Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Truth About Sea World

This is a video that was posted by Lincoln O'Barry and Ric O'Barry on Facebook and I wanted to share this out.

Thank you for caring about our dolphin friends..together we can stop this horrendous slaughter in Taiji.
Jackie Bigford

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Save Japan's Dolphins

I produced this video to give my friends in Social Media a voice. So many want to be involved and do not know how. This simple video lets them tell the people of Japan that the world is watching..The brutal small band of men who savagely murder these beautiful friends for nothing more than greed must be stopped. Taiji Japan the world is uniting and the world will no longer let you get away with this.

Please feel free to share this with your Social Media circle, repost on your own blogs linking back here please.A special thank you to a very kind man who did all of the editing for this project..he is amazing and you can find him on Twitter here : Paul Steele

Thank you for sharing your love ~~><(((º>~ of dolphins 

Jackie Bigford

Fisherman's Catch of the Day - Breathtaking Photo

IT'S the one-in-a-million shot some people spend years trying to capture. 

Fisherman and photographer Matt Deans wasn't even thinking about picking up a camera until moments before this dolphin leapt from the water beside his boat on Friday.
He was motoring back from an unsuccessful day's fishing with his father and cousin when they saw the lone mammal 5km off Coffs Harbour.
The 33-year-old grabbed a battered old point-and-shoot camera he keeps on the boat to take fishing photos.
"It was just one of those magic moments when all the elements combined," he said yesterday.
"I saw it and said 'Just cut the motor back a sec, we have a dolphin here'. Then as soon as we cut the outboard back, it let fly."
Breaching the ocean's calm surface, the dolphin arced high in the air before splashing down and disappearing underwater.
Story Credit: Daily Telegraph

Thank you for sharing my space and our Love of Dolphins

Monday, December 20, 2010

Keeping The Pressure On IMATA

Keeping the pressure on IMATA – by Greg and Posh

In 2006, the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA) issued a statement condemning the practice of dolphin drives and facilities that benefit or receive marine mammals as a result of dolphin drives. Since that statement, facilities receiving dolphins from documented dolphin drives and slaughters have enjoyed full access to all the education and services IMATA offers. IMATA contends allowing these facilities, and their employees, access to education and training is key to influencing change and stopping the dolphin drives. In contrast, individuals speaking against IMATA, questioning their resolve or tactics, are restricted and their comments removed from IMATA’s discussion boards.
It seems ironic that facilities which publicly and willfully contradict IMATA’s code of ethics still receive the full benefits of membership. These facilities do not appear to share the values or mission for conservation IMATA publishes on their website ( yet with the knowledge gained from IMATA, they are able to ensure their facilities improve and profit. By allowing these facilities full IMATA membership and privileges, IMATA promotes the perception they not only condone the dolphin drives, but ensure the process continues.  

IMATA, as an organization, received a tremendous amount of attention regarding their membership and practices prior to the 2010 annual conference in December. Unfortunately, public pressure has decreased following the conference as access to their discussion boards has been restricted. IMATA isn’t just hopeful public pressure will ease, they are counting on it. At the 2009 mid-year board meeting, Michael Hunt, then President of IMATA, stated he felt questions of IMATA’s association would come but “believes they will go away with time”.

Don’t let the issue of dolphin drives fall by the wayside. IMATA is in a position to exhort  massive public and professional pressure on governments, facilities and individuals associated with dolphin drives. Don’t let the restrictions stop you, take a moment to contact IMATA and urge them to take greater action to end dolphin drives:

General Contact:                         
Dave Roberts,
Michael Osborn,
President Elect                            
Mark Xitco,
Legistaltion, Information & Policy 

Article reprinted from post by: Discovering our Route

Thank you for sharing my space and sharing your love of dolphins
JackiesBuzz (on Twitter)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Where Are The Stars - The Cove PSA

Dear Stars,
I saw your friends. They were not doing well and they wondered where you were. They really appreciated your little video encouraging others to help. I have a blog with a whopping 17 followers, so my reach is slightly limited compared to yours. But, I’m trying.

