammal, something at odds with our national policy (under law) of protecting marine mammals”.


The importion of the dolphins into the Philippines should never have been allowed in accordance with Section 6 of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act or RA 9147. The reality is that the import took place without the "proper evaluation of best available information or scientific data showing that the activity is, or for a purpose, not detrimental to the survival of the species or subspecies involved and/or their habitat..."


ACRES hopes that the Philippines government rights this wrong and repatriates these dolphins back to the Solomon Islands where we can rehabilitate and release them back into the wild. We should note that the Solomon Islands government has already passed a new policy to ban the export of live dolphins, beginning January next year.


ACRES wholeheartedly supports the establishment of the Marine Life Park, but we hope that RWS opens a park that focuses on ethical acquisition of animals, the keeping of animals that can cope with captivity and a park that focuses on proper, in-situ conservation efforts.


Louis Ng (MSc)

Executive Director

ACRES

www.acres.org.sg


91 Jalan Lekar

Singapore 698917

(O): +65 6892 9821

(F): +65 6892 9721




Related:

Set dolphins free, group urges gov't | Inquirer Global Nation


RWS' actuations suggest it has something to hide | Inquirer Opinion


To RWS, Dolphin Conservation is about Basketballs & Hula Loops



For more information on the campaign "Save the World's Saddest Dolphins", please visit the official website SaddestDolphins.com


Or refer to my Blog Page "Save World's Saddest Dolphins"



19 November 2011

To RWS, Dolphin Conservation is about Basketballs & Hula Loops

ACRES PRESS RELEASE
18 November 2011

ACRES FILMS TRAINING SESSION OF RWS WILD-CAUGHT DOLPHINS BUT TOLD TO LEAVE

SINGAPORE, 18 November 2011 – On 14 November 2011, representatives from ACRES, Earth Island Institute (EII) and the Philippines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) visited Ocean Adventure in the Philippines to film training sessions of the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) wild-caught dolphins. It was, however, regrettable that staff members of the facility tried to prevent ACRES from filming the dolphins. The RWS wild-caught dolphins were filmed confined in small enclosures, and some have been housed there for almost three years. They were also filmed with basketballs and hula hoops.

Between 2008 and 2009, RWS damaged Singapore’s good international reputation by buying 27 wild-caught Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) from the Solomon Islands (who have since banned the export of live dolphins with effect from January 2012). In 2010, two of the dolphins died whilst undergoing training, despite the top-class care that RWS had promised. The remaining 25 wild-caught dolphins are currently being housed and trained at Ocean Adventure in The Philippines and will be transported to RWS soon.

ACRES, EII and PAWS purchased admission tickets to Ocean Adventure and entered the area opposite to where the remaining 25 RWS wild-caught dolphins were being housed. There were no signs indicating that this was a restricted area and none indicating that we were not allowed to film the RWS wild-caught dolphins.

“Initially, we were told we could remain in the area but were not allowed to film the dolphins. However, we were later politely told to leave the area and we were not allowed to film the dolphins, but could film anywhere else in Ocean Adventure. We did not hold any placards or hold any demonstration and remained civil throughout the entire time. We eventually left the area. All we wanted to do was film the dolphins and witness the training sessions. If RWS has nothing to hide, why are members of the public not allowed to film the wild-caught dolphins?” said Ms. Christina Lee, Campaigns Officer of ACRES.

ACRES, EII and PAWS witnessed and filmed the trainers introducing basketballs and hula-hoops to the dolphins, something highly unnatural. We are puzzled by this as RWS has always maintained that they have no plans for animal shows.

Furthermore, RWS recently stated in their job advertisement that the Marine Mammal Specialist (Job ID 11912) responsibilities include “behavioral conditioning of the mammals for…show-type behaviors". They, however, clarified that “the responsibilities of the marine mammal specialists include engaging in enrichment practices with the dolphins to display natural behaviors commonly seen in the wild…”.

“It is tragic to see these dolphins, who once roamed the vast open oceans, now having to resort to playing with basketballs and hula hoops. We hope that RWS provides the public with complete details with regard to how the dolphins are housed and trained and that they be truthful. ACRES remains committed to an open dialogue, but we regret that RWS have continued to decline to respond to all our concerns and have now prevented us from filming how the wild-caught dolphins are housed and trained” said Mr. Louis Ng, Executive Director of ACRES.

