“I am not at all interested in having my daughter who is 3-and-a-half grow up thinking that it’s normalized to have these intelligent, highly evolved animals in concrete pools. I don’t want her to think that’s how we treat the kin that we find ourselves around on this planet. I think it’s atrocious.“ - John Jett
“People who have faced death often speak of their lives flashing before
their lives. Something much different happened to dolphin trainer
Richard O'Barry when one of the dolphins that played Flipper on
television died of stress in his arms. He realized that most of his
career as an animal trainer had been a mistake and that dolphins have as
much right to freedom as humans. He vowed not to rest until he freed
every last dolphin that could be returned to the wild successfully.
is a true story that will move not only animal lovers but everyone who
loves a well-told tale. He
began to understand that dolphins were easy to train because of their
great intelligence, not his great talent, and keeping them in captivity
was cruel and morally wrong. While research and entertainment are
important to human life, they are not worth the cost to these beautiful
and gentle animals.
O'Barry was arrested trying to free a
dolphin, but that didn’t stop him, and he now devotes his life to
untraining dolphins and returning them to their natural habitats. Once
the pride of the billion-dollar dolphin captivity industry, he has since
become its nemesis.”
“I love how SeaWorld keeps suggesting that somehow Blackfish’s ‘undeserved’ success has prevented it from 'telling its side of the story.’ SeaWorld was in a position to tell its side of the story for 45 years - in fact, during that time it had almost exclusive use of the mike. Turnabout is fair play, SeaWorld - get over it.” - Dr. Naomi Rose
Today in Taiji, a large number of short-finned pilot whales were slaughtered. It took at least 5 documented trips to bring the fresh bodies to the butcher house. They were held in the killing cove for 44 hours without food. Some were selected for a life imprisoned in captivity and after the slaughter, the banger boats worked to drive the remaining pilot whales back to sea. Most are juveniles and are weak, starving and grieving the loss of their family. They will likely stay close to the shore where they witnessed members of their family get brutally murdered. It’s a sad day in this cove whenever the water runs red, but I can’t get over the extra torture inflicted on these sentient beings. It’s disgusting and the killers/Taiji Fishermen must get off on the power they think they have when all they are showing is cowardly and weakness.
There is no reason for the Taiji dolphin drive to be taking place in this day and age and it needs to come to an end. I can only thank Ric O’Barry and his Dolphin Project and the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians for keeping the spotlight and the pressure on Taiji. Let’s not hide what is going on. It’s time people all over the globe become aware so we can ban together and fight to end this. Our planet and these animals depend on us.
BREAKING NEWS TOKYO (AP) — “Game of Thrones” star @Maisie_Williams
wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows. She says it’s
the best way to stop the capture and killings of dolphins in Japan.
spoke Friday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, made famous in “The
Cove,” a 2009 Oscar-winning film that documented the dolphin hunt and
starred Ric O'Barry, the dolphin trainer for the “Flipper” TV series.
Williams is the latest celebrity trying to save dolphins. Others include Brian May of Queen, Sting and Daryl Hannah.
hopes her influence on social media, with 4 million Instagram
followers, will help educate people about Taiji, including Japanese.
global ambassador for O'Barry’s Dolphin Project campaign, says only a
handful of Taiji fishermen are benefiting from the practice.
I went off a bit on this person just bc I’m feeling at wit’s end with these kind of comments lately.
This person always brings up drive hunts on anything REMOTELY related to Japan on fb. I tried to report the comment as hate speech but fb says “to resolve it by Messaging.”
I’m seriously considering contacting The Dolphin Project and other organizations that are anti-drive hunt and asking them to help combat these kinds of comments and attitudes. Organizations overall should step up their game with any kind of racist stuff.
How things should be and are meant to be, two free, sentient beings coming together by their own will-a mutual attraction through shared pastimes, not a one sided relationship forged through unwilling capture, terror, and food deprivation