To the Prime Minister of Japan,
Japanese Fishermen of Taiji,
On my 12th birthday I got to swim with Dolphins and this was probably one of the highlights of my life. Since then, I have been in awe of these creatures. Dolphins in fact are one of the most intelligent beings on the planet, with brains larger than ours. The way I view these creatures is obviously different to how you see them. These animals belong racing aside sail boats, surfing waves 25 ft high and saving lives. Dolphins are not "pests" and they do not "eat too many fish". The real reason for fish population declines is human over-fishing, climate change and population.
They do not belong in captivity or on a dinner plate, their home is in the ocean.These dolphins are in serious trouble, fighting for their lives as they are being killed in high numbers by YOU.
I and many others are outraged at the brutal slaughter of these dolphins and whales that takes place in Japan. The children of the world are growing up watching you destroy these marine creatures with their blood on YOUR hands. It just shows that Japan has little respect for the oceans and for its conservation. We should be communicating our strong love for peace, not violence.
We must do whatever is necessary to stop the oceans over-exploitation and protect these dolphins.They do not belong to you and neither does the ocean. It is such a waste to think that they will end up as meat product. As well as the dolphins, the people of Japan and around the world should be considered. Numerous studies have confirmed that dolphin meat is heavily laden with toxic levels of mercury and cadmium therefore poisonous to those who consume it.
There is nothing culturally acceptable about chasing pods of dolphins and sending a dagger through their spine. Also, there is nothing culturally acceptable about selling the dolphins who are not slaughtered into a life of captivity and torment.
In addition, the methods used to kill these animals are cruel and in no way should be considered "fishing". Luring the dolphins into bays, then making them suffer long deaths with spears, knives and hooks and watching them drown is an inhumane and disgraceful way of dying.
We demand that Japan permanently and immediately renounce and stop this slaughter. I and others will bring this issue to light and raise awareness worldwide, that killing dolphins is not illegal and it should be. The world is watching you and yes we are judging you.
Please sign this petition if you are willing to be a voice for these dolphins! They understand us but we cant understand them.
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