Contact:Louis Ng (Executive Director, ACRES)
Email: louis@acres.org.sg
Tel (O): +65 6892 9821

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For more information, please go to the official website of the campaign "Save the World's Saddest Dolphins" at SaddestDolphins.com

Petitions:
1) Save the Saddest Dolphins via Avaaz.org


11 November 2011

What's wrong with swimming with dolphins?

On the surface, swim-with-the-dolphin (SWTD) programs seems like a fun, safe way to get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures of the sea. The dolphins appear to smile as they pull laughing children around swimming pools by their dorsal fins. But you don't have to look too deep beneath this whimsical façade to realise that there is something fundamentally wrong with all swim-with-the-dolphin programs.



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12 October 2011

Save the Dolphins in the Worlds Smallest Tank


There are two spotted dolphins, named "Hope" and "Destiny", being confined to the world's smallest tank, located at Taiji Whale Museum, Japan.

Leaving Taiji Photo by: Tia Butt

Hope and Destiny were first discovered in 2009 by Ric O'Barry and his son, Lincoln O'Barry while they were in Taiji. In 2009, there were actually three dolphins, but one had already died, which left now two dolphins - Hope and Destiny (named by Save Japan Dolphins).

In May 2011, Brian Barnes filmed a video of Hope and Destiny in the really small tank, which he called "The Fish Bowl".

On 8 October 2011, Tia Butt, Cove Monitor of Save Japan Dolphins, mentioned in the blog "Leaving Taiji" that Hope and Destiny are in coma-like state, with their eyes closed. As a result of being kept in captivity and confined in such a small tank, Hope and Destiny were basically just floating around, with no brain stimulation or interaction at all.

Hope and Destiny need our help. They do not deserved to be in such inhumane condition. Please help Hope and Destiny to move to a bigger and more natural home - a large sea pen, by signing the petition: "Taiji Whale Museum: Please give the 2 spotted dolphins a larger home". Please share with everyone. Thanks!


Articles:
Death of a Dolphin by Ric O'Barry



Plight of the captive dolphins

Extract from: Plight of the captive dolphins


To a dolphin, a pool is a cage. These fast moving animals, which form complex social groups when free, cannot behave naturally in captivity. On these grounds, WSPA campaigns for the closure of all dolphin attractions.

The mortality rates and abnormal behaviours of captive dolphins prove that a lack of stimulation causes them terrible stress. Swimming listlessly in circles is just one common indictor of boredom and psychological distress.

Space is also an issue – pools are miserably small for large, far ranging animals that would swim up to 50 miles a day in the wild. The shallow waters expose dolphins’ delicate skin to painful sunburns.

By withholding food, some trainers coerce dolphins into repetitive and unnatural behaviours, performing ‘tricks’ for the public. Hunger forces the dolphins to ignore their most basic natural instincts. They are even trained to beach themselves, despite the danger of doing so.

Visitors don’t always realise that the much promoted dolphin ‘smile’ does not reflect of their emotional state. It is simply the shape of their mouths.


Dying to entertain

A dolphin is trained to behave unnaturally for human amusement

Already numerous in the United States, the number of captive dolphin attractions in the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America is growing.

They create a demand for live dolphins, most of which are taken from wild populations during bloody hunts. In many dolphin hunts, including those in Japan, the hundreds of animals not selected for live sale are butchered inhumanely for meat.

Many dolphins do not survive the trauma of capture. Of those that do, 53% die within three months of confinement. Captive dolphins also suffer and die from intestinal disease, stress-related illness and chlorine poisoning.

Learn more from the WSPA/HSUS report The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity (2009) (PDF 2.2MB)


Dolphin stress and human safety

‘Swim with dolphins’ programmes cannot guarantee the safety of people interacting with dolphins, even those bred in captivity.

These powerful animals are often stressed from being in a confined space. Unsurprisingly, accounts of deliberate and inadvertent human injuries caused by captive dolphins include broken limbs.


Protest dolphin captivity

Never visit a marine mammal attraction – the very act of confinement is damaging to their welfare.

Instead, look for a responsible dolphin watching boat tour and enjoy the spectacle of wild dolphins at sea, performing on their terms. A responsible tour will not endorse any interaction with the dolphins.

If you witness any kind of captive dolphin show or swim programme, report it to WSPA at wspa@wspausa.org. Some attractions might seem ethical, but if you report it, we can check.


Movie: Dolphin Tale - Behind the Scene

Many have know about Winter The Dolphin through the movie "Dolphin Tale". The box office success had led thousands of visitors flocking to Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), just to see Winter. But is the movie really helping Winter or just CMA in terms of profit? Have CMA done anything to make Winter's life a better, more comfortable and more natural one?


