Protests condemning the hunting of whales and dolphins will take place in Tokyo and eight other cities in the world to call for an end to an annual whale hunting mission sponsored by the government which is set to start in a few weeks as well as the hunting and slaughter of dolphins in the town of Taiji.
Action for Marine Mammals spokesperson Hideaki Nagai said that protesters will be marching on Saturday through the commercial districts of Shibuya and Harajuku. On the same days, demonstrations will also be held in Canberra, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Sao Paulo, Vancouver, and Texas in an international effort to put a stop to the unnecessary killing of the marine mammals. Nagai says that there is no need in Japan for the hunting of whales. The government is abusing a loophole in a global moratorium on whale hunting, excusing the missions as part of scientific research. However, the whale meat is later sold openly in shops and markets.
Taiji, a town off the western coast of Japan, was put under global scrutiny when an Academy Award-winning 2010 documentary entitled “The Cove” revealed the annual dolphin hunt that takes place there. About 2,000 dolphins are corralled into a secluded bay in a span of a few months. A few are selected for sale to aquariums while the remainder are slaughtered for their meat. While the group is not against the rights of indigenous people to hunt, they consider the selling of wild dolphins to aquariums ethically unsound.
[ via The Star ]