Ever since I was little I've always had an uncanny fascination for marine life, especially whales, so much that I plan on going into marine biology in a year or so.
So naturally when I got word of what's going on in Taiji, Japan, I felt disturbed: chilled to the very bone; for those who haven't been enlightened of the horrific atrocities yet, I strongly encourage you to watch either "The Cove" or the new series "Blood Dolphin," both of which can be seen on Animal Planet.
This entire scenario is shocking and sickening; it's a bloody and gruesome scar on the face of humanity that has been blotched with coverup and makeup in an attempt to hide how terrible it truly is.
23,000 dolphins are killed in Japan every year, each one containing toxic levels of Mercury. The meat then goes to stores where it is either falsely disguised as another meat or sold despite how dangerous it is. The method of the slaughter is by attracting all the dolphins and porpoises through the use of a sonic wave that confuses the dolphins, allowing the fishermen to stab or capture them.
The dolphins that aren't butchered mercilessly are sent to Seaworld or other dolphin or whale showcases. Despite the happy appearances of the dolphins during the performances, many of them develop ulcers or other severe stress problems that can lead to death or miserable health conditions. The training is also rough and brutal: starvation, beating and overexhaustion are all part of the horrendous dolphin training regiment. Dolphins are in no way captive animals, and the misconception that they are needs to be changed as soon as possible.
Please, I implore you to sign both petitions; it only takes a couple minutes and it's for a good cause. The leaders of both petitions and organizations are marine biologists at the forefront of the movement. If you can, spread the word to those you know. Every signature counts.