Take a look at the below video and watch for yourself. Is Winter happy? No, she is traumatised! Loud noise from the announcer, drums and crowds have caused Winter hiding in one corner, fearful. Have you ever see a dolphin behaving like that? Is it normal? NO. Is it natural? NO. Can you feel what she is feeling? Winter wanted so much to escape from all the crowd and noise but where can she go? She is after all, being confined in a concrete tank! She have nowhere to escape to...




Source: YouTube



Please help Winter to have a better and natural living condition, a large sea pen, away from crowd and noise. Let her retire, enjoy the rhythm of the waves, sound of the ocean - in peace. I am sure CMA has all the money to do so now since Winter had helped CMA to become so famous. Please sign the petition "Build a Natural Enclosure for Winter the Dolphin" and share with everyone you know! Thanks!


06 October 2011

Response to RWS on MLP committed to marine conservation and research

My response to RWS (via their Facebook page) on article:

To: Resorts World at Sentosa, Singapore

- NO, The dolphins are NOT doing well, 2 had already died! And I hope all the remaining 25 are still alive...

- No particular species of dolphins thrive in captivity. Bottlenose dolphins are chosen because they are popular as they have been seen in TV shows, dolphin shows, movie, etc!

- If RWS is sincere in engaging a dialogue session with ACRES, why haven't RWS even reply the emails & questions raised by ACRES and the public, local & worldwide! It has been months!

- Please do not use dolphins to make money. RWS do not need that. RWS makes millions already, without the dolphins!

- By not engaging with Mr Ric O'Barry, it will only show that RWS is guilty and knows it is wrong to buy wild-caught dolphins that had been through violent capture, watched their pod being slaughtered, numerous stressful transportation..

- Exploitation is still exploitation, even if it is covered up under conservation, research & education. The dolphins are still being forced to get used to human, hand/force fed with dead fish & medicine, being imprisoned in treated-water tank - far less than 1% of their home - the vast ocean!

- Dolphin in captivity, being in artificial environment, unnatural behaviour, how accurate will the research data on them be?

- NO. RWS will not make Singapore & Singaporeans proud. In fact RWS had spoilt Singapore's international image on such issues. And people, local & worldwide, will not only boycott RWS but also any organisation related to or sponsor RWS

- RWS can continue to ignore but ACRES & supporters will not stop till all dolphins are being released

- So, Please, have a heart, let the dolphins go, before it's too late...

And by the way, if you do not see my above posting and comment on RWS Facebook page, it means RWS had blocked me. I had also left my comment at the above-mentioned article, as well as sharing my thoughts on my Twitter & RWS Twitter page.


Ric O'Barry in Singapore

Ric O'Barry, marine mammal specialist and star of the Academy Award winning documentary Film: The Cove, was in Singapore, for the dialogue session hosted by ACRES (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society) on 4 October 2011.

SaddestDolphins.com


It is a very rare opportunity to meet Mr Ric O'Barry (in Singapore) and hear him sharing his efforts in ending dolphin exploitation around the world for the past 4o years, as well as his views and thoughts regarding Save the World's Saddest Dolphins.


This is a photo of my friend's daughter showing support for Save the World's Saddest Dolphins
to urge RWS to FREE THE DOLPHINS!


It had been a very fruitful and inspiring night. I am so glad that many people turned up for this dialogue session. People from all walks of life, different age group, race and nationality. It reminded me I am not alone. I am not alone in supporting this campaign and will not stop until RWS release all the dolphins!

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to:
- Mr Ric O'Barry for coming to Singapore for this dialogue session and showing support for Save the World's Saddest Dolphins
- ACRES for hosting this dialogue session and all the time and efforts put in by every staff and volunteer
- My hubby for attending this dialogue session with me, out of his own accord and even asked his friend along! :)
- Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel for sponsoring this event/venue. Wow, a hotel worth supporting!


There was a lot of media coverage on Ric O'Barry as well as the Dialogue Session. Do read the article by Asian Scientist: 'The Cove' Star Takes On Resorts World Sentosa In Bid To Free Captured Dolphins which I feel has a better and wider coverage on the dialogue session.


And do check out the video clips covering the dialogue session by Razor TV:




Please Like the Facebook Page of
Save the World's Saddest Dolphins
to tell Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
You want RWS to LET THE DOLPHINS GO!


