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I’m extremely upset that dolphins are being slaughtered in Taiji, Japan.

Stop the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan: now!

Why is the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan not mentioned on the WWF Japan website? See THE COVE movie. WWF must take action to stop the killing, immediately!
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  • Dear Julia
    Our response: Dear Chris,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your reactions to
    “The Cove”. This hunt in Japan is not something that WWF is actively
    working on at present, but we do greatly encourage the government of
    Japan and the people of Taiji to reconsider it. WWF believes that,
    as the hunt is not necessary for subsistence or cultural reasons, and
    as management of the hunt has not been effective and transparent, and
    as contaminant levels in the dolphin meat pose a human health concern,
    a switch in Taiji from dolphin hunting to dolphin and whale watching
    would be extremely positive.

    We encourage people to visit www.takepart.com/thecove for information
    on many different ways to get involved.
    WWF has a long and active history in whale, dolphin and porpoise
    conservation. WWF is the only NGO working to conserve all 5
    populations of river dolphins, and has many active programmes to
    conserve coastal and marine whales, dolphins and porpoises. In fact,
    WWF works on all 8 species of small cetacean which are listed as
    threatened (critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable) by IUCN.
    To find out more about our work in the area go to:
    http://www.panda.org/what_we_do/endan...
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    • I know that WWF is working to save other spiecies, but one thing I'd like to bring to your attenion...one of the cove watchers that work for sea shepherd came to our school and gave a talk and the only question there was is why WWF doesnt feaure anywhere? You might be doing a whole lot of good in other places but dont you think that a mass munder of animals should be looked and reacted upon?
    • There are many hunts of small whales and dolphins around the world. These hunts are not managed by the International Whaling Commission, and thus are far more unregulated and uncontrolled than whaling. Hunts in Japan (bottlenose dolphin, Dall's porpoise and other species) and the Faroe Islands, Denmark (pilot whales) have received widespread international attention and criticism. WWF opposes all hunts which are unsustainable - the Dall's porpoise hunt in Japan is one example. However other hunts are not unsustainable, and do not present a threat to the populations involved. In these cases, WWF does not oppose the hunt, but chooses to focus our efforts on mitigating a far greater threat - bycatch, the incidental capture of animals in fishing gear. Bycatch is estimated to kill more than 300,000 small whales, dolphins and porpoises every year.
      http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endan...
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  • I’m disappointed
    I completely agree. I feel that WWF, being an already active supporter of marine mammals and their well being, should make this much more known.
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  • I’m frustrated
    Dear Julia, Argentina has been having A LOT OF PROBLEMS WIHT JAPAN on this awfull, gruesome issue. The coast guards are always ALERT , finding japanese's ships that jaunt whales, THAT ARE UNDER PROTECTION BY LAW. Those poachers are extremely cautios, smart, that is why they always get whit it. We deeply share your concern about the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji.
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  • I’m confused.
    Hi Julia,
    Why is WWF not actively working to solve the hunt problem in Japan?
    Why have they not gotten involved when it seems that this problem could use WWF's help?
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  • I’m excited
    Hello Julia,

    It is a combined effort, I think, and everyone can contribute to the resolution of this problem one way or another. A simple way is to sign a petition such as this one http://www.petitiononline.com/sgw2010... and tell your friends to sign it too. Also, if you have any, tell your Japanese acquaintances, friends, colleagues about Taiji.
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  • I’m sad
    Hello Jackie ated please

    i just wanted to ask why dolphins arent considered protected because of size this is biological nonsense these creatures are being slaughtered from september to march every year these creatures are killed brutally and feel every ounce of pain as the spike enters its back or head please tell the iwc that this will not be toller
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  • I’m frustrated, sad
    Unfortunately, the dolphins that do survive are sold to the captive industry and so the captive industry is one large factor that is actually fueling these drive hunts - the animals are worth a lot more alive than dead.

