by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 09. 2.10
Photo via Animal Planet
Each year in early September, Japan opens season on dolphins, and today marks the start of the season in Taiji, a now notorious place for slaughtering cetaceans thanks to the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. And of course, activist Ric O'Barry is on the move. He delivered a petition to the US Embassy in Tokyo signed by 1.7 million people from 155 countries demanding an end to the hunt. The embassy wasn't his first destination -- the Japanese fisheries agency was. But death threats from a group known for violence kinda put a damper on that.
日本海豚捕杀季在每年的八月初，今日在太町湾见证了它的启动，由于奥斯卡获奖影片海豚湾现在这里已经因为屠杀鲸类而臭名昭著。活跃分子Ric O'Barry 正在行动。他向在东京的美国大使馆寄出一封有170万来自155个国家人民签名要求停止捕杀的请愿书。大使馆并不是第一个收到这份信的，日本渔民组织才是。但是来自以沉默著称的一个组织的死亡威胁却使这封信让人扫兴。
As reported by the AP, "The Japanese government allows a hunt of about 20,000 dolphins a year, and argues that killing them -- and also whales -- is no different from raising cows or pigs for slaughter. Most Japanese have never eaten dolphin meat and, even in Taiji, it is not consumed regularly."
Last year, buzz from The Cove halted the hunt for a few days, as the area was flooded with media. But Japan refused to bend to the pressure, and resumed the hunt as usual. Since then, the documentary has spread like wildfire and has even managed to be screened in some Japanese theaters -- after much protest, of course.
Though the hunt began again this year, O'Barry says, "I'm not losing hope. Our voice is being heard in Taiji." He provides a phone number for calling leaders at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., as well as donate to the cause on Take Part.
Pressure from the global community is not about to lessen for Japan. The Cove has even been turned into a miniseries on Animal Planet, titled Blood Dolphins, the first of which aired Friday, August 27th
Release name: Blood.Dolphins.S01E01.DSR.XviD-OMiCRON
Show Title: Blood Dolphins
Airtime: Friday at 09:00 pm
Network: Animal Planet
Episode Name: Return to Taiji
Aired on: Aug/27/2010
Release Date: Aug/28/2010