Lastly, please support Ric O'Barry in his work of ending dolphin exploitation worldwide! Go to:

05 October 2011

4 October

4 October is World Animal Day
It's a sad day as a pod of 35 to 49 striped dolphins were slaughtered and one being sold to slavery, at Taiji, Japan

4 October is World Animal Day
It's a fruitful night as I attended the dialogue session by Mr Ric O'Barry (star of the movie, The Cove) and ACRES,
together with my hubby and friend

4 October is World Animal Day
I honour this day by beginning my journey of being a vegetarian...


to tell Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
You want RWS to LET THE DOLPHINS GO!

28 September 2011

Please Urge Dolphin Base (Taiji, Japan) to Care for Sick Dolphin!

UPDATE
(10 October 2011) via Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians:
"There is no visible change in the sick dolphin's condition we've been monitoring, at the Dolphin Base resort. On rare occasion that he does jump out of the water, you can clearly see how skinny he has become."

The visibly thin dolphin at Dolphin Base resort
The visibly thin dolphin at Dolphin Base resort
photo: John Legg


(30 September 2011) via Save Misty The Dolphin:
The sick dolphin remains int the seapens at Dolphin Base. He (or she) has been nicknamed "Jiyu" which means FREEDOM in Japanese...
PLEASE HELP TO SAVE JIYU!


(28 September 2011):
It had came to my attention that there is a sick and suffering dolphin at Dolphin Base, Taiji, Japan.

The trainers have to tubefeed the dolphin but they deny that the dolphin is sick! Moreover, the dolphin has opened sores on his tail and the trainers have to treat it with injections and antiseptic spray. Obviously the dolphin is sick, injured and suffering. Leaving the dolphin without proper veterinary attention is pure torture.

Kindly help this poor dolphin. Please ask Dolphin Base to move this sick and injured dolphin to a bigger and better living condition, with qualified veterinary treatment. Don't let him suffer any more...

Email to: info@dolphinbase.co.jp or info@dolphinresort.jp

Via Steven Thomson:
Email Dolphin Base: "Please care for the sick dolphin"
In Japanese: "病気のイルカの世話をしてください。あなたに感謝"


Sick dolphin spyhopping nonstop at Dolphin Resort
Sick dolphin spyhopping nonstop atDolphin Resort


Source:



27 September 2011

Please ask Mastercard NOT to Support Dolphin Exploitation!

UPDATE:
(29 September 2011)
My reply from Mastercard: their "current alliance with RWS does not include Marine Life Park and Mastercard has no intention to undertake any promotions with the attraction when it opens next year."

(4 October 2011)
Ric O'Barry and ACRES had also confirmed the above during the Dialogue Session held on 4 October 2011.


(27 September 2011)
Mastercard is offering its members discounted tickets to Universal Studios at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) in Singapore, the very organisation that had bought 27 wild-caught bottlenose dolphins from the Solomon Islands. At least two of the dolphins had died and the remaining dolphins are currently being confined in Philippines, being forced to get used to human and being trained to do tricks for dead fish. And finally, the stressful transportation to Singapore, whereby they are subjected to lifetime imprisonment and slow death.

Captivity is very cruel to dolphins. It is abuse. It is exploitation, even if it is being covered up under conservation. The free-ranging dolphins are still being imprisoned in tank, less than 1% of their home - the vast ocean.

Kindly help the remaining dolphins by contacting the representatives of Mastercard and ask them (politely) to end their promotion with RWS, or any facility that have dolphins in captivity!

Contacts of Mastercard representatives:


Group Exec, WW Comm

Chris Monteiro

914-249-5826

chris_monteiro@mastercard.com


VP, WW Global Sponsorships

Michael Robichaud

914-249-2000

michael_robichaud@mastercard.com


Dir Global Media & New Channels

Sharon Hamilton

914-249-6837

sharon_hamilton@mastercard.com




Please sign the petition ask Mastercard to stop supporting live dolphin trade

11 September 2011

Don't Go to a Dolphin Show or Swim-with-Dolphin Program!

With the hunting, slaughtering and capturing of dolphins still going on in Taiji, Japan, as well as other part of the world, we ought to realise and agree that dolphin captivity contributes greatly to dolphin hunting and slaughtering. Dolphin captivity is the very reason that in such modern time, such brutal and senseless act is still going on! What could we all do to stop these insane act of hunting and slaughtering these beautiful and highly intelligent being?