I watched as your friends were killed and wondered why you weren’t here for them. Your Friend Is . . . DEAD!
Thanks for making the P.S.A. I’m sure your friends appreciate it.
Mike Lorden, Cove Guardian

Is it possible that the stars in The Cove P.S.A. may have not actually seen the movie itself which would explain their reluctance to serve as Cove Guardians. I was wrong. Just over one year ago, Ben Stiller stated how he and his friends had seen ‘The Cove.” See video below:

Wait a second! Did I hear Ben Stiller say that the killing had stopped? This video was posted in November, 2009! Do you mean to tell me that no one has told Hollywood that dolphins are still being massacred? Is it truly possible that not a single animal-loving star has heard about the continued holocaust of Taiji, Hell? If that’s the case, we are doomed! Or should I say, many more intelligent cetaceans are doomed!
You know, maybe I am being too hard on them. Maybe it is our own fault that we would care too much while others don’t care enough or not at all. Maybe we should just be happy with what we have . . . a video:

Please feel free to share this post.  Thank you to my friend Holise E. Cleveland Cyber Whale Warrior for his tireless efforts to bring this horrendous issue to the forefront and for his generosity in sharing his posts with me. Thank you for stopping in to share your love of dolphins.

Jackie Bigford

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Contacting Japan Directly - Taiji #TheCove

 Here are some numbers to contact Japan Directly every time a pod is pushed into the Cove.  Please remember that when we plug their emails and phone lines with thousands of calls we are taking them away from their work and we have the potential to reach someone who could make the difference in Japan.

Please not kill Dolphins=iruka wo korosanaide kudasai.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan1-6-1
Nagata-choChiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
+81-3-5253-2111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +81-3-5253-2111      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Use this link to translate what you want to say to Japanese!|en|

Online automatic comment form: 
Please write your comment on the administration of Japan

Online automatic comment form:
Comment/Question for Cabinet Office Government of Japan:

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Masahiko Yamada
1-2-1 Kasumigasek
iChiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8950 JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3502-8111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +81-3-3502-8111      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax: +81-3-3502-8220

Online Automatic Form for the Dept of Fisheries:

We are inviting the opinion from you by categories.
As follows: Food, Agriculture, Fishing, Forestry, Farm villages and fishing villages

Fishermen's cooperative (FU) in Taiji
Tel: +81 735 59 2340 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +81 735 59 2340      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax # is +81 735 59 3018 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +81 735 59 3018      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Taiji Mayor Sangen...City Hall: phone: +81-73-559-2335 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +81-73-559-2335      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

When calling the Taiji Whale Museum you can say you are a tourist and need English

Taiji Whale Museum: +81-73-559-3732 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +81-73-559-3732      

 Thank you for sharing your love of Dolphins and please pass these numbers on ~

Jackie Bigford

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Do The Japanese Embassy's Get our Emails

 Reprinted with permission from Cyber Whale Warrior

As Cyber Whale Warriors, it is one of our duties to monitor the situation in Taji, Japan. When the evil fisherman set out for their inhumane slaughter, we act accordingly by sending emails to Japanese embassies, consulates and even the Japanese Prime Minister.
I would like to share with you an email I received from my friend, Jaki. She writes:
Messaged them!~ I wonder if they get even half of what I send?
My response is as follows:
I will share something with you that I have not mentioned before. Chances are, they have filters in place. What this means is that, if you send multiple emails to them, the computer will filter out the duplicates and they will only see one of your emails. There are ways to get around this: 1) Use different email addresses to mail “from.” 2) Make the body text of your email different each time.
They do respond with a general statement. Chances are, this response goes straight to your junk mail because you get the same response for each unique email that you send them. The good news is that we are gumming up their server. If we each send a hundred emails, they are receiving hundreds of thousands. If we are mailing to a consulate or embassy during its normal business hours, they may not be able to use their email system or they will have much difficulty, at the least. Furthermore, they are to have an individual or individuals read and catalog each unique email. Keep this in mind when mailing them.
There is a person at the end. Who knows who this person might be. It could be the Prime Minister, but I doubt that. If they are smart, they have college interns doing this job for free. That means there could be a young and hungry mind reading your email.
So, the next time you fire off a few hundred emails, make them count. What you say is very important. What you say could very well touch the heart of the potential hero that changes the world to a better place.
Jaki is a rather splendid music artist. I highly recommend that you check out her music here.

“In the modern world, the interests of a particular community can no longer be considered to lie within the confines of its own boundaries.” – Dalai Lama

Thank you for sharing my space and your love of Dolphins...together we can make a difference
Jackie Bigford

Monday, November 8, 2010

Japanese University Emails - Save Japan Dolphins

listed are the e-mails for several Japanese Universities: shall we write to them telling them how we feel about that crime?e-mails: , , , , ,,, ,, ,, ,, ,, ,, , , ,, ,, ,

Letter sample:

