Mark the date that this tradition started in Taiji. Or at least the date that we all became aware of the plan by a very few Taijians to embark on a new form of dolphin treachery.
April 30, 2012.
The date that most of us learned that The Taiji Cove may become a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, instead of just a kill-the dolphins experience, or a capture-the-dolphins-for-the-dolphin-show experience, or a display-the-dolphins experience, or a capture-and-then-fail-to-make-a-dolphin-survive-captivity experience, or an eat-the-dolphins experience.
Seems that the only way these people do not want to experience the dolphins is free. Living on their own terms, in their own environment.
That’s just sad. Nope. Incorrect. It’s also despicable.
By the way, the hundreds-years-old “tradition”, the one of the Japanese dolphin drive-hunt, appears to have begun in approximately 1980. Just sayin’.
Here are the various news outlets and bloggers that have reported it thus far:
- Sandy McElhaney at The Examiner, Dolphin meat likely to be on menu at planned Taiji whale zoo
- National Post, Taiji, dolphin-hunting Japanese town from ‘The Cove’, plans marine park
- Herald Sun, ‘The Cove’ plans dolphin swim park, Infamous ‘Cove’ may become marine park but dolphin slaughter to continue
- The Daily Yomiuri, Wakayama town eyes creating giant whale pool at cove
- Ecorazzi, Dolphin-Hunting Japanese Town Plans Marine ‘Park’
- The Mark, Swim with the dolphins, enjoy some sashimi – take in all that Taiji has to offer!
- GlobalPost, Japanese dolphin hunt town Taiji considers marine safari park.
Marine safari? Give these people a clue.