Starting from September 1st all the way through to the end of March, fishermen in Taiji, Japan go out in ‘banger boats’ every day (with exceptions) to unexpectedly ambush dolphins while they are en-route to their migration grounds. These fishermen, also called killermen, look for a pod of dolphins, corral them by banging on long poles emerged into the water used to scare the dolphins (caused by their ultra sensitive hearing) into a Cove where they are then trapped/confined by nets awaiting to be either sold to worldwide dolphinariums and marine parks, or more commonly, a cruel and brutal death.
Every year these actions are taken and end with taking the lives of nearly 2,000 dolphins from the oceans. Every year the boats go out and more commonly than not, come back in chasing a pod of dolphins.
- What happens with all this dolphin meat?
The meat from these souls are put into school lunches for KIDS to eat unknowingly, the meat is sold in markets not labeled as dolphin meat. Now, Yahoo! Japan is selling it online!
- Does this pose a threat?
Of course it does. Dolphin meat holds a very high level of mercury toxin. The safe level of mercury intake is set at a 0.4ppm (parts per million). The average concentration of mercury levels in meat in dolphin meat from the Cove in Taiji is at 1.78ppm, more than 4 more times that ‘safe’ level! One piece of dolphin meat that was tested, found to have 16 times that safe level with a reading of 6.5ppm! And again, this is being fed to the CHILDREN. Mercury is a toxin that can be very fatal. It is a toxin that is absorbed by your tissue and just eats away at it, never leaving. So, the more and more dolphin meat that is consumed in Japan, the higher the chance of sickness!
- What are the threats of mercury?
Mercury poisoning from fish can cause permanent damage to the brain and kidneys. When absorbed by the skin, mercury and its compounds can trigger allergic reactions. If ingested in the body, mercury causes severe renal and gastrointestinal disorders. Pregnant women, infants and children have adverse effects of mercury poisoning from fish, as it hampers the neurological development of the brain. During the pregnancy period, if the mother suffers from mercury poisoning then it can lead to the poor development of the child and he may be born with some defects like poor memory and damaged brain cells. Some more symptoms of mercury poisoning from fish consumption are as follows:
- Vision impairment.
- Numbness in hands and feet.
- Poor coordination of muscles.
- Problems related to speech, walking and the neurological system.
- Muscle weakness.
- Mood swings and erratic behavior.
- Mental imbalance.
- Can cause multiple birth defects in offspring.
Now you know how and when the slaughter happens, where it goes, the secrets of the slaughter, and how it can affect you in disastrous ways. The question that must be bopping around in your head is, what can I do to help?
- What can I do to help?
There are many ways that one can go about ending this condemned practice in Taiji. The simplest, stay updated and share with others the info that you know on the subject.
Go to http://www.animals.change.org and sign the petition to end this murder!
Become a Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian to watch and protect the dolphin directly INSIDE Taiji!
Watch the award winning documentary ‘The Cove’ and share with a group of friends, this will get word out quick and cause a ripple effect.
Visit http://www.WeFightForWhales.wordpress.com/all-taiji-hunt-updates/ and stay updated day to day!
*For more on what you can do go to SaveJapanDolphins.org or SeaShepherd.org*
So far this year around 100 deaths have taken place in the Cove and they will continue unless you speak up. Protest this practice that has no place in the 21st century. Let your voice be heard. Take action and save a life.