To whom it might concern,This message's intention is to inform you that, due to your government's attitude, defying worldwide public opinion, by insisting on the brutal killing of whales and dolphins in Taiji, I will spare no efforts to promote a BOYCOTT to all japanese products: not only the ones that are produced in Japan, but also of the ones put at sale in my country if they carry any japonese brand's name.Japan is a very wealthy country that insists on desrespecting the rest of the world with its attiudes as a country which makes from whale hunt an industry. Your crimminal behaviour towards marine species will not be tolerated any longer.I will make every effort to, by all means to my knowledge and possibilities, promote a drastic reduction on Japanese tourism, which I shall no longer visit, as long as you insist on your defiant position.I used to have a very good image of Japan. Not any longerAs a a very hard worker on many animal protection groups, I will be promoting this Boycott Request, to which, I am pretty sure, most people will join, both in Portugal and Brasil.I will be listing every japanese brand to my knowledge __ from cars, domestic appliandes, such as TVS and sound equipments, to photographical equipment brands __ so that people be sure not to buy them at all. And I will also advise people about not joining any japanese universitary program as long this"research program" of Japan goes on. This not scientific research: this is pure greedy slaughter and a defiance to the public opinion.Yours sincerely,

I think this is a great idea. Simply copy and paste the addresses. I would alter the body a bit to make it more personalized.
  (Re-Posted from Facebook)

Thank you for caring and sharing your love of dolphins

Jackie Bigford

Mercury Danger Petition

Mercury Danger Petition

Please copy, paste and email or print, mail/fax the following petition to the Japanese Minister of Health:


Policy Planning and Communication Division
The Department of Food Safety Bureau
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Tokyo, Japan

Fax: +81-3-3503-7965

Dear Minister of Health:

There is worldwide concern that mercury accumulated in the human body may pose a serious health risk, especially to pregnant women and children.

As you know, dolphin meat from drive hunts in Taiji, Wakayama prefecture, proved to be highly contaminated with toxic chemicals such as mercury, methyl mercury and PCBs. Repeated chemical analyses have shown that the level of mercury in dolphin meat is much higher than the maximum allowable level set by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan.

We understand that the role of the Department of Food Safety Bureau is to promote food safety, thereby ensuring the health of the Japanese people. We urgently request the following:

1. Prohibit the sale of dolphin meat that contains mercury exceeding the maximum allowable level set by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW). The sale of food items with toxic agricultural chemicals exceeding the maximum allowable level set by MHLW is already prohibited as a result of the "Positive-list System," which was adopted in 2006. Since mercury is as harmful to the human body as toxic agricultural chemicals, the "Positive-list System" should also apply to mercury.

2. Until the above request is put into effect, consumers must be warned of the dangers associated with consuming mercury contaminated dolphin meat, in much the same way they are being warned of the health risks associated with smoking cigarettes: Every store that sells dolphin meat must be obligated to post a prominent warning label on each meat package, stating as follows: "This food item possibly contains mercury exceeding the maximum allowable level set by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Mercury accumulated in the human body may harm your health."


Name & address: ____________________

 Reprinted from Animal Welfare Institute

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Comprehensive List of Sister Cities of Japan from Around the World

Sister State and Sister City Relations Between the U.S. and Northern Japan
Japanese Prefectures & Cities U.S. Counterparts Date Signed

State of Massachusetts February 7, 1990
Sapporo City Portland, Oregon November 17, 1959
Asahikawa City Bloomington-Normal, Illinois October 11, 1962
Muroran City Knoxville, Tennessee January 16, 1991
Obihiro City Seward, Alaska March 27, 1968
Kitami City Elizabeth, New Jersey June 12, 1969
Iwamizawa City Pocatello, Idaho May 20, 1985
Ebetsu City Gresham, Oregon May 20, 1977
Mombetsu City Newport, Oregon April 8, 1966
Fairbanks, Alaska February 8, 1991
Nemuro City Sitka, Alaska December 19, 1975
Chitose City Anchorage, Alaska April 21, 1969
Takikawa City Springfield, Massachusetts August 7, 1993
Setana Town Hanford, California August 11, 1991
Shakotan Town Seaside, Oregon June 10, 1968
Kurisawa Town Canby, Oregon July 19, 1989
Shimukappu Town Aspen, Colorado August 29, 1991
Teshio Town Homer, Alaska April 7, 1984
Saroma Town Palmer, Alaska October 28, 1980
Shizunai Town Lexington, Kentucky July 21, 1988
Memuro Town Tracy, California August 5, 1989
Nanae Town Concord, Massachusetts November 15, 1999
Takinoue Town Mountain Village, Alaska December 2, 1988
Aomori Prefecture State of Maine May 25, 1994
Hachinoge City Federal Way, Washington August 1, 1993
Kuroishi City Wenatchee, Washington October 5, 1971
Misawa City Wenatchee, Washington October 4, 1981
Mutsu City Port Angels, Washington August 13, 1995
Hirosaki City Martin, Tennessee June 13, 1998
Shariki Town Bath, Maine September 7, 1993
Iwaki Town (Hirosaki City) Milwaukee, Oregon June 4, 1993
Owani Town Novi, Michigan February 3, 1972
Itayanagi Town Yakima, Washington February 3, 1972
Tsuruta Town Hood River, Oregon July 27, 1977
Takko Town Gilroy, California April 18, 1988

