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Japan's Taiji Cove really became known to the world with the release of the movie, "The Cove" by Louie Psihoyos and Richard O'Barry. This is must see movie. Period.

But that's not why I am posting this for all of you to watch again. You might think that much has been done about this SHAMEFUL behavior by some Japanese. I want to reiterate the word "some" because not all Japanese are guilty of this actual crime against an endangered specie. In fact, having lived in Japan for more than 7 years, many Japanese do not have the slightest idea when I mentioned this topic to them while I was still living there. Some of them got mad at me, some of them said it was just hollywood "fake" movie to belittle and ridicule Japanese traditional customs and practices. And some just outright ignored it, even when I showed the videos.

That Red is the color of Dolphin Blood

But, to be sure, many other Japanese were also horrified when they saw the movie and the other smuggled videos from the scene made known to the world by brave souls (and celebrities, like Hayden Panettiere) who made the trip there illegally and recorded these atrocities. And while the reactions from the Japanese people were varied, ALL OF THEM SAID THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE! All of them said, that is the Japanese way. They have a right to it!

When "Black Fish" was released late last year, the "debate" (Is there really a debate for this as news media portrays it to be) again resurfaced on the morality of "show" animals. Does anybody really think that it is good or okay for us humans to have these creatures of our natural world held in four walls all their lives, basically for our entertainment. Because that's what it really comes down to: for our human entertainment. Yes, when we have oil spills and humanity-caused disasters, we owe it to all of these creatures to be saved. But the natural order of things in nature, life gives and life takes - who are we to control that, and pretend we are saving each one, and then converting them into showcases in zoos and the Sea Worlds. WE DO NOT HAVE THAT RIGHT!

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    Let me try to do the one thing no one is willing to. . .walk the path many purposely avoided. . .fight the fight that some may think is foolish.

    by yoda1117 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 11:03:13 AM PST

  •  Ric O'Barry has a new show on Discovery (3+ / 0-)
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    flitedocnm, NancyWH, chimene

    It's called Blood Dolphins. Ric was the guy who trained the dolphins for the show "Flipper" back in the 60s. Today he is the world's foremost advocate of freeing dolphins from exploitation and captivity.

    i just baptized andrew breitbart into the church of islam, planned parenthood, the girl scouts and three teachers unions. - @blainecapatch

    by bobinson on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 11:25:02 AM PST

  •  Thank you for this. (2+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH, chimene

    Humans are capable of so much good -- and unimaginable cruelty and stupidity.

    I recently had the extreme privilege of being on a small boat in the Bahía de Banderas on the west coast of Mexico, while two male humpback whales entertained themselves for an hour coming up on each side of the boat, within a few feet of us, always careful never to touch the boat or put us at risk. They are amazing, intelligent, curious beings.

    All cetaceans are threatened. Any abuse of these fellow beings is tragic beyond words.

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both." - Justice Louis Brandeis

    by flitedocnm on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 11:30:03 AM PST

  •  Dolphins have way more dignity than those (1+ / 0-)
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    specific Japanese people at the Cove.

  •  As we speak (0+ / 0-)

    there are/were 250 dolphins penned up awaiting their fate.  Several (40 total so far) got taken away to be sold off and live the rest of their lives in captivity.  The rest are being/will be slaughtered.  

    I encourage everyone to check out

    The Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians have a live stream of the events of the day.    

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Sat Jan 18, 2014 at 10:03:47 PM PST

  •  Sea Shepherd does great work, (0+ / 0-)

    Please support them financially if you can. This senseless slaughter of sentient beings is a shameful reflection of how far we have yet to go as a species.

    Some days it's not even worth chewing through the restraints!

    by SpotTheCat on Mon Jan 20, 2014 at 09:54:37 PM PST

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