    SeaWorld have, in the past, taken dolphins from Taiji and many smaller marine parks still do.

    Captivity is a huge problem - for this reason and for others - and it is on a par with other cetacean-related issues (e.g. whaling, bycatch, pollution, etc) - for more information go to wdcs.org !!

    Sadly, I am unable to find WWFs standing on the captive marine industry - all I can find are descriptions of affiliations between WWF and SeaWorld.
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  • Jackie (Official Rep) July 18, 2010 06:38
    Julia
    We do have a general policy on animal breeding in captivity.
    http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/how_w...

    However, our focus is always about conserving habitat so that wild animals have their wild places to thrive and survive. Our expertise and resource allocation geared is therefore geared toward helping our living planet stay alive and to maintain the diverse biodiversity that Earth sustains.

    But there are other organisations such whose expertise and resource allocation is focussed on animals in captivity and animal welfare. The list below may be helpful to you Julia.
    International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) - www.ifaw.org
    World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) - http://www.wspa.org.au
    The Born Free Foundation in the UK welcomes all reports of animal suffering for captive wild animals including zoos http://www.bornfree.org.uk/index.shtml
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  • I’m absolutely shocked
    A policy on captive breeding is great - do you have a policy on marine mammal captivity? Most organisations, like yourself, have an official standing point, even if they aren't geared toward that particular issue.

    As you mention your breeding policy, I quote:

    "WWF considers captive breeding of rare, threatened, or endangered species, with the aim of eventual reintroduction to the wild, to be a “last resort” strategy. It is exceedingly difficult and must be part of a scientifically-based management plan for the species, working closely with the range country government authorities."

    Dolphins bred in captivity will never be released so long as the parks have anything to do with it - they argue they cannot be released. Yet you still work with such parks as continue to breed purely so as to maintain their own population numbers as it is illegal for them to continue to capture (reference to SeaWorld here).

    I quote once more:

    "Captive breeding programmes may act as a research platform for zoologists, veterinarians and others to conduct research designed to enhance understanding of the biology of the species. In these cases, such research may yield invaluable information to inform conservation efforts. However, removal of animals from the wild for captive breeding must not endanger the survival of already vulnerable wild populations. Maintenance of zoo and aquarium populations may be appropriate for research and public education, but should not be seen as a panacea for the hard work of conservation in the field."

    You cannot expect to gain valuable insight into the life of a human being that is held it's entire life in a phonebox. Likewise, you cannot gain valuable insight into a cetacean held in a blue box. There is nothing that is remotely synthetically accurate about the conditions captive marine mammals are held in - their social groups are forced and unrealistic. They cannot hunt or perform any other roles that they would in the wild. They die prematurely. In fact, they exhibit behaviour that has never been seen in the wild (i.e. because wild animals do not exhibit this behaviour).

    The research platform counts for nothing. And this doesn't take into account that research of such parks is usually centred around husbandry on the basis that they want to improve their breeding programmes in order to maintain their captive population and therefore maintain or increase their profit margins.

    And removal of such animals (in particular, orca from Canadian & U.S. waters) has threatened the wild populations.

    Public education of such parks as SeaWorld is flawed - they reject much research conducted on wild orca as it does not tally with their own statistics (e.g. orca longevity); in instances they lie! And they give the impression that such animals are cuddly toys who like to perform and interact with humans (this just isn't the case and encourages illegal conduct around wild marine mammals. Not to mention is completely wrong, especially in the instance of orca where these animals are the apex predator of the ocean and not Shamu).

    So based on this, I still do not understand WWF's opinion on the marine mammal captive industry and I continue to fail to understand why you are affiliated with a park such as SeaWorld.

    I think it's shocking and it inadvertently supports and fuels such slaughters as the drive hunts in Japan. Especially as it is a park as well known as SeaWorld - so long as there is a captive industry these drive hunts will continue.

