Photo from Jan. 21, 2014 Irish Independent story: Rivers of blood: Japan defends ‘lawful’ slaughter of dolphins as hunters prepare to kill 200 animals
Sometimes it seems the best tool we have to bring about change is our buying power.
Please join me in the fight to save Japan’s dolphins from merciless slaughter by refusing to buy anything “Made in Japan” until this practice stops once and for all.
But, don’t stop there. Make sure your government and Japan’s government knows what you plan to do. As for me, I’ve just written a letter to my Member of Parliament and to John Baird, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. This is what I said…
Dear Messrs. Baird and Duncan,
I am writing to you as a concerned Canadian citizen who is completely shocked and disgusted by Japan’s practice of slaughtering dolphins. Please do all you can to put a halt to this despicable practice, including the enforcement of economic sanctions to clearly get the message across if that is what is needed. We live and work and consume in a global economy. As such, Japan needs to heed the sensibilities of other countries and cultures it wants to trade with.
As for me, the best power I have is as a consumer. I will do everything I can to NEVER buy anything made in Japan again, at least not until the practice of dolphin slaughter in Japan comes to a screeching halt. For Japan to brush off people’s concerns over this as people being “emotional” is a complete insult to my intelligence, not to mention the intelligence and emotional capacity of the dolphins, the latter of which has been scientifically proven.
For the record, I don’t eat meat very much at all, mostly because of how we choose to raise, transport, and slaughter animals destined for the dinner table. Again, I put my dollars where my mouth is, and do my best to only buy meat that has been raised in a cruelty-free and free-range manner. Sadly, as I am still deeply concerned as to how these animals are treated when it comes time to take them to the slaughterhouse (transportation) and then what happens to them at the place of their demise, I do my very best to consume as little meat as possible having gone about 95% vegetarian. Until we, as Canadians, decide to treat our livestock in a respectful and caring manner, I’d just as soon have as little to do with any economic practice associated with them. I am not the only one who thinks this way; there are a growing number of us in Canada. If you don’t believe me, just go to your local grocery store and look at the how agricultural producers/manufacturers are trying to market their products: labels are now emblazoned with the terms “free range,” “open range,” “free from,” etc.) to get us to buy.
I look forward to hearing what you plan to do to protect the dolphins who are being mercilessly slaughtered in Japan.
Thank you for your attention to my concerns.
Now I’m off to look for the phone number to a nearby Japanese embassy so I can call them and tell them what I think.
Please, please, please join the global effort to stop the dolphin slaughter. For more info, here’s a blog post from a doctor of veterinary medicine on the subject. He offers a petition to sign if that’s all you have time to do.
Even Yoko Ono Lennon has had her say on this (you can read her full letter here):
The way you are insisting on a big celebration of killing so many Dolphins and kidnapping some of them to sell to the zoos and restaurants at this very politically sensitive time, will make the children of the world hate the Japanese.
I think Yoko has it 100% right! Please consider doing your part to save our world’s dolphins from inhumane slaughter.
In peace, shee