Iwate Prefecture
Hanamaki City Hot Springs, Arkansas January 15, 1993
Kitakami City Concord, California October 25, 1974
Kuji City Franklin, Indiana October 5, 1960
Yahagi Town Fremont, Michigan July 22, 1995
Ishidoriya Town Rutland, Vermont October 8, 1986
Kanegasaki Town Amherst, Massachusetts August 18, 1993
Iwaizumi Town Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin August 6, 1992
Miyagi Prefecture State of Delaware September 10, 1997
Sendai City Riverside, California March 9, 1957
Ishinomaki City Everett, Washington August 23, 1993
Furukawa City Middletown, Ohio October 18, 1990
Kakuda City Greenfield, Indiana September 12, 1990
Iwanuma City Napa, California February 15, 1973
Marumori Town Hemet, California May 12, 1990
Shichigahama Town Plymouth, Massachusetts October 3, 1990

Akita Prefecture
Akita City (Yuwa Town) St. Cloud, Minnesota September 28, 1990
Noshiro City Wrangell, Alaska December 16, 1965
Wakami Town Livingston, California August 18, 1994
Nikaho Town Shawnee, Oklahoma September 27, 1990

Sister cities, towns and villages of Kyoto Prefecture

Name of city, town and village City Name Nation name Tie-up date
Kyoto City Paris French Republic June 15, 1958
Boston United States of America (Massachusetts) June 24, 1959
Cologne Federal Republic of Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia) May 29, 1963
Firenze Republic of Italy (Tuscany) September 22, 1965
Kiev Ukraine September 7, 1971
Xi’an People’s Republic of China (Shaanxi) May 10, 1974
Guadalajara United Mexican States (Jalisco) October 20, 1980
Zagreb Republic of Croatia October 22, 1981
Prague Czech Republic April 15, 1996
Maizuru City Nakhodka Russian Federation (Primorsky Krai) June 21, 1961
Dalian People’s Republic of China (Liaoning) May 8, 1982
Portsmouth United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland May 27, 1998
Ayabe City Jyojyuku People’s Republic of China (Jiangsu) May 12, 1989
Jerusalem State of Israel February 9, 2000
Uji City Nuwara Eliya Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka April 12, 1986
XianYang People’s Republic of China (Shaanxi) July 24, 1986
Kamloops Canada (British Columbia) July 1, 1990
Miyazu City Nelson New Zealand May 7, 1976
Del Rey Beach United States of America (Florida) September 29, 1977
Qin Huang Dao People’s Republic of China (Hebei) July 6, 1987
Kameoka City Knittelfeld Republic of  Austria (Steiermark) April 14, 1964
Jandira Federative Republic of Brazil (Sao Paulo) November 3, 1985
Stillwater United States of America (Oklahoma) November 3, 1985
Suzhou People’s Republic of China (Jiangsu) December 31, 1996
Joyo City Kyongsan Republic of  Korea (North Gyeongsang) January 22, 1991
Vancouver United States of America (Washington) October 30, 1995
Muko City Saratoga United States of America (California) November 16, 1984
Hangzhou People’s Republic of China (Zhejiang) September 27, 1985
Nagaokakyo City Ningbo People’s Republic of China (Zhejiang) April 21, 1983
Arlington United States of America (Massachusetts) September 21, 1984
Yawata City Milan United States of America (Ohio) August 12, 1986
Baoji People’s Republic of China (Shaanxi) November 11, 1992
Nantan City Manila Republic of the Philippines (Luzon) August 21, 1985
Clutha District New Zealand November 7, 2002
Kyotango City Bozhou City Peoole’s Republic of China (Anhui Province) October 6, 2006
Seika Town Norman United States of America (Oklahoma State) September 1, 2005
Kyotanba Town Hawksbury Australia (New South Wales State) June 7, 1988