    It's great that WWF are focused on conserving the marine (and other) habitat, but what use is it if the animals living in it are slowly being picked off or taken into captivity? Surely in this case your efforts would be better concentrated in improving the captive habitat?
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  • WWF (Official Rep) July 19, 2010 08:17
    Hi Sam

    Sorry for this: can you help me find where it says WWF are affiliated with SeaWorld and work with them on captive breeding programmes?

    I've done some digging, but all I can find so far is where SeaWorld supported WWF's activities out in the wild, such as with leatherbacks in Costa Rica:

    http://www.seaworld.com/SitePage.aspx...

    Or is it here: where SeaWorld donates to WWF's projects in the Arctic:

    http://www.seaworldcares.com/conserva...

    A link to any webpage/s would be great, and would help me investigate.

    Many thanks for your help and your very thoughtful concerns.
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  • I’m still very shocked
    I have never said they are involved in the breeding programme.... but WWF do receive money from SeaWorld - through people buying tickets to go to SeaWorld & with the Smart Gear competition. You can do a basic Google search to find this on the internet.

    R.e buying tickets with a donation for WWF - yes, the money is going toward your Arctic programme, but it's effectively slave money. SeaWorld are using WWF to attract more parent to bring their kids to their parks - because WWF will receive a donation with each child's ticket bought!

    It all boils down to the fact that WWF is taking money made from the exploitation of marine mammals. And the fact that WWF is being used as an encouragement in order to keep funding these exploitations.

    By getting involved with one area of the company, WWF is getting involved with all areas and basically saying it is OK to keep these animals in a synthetically inaccurate environment, performing tricks for food their whole lives!

    Please see:

    http://scotland.wwf.org.uk/wwf_articl...

    http://www.seaworldcares.com/conserva...
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  • Apologies - I didn't see the comment to flip over to the original post - that's absolutely fine! The only reason I mentioned anything here is because to support marine captive facilities is to inadvertently fund the dolphin drive hunts in Taiji!
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  • Is it possible to send one person to represent WWF? The Cove Guardians have extended a plea to the environmental organizations of the world to have someone there to support them. I beg of you on there behalf to send someone to Taiji. I know that you will do the right thing. WWF is honorable and I am sure will will answer their cry even if no one else does.
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  • I’m frustrated MAJOR!
    i cant belive these people do this to dolphins. i mean like what do they have against you?? Put yourself in the dophiins shoes and see how you feel trying to hide from everything natural and being taken away from the things you love. this is just wrong. but i am satisfied that people are taking action in this problem and including me. :P
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  • I’m unconcerned
    Bless all the dolphins in the world and including those who try their best to help
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  • Hello Everyone who has been replying to my post over the last year and more;
    I am still here in Toronto, Canada, and still signing all the petitions I can related to trying to get the dolphin hunt stopped in Japan. I wish the WWF would do more to help to stop this cruel slaughter. I just sent an email to President Obama in the White House to urge him to talk with the President of Japan on this issue during his upcoming visit in Japan in the next few days. My wish is that we can all keep working to get this slaughter stopped, support Ric O'Barry and his efforts related to the movie The Cove, and by spreading the word, getting the message out.
    Thank you for all your messages and support. Keep at it! And yes, saloni110: bless all the dolphins in the world and including those who try their best to help. Thank you for that.

    Julia in Toronto, Canada
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  • I’m frustrated
    DEAR JULIA:
    I DO HOPE THAT ALL THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING IN SAVING THE DOLPHIN AND STOP THE SLAUGHTER IN JAPAN WILL PAY OFF. SOONER OR LATER PEOPLE WILL REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ISSUE. BEST WISHES!!!
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  • I’m frustrated
    WWF has no intention of sending a single person to Taiji. It's just not important enough. They have plenty of words to offer on the subject and I am sure they are doing many things from the comfort of their office, but they will just leave the rest to a 16 year old girl and her father who have been there since early September. Actions speak louder than words.
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