We at the East African Whale Shark Trust are horrified, outraged and ultimately hugely saddened by the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. We cannot believe that such killing can ever be justified and are shocked that such brutality continues today. We watched it on Sky News in horror. It is indescribable watching the Save The Dolphin campaigners swimming out on their surf boards in an attempt to stop the fishermen getting close to the dolphins enclosed in the pens. The fishermen turn their propeller engines on the campaigners and stab at them with fishing hooks. You can see the water is red with blood and the angry fishermen are very aggressive with any reporters who try to get close to the ugly scene. In the pen young dolphins swim around, waiting for their fate. They say that the it takes about 6 minutes for the dolphins to die and that they cry and scream in agony. Every season the Japanese fishermen kill around 1200 dolphins and sell many to be used as tourist attractions. The world should not sit by and let this happen. Please check out www.savejapandolphins.org
We are thankful that our dolphins in Kenya are for the most part safe, and that they can swim around in peace, enjoying our oceans. What is it about human nature that allows such senseless destruction and devastation? From watching dolphins play around in front of Chale Island yesterday to watching this awful coverage today, we are just stricken.