Do Not Go to a Dolphin Show!
By not supporting any theme park, attraction or facility with captivated dolphins, we are sending a very strong message to the very organisation that we do not tolerate such unethical and immoral act (of using wild animals, that do not thrive in captivity, to make profits!). We will not stop until the organisation is free from all dolphins! When the demand stops, supply stops!

And please take some time to read the following article "Violent Dolphin Capture Caught on Video" (http://blog.seattlepi.com/candacewhiting/2011/09/10/violent-dolphin-capture-caught-on-video) and watch the video "Taiji Why? - Follow the Money".

By going to a Dolphin Show or Swim-with-Dolphin program, you too are contributing to the brutal and senseless hunting and slaughtering of dolphins - a very slow and painful death, that is going on every year, not only in Taiji, not only in Japan, but also other part of the world!

I quote from the leaflet: "Dolphin Assisted Therapy (DAT)" done by Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) (http://www.wdcs.org/submissions_bin/datleaflet.pdf)

"it is not only ineffective as a therapeutic intervention but could be harmful to human participants and dolphins alike."

"using captive or wild dolphins expose all particpants to serious risk of physical harm and potential risks to health."

So please, do not go to any theme park, attraction or facility with captivated dolphins! There is absolutely no educational value in it and it does do more harm than good (to human and dolphins alike).




Please support these causes:
Stop Dolphin Abuse by Stopping "Swim-with-Dolphins" Programs!

Take the Pledge Not to Buy a Ticket to A Dolphin Show

10 September 2011

From Dolphin Hunter to Dolphin Saviour

From dolphin hunting to dolphin watching, there is this one great man that we should all support. He is Izumi Ishii-san from Futo, Japan. Izumi Ishii-san was once a dolphin hunter in Futo, just like his father and grandfather. However, he had stopped hunting for dolphins in 1997 and started a dolphin watching eco tour business in 2002. He had vowed never to kill any dolphin and will inspire others to follow him and protect dolphins.

As compared to dolphin hunting, dolphin (and whale) watching eco tour can bring much more income to the people, not just the fishermen, but also the hotels, restaurants, gift shops, etc in the area. Of course, change is never an easy task, especially people are taking it as a culture, a tradition that had lasted for centuries. However, Izumi Ishii-san thinks otherwise...

A quote of his interview:
"he says that culture is created by the people – people living in that era… So we, the “younger” people of this era can create a new culture where hunting for dolphins & whales is no longer acceptable, where keeping large marine mammals & fish (whale sharks) is not acceptable, where eating sharks & shark’s fin is also unacceptable. Guess we have to start somewhere! Conservation of tigers, rhinos & such didn’t just happened, come with the years of struggle & hard work of many conservationists/ scientists etc. Let’s do it!"

If you are in Japan or going to Japan for a holiday, please do support Izumi Ishii-san's dolphin & whale watching eco tour. Futo is about 2 to 2.5 hours train ride from Tokyo. Please visit his website to find out more.

Just like many businesses in Japan, Izumi Ishii-san's business is affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. There is a fundraising project to help Izumi Ishii-san by producing and selling his designs on t-shirts and hats and donating all profits directly to Izumi Ishii-san. Please refer to the facebook campaign page:
Please Support Izumi Ishii-san's Wild Dolphin Eco Tourism in Japan to find out more. You may view and purchase the "We Are Free " t-shirts and hats from the facebook page or webstore.

Thank you very much, Izumi Ishii-san! You are one great dolphin saviour! I hope you will continue to inspire many other people (especially dolphin hunters), not only in Futo but also other parts of Japan (especially in Taiji), as well as the rest of the world. The ocean is a better place because of you.


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09 September 2011

Dolphins Are Friends, Not Pest!

It sadden me when human feel that it is the dolphins that are causing the decline in fish population. Somehow human just do not realise (or they refused to admit) that it is human who are "stealing" food from dolphins! Pollution, over-fishing and climate change (increase in sea tempature) caused by human, are the very reasons for declining of fish catches. Please do not use the excuse like "dolphins are pests", "dolphins are eating too much fishes in the ocean", just to justify that it is alright to hunt for dolphins! It is not alright at all. Dolphins are definitely not pests! Human must be educated and be aware that dolphins are very important to the human race as they play a very essential role in balancing the ecosystems. We human must learn to live alongside with the dolphins, peacefully...

Refer to the article: "Fishermen blame dolphins for declining fish catches"
http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aSOC&ID=201109080035