 Wikepedia List of Towns and Sister Cities in Japan from Around the World


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[edit] Asago

[edit] Asahikawa

[edit] Ashiya

[edit] Atsugi

[edit] Beppu

[edit] Chiba

[edit] Chikura

[edit] Chitose

[edit] Daisen

[edit] Ebino

[edit] Echizen

[edit] Edogawa

[edit] Fukuoka

[edit] Funabashi

[edit] Gifu

[edit] Goshiki

[edit] Hachinohe

[edit] Hadana

[edit] Hakata-ku

[edit] Hakodate

[edit] Hamamatsu

[edit] Hanamaki

[edit] Hanyū

[edit] Hida

[edit] Higashimurayama

[edit] Hikone

[edit] Himeji

[edit] Hiroshima

[edit] Hokuto

[edit] Hokkaidō

[edit] Hyogo Prefecture

[edit] Ibusuki

[edit] Ichibara

[edit] Ikata

[edit] Imabari

[edit] Isesaki

[edit] Ishikari

[edit] Itami

[edit] Iwakuni

[edit] Izumi

[edit] Izumo

[edit] Joyo

[edit] Kadoma

[edit] Kaga

[edit] Kagoshima

[edit] Kakegawa

[edit] Kakogawa

[edit] Kakuda

[edit] Kamakura

[edit] Kamo

[edit] Kanazawa

[edit] Kanegasaki

[edit] Kariya

[edit] Kasugai

[edit] Kawanishi

[edit] Kawai

[edit] Kawasaki

[edit] Kitami

[edit] Kiyosato

[edit] Kobe

[edit] Kochi

[edit] Komaki

[edit] Konan

[edit] Kōka

[edit] Komatsu

[edit] Kori

[edit] Kōtō

[edit] Kumagaya

[edit] Kumamoto

[edit] Kurashiki

[edit] Kusatsu

[edit] Kushiro City

[edit] Kyoto

[edit] Kyoto Prefecture

[edit] Maebaru

[edit] Maizuru

[edit] Makino

[edit] Matsudo

[edit] Matsumoto

[edit] Matsuyama

[edit] Memuro

[edit] Miharu

[edit] Minakami

[edit] Misato

[edit] Misawa

[edit] Mito

[edit] Miyazaki

[edit] Moka

[edit] Mombetsu

[edit] Moriguchi

[edit] Moriya

[edit] Moriyama

[edit] Muko

[edit] Muryama

[edit] Myōkō

[edit] Nagaizumi

[edit] Nagakute

[edit] Nagano

[edit] Nagaoka

[edit] Nagasaki

[edit] Nagoya

[edit] Naero

[edit] Nara

[edit] Narita

[edit] Nayoro

[edit] Naze

[edit] Nemuro

[edit] Neyagawa

[edit] Niiharu

[edit] Niigata

[edit] Niiza

[edit] Nikko

[edit] Nishinomiya

[edit] Nishio

[edit] Nomi

[edit] Ogano

[edit] Ohara

[edit] Ōita

[edit] Okayama

[edit] Okazaki

[edit] Omihachiman

[edit] Osaka

[edit] Osaka Prefecture

[edit] Ota

[edit] Otaru

[edit] Otsu

[edit] Ritto

[edit] Rumoi

[edit] Ryuou

[edit] Saga

[edit] Saitama

[edit] Sakai

[edit] Sakata

[edit] Sanda

[edit] Sannohe

[edit] Sapporo

[edit] Sasebo

[edit] Sendai, Miyagi

[edit] Setagaya

[edit] Seto

[edit] Shigaraki

[edit] Shimada

[edit] Shimonoseki

[edit] Shinagawa

[edit] Shirojiri

[edit] Shizunai

[edit] Shizuoka

[edit] Tahara

[edit] Takarazuka

[edit] Takikawa

[edit] Tateyama

[edit] Tenri

[edit] Teshio

[edit] Tōbetsu

[edit] Tokoro

[edit] Tokyo

[edit] Tomakomai

[edit] Tomi

[edit] Toyohashi

[edit] Toyama

[edit] Toyama Prefecture

[edit] Toyota

[edit] Tsuchiyama

[edit] Tsukuba Science City

[edit] Tsuruga

[edit] Ube

[edit] Uji

[edit] Utsunomiya

[edit] Wakanai

[edit] Wakayama

[edit] Yachiyo

[edit] Yamagata

[edit] Yamaguchi

[edit] Yamauchi

[edit] Yasu

[edit] Yokohama

[edit] Yokosuka

[edit] Yokaichi

[edit] Yuasa

[edit] Yūki

I hope that this list will assist you in discovering your own cities Sister or Twin in Japan and that you will reach out to the authorities in your city to get a message to the people of Japan to Save the Dolphins...the citizens of Japan have been kept in a News Blackout about what is happening at #TheCove, #Taiji and it is time that they are given the truth.

If your city has a twin that is not listed here please post it in the comments always thank you for taking the time to visit my space and share your love of our friends the dolphins.

Jackie Bigford