Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Update: September 21st Blood Flows at Taiji Japan

The Blood is Flowing in the Cove: Ten Pilot Whales were brutally slaughtered this morning in Taiji Japan/ here is an excerpt of the report that I received from Steve Thompson an activist to save the dolphins:

Dear Friends:

SSCS reports: First Blood: the dolphin kills begin.

NO Media coverage...NO SURPRISE...This is how it has been for EVERY almost every hunting season for 35 years of western activists getting involved. It will take a celebrity or a local Taiji 24 hour sit-in demo to get news coverage. And then, coverage will probably not be positive however unless it involves many Japanese people. There has never been a major organization to invest real funding and resources in Japanese activists. I hope this season is different.

There is no reasonable danger in Taiji! All who can, should go when they can!

The meditation vs. action debate is well-heard...but perhaps not well understood...which will take time...private phone conversations perhaps...

In a nut shell: I am one of those who gets really fu@king angry at the fact of the killings...I was even assaulted by the hunters last year...see youtube "Steven Thompson brutalized in Taiji" ...the police didn't care...part of me doesn't mind going to jail...part of me feels like sinking the ships...kidnapping a dolphin hunter and tying him down and slitting his neck...rejoicing in his last gasps of life...


Meditation and vision are the things that keep me looking for solutions instead of breaking down into tears and these angry destructive thoughts. Meditation and positive imaging keeps my creativity flowing.

We will obviously all choose our own paths, but one thing is certain: going down to Taiji is a good thing this season. Bear witness. Spread awareness. Make friends. Look for solutions.

For me, around Oct. 7th, will be my 6th tour of duty. Join me if you'd like.

Ric's Save Japan Dolphins has paid for an observer and a translator to be in Taiji (see the SJD blog). SSCS calls for volunteers. We need more ideas and local investment of resources: perhaps an office in Taiji. We need volunteers to put their kids in school...in Japanese schools. Celebrities would spread the message...in-country spin would probably not look good but it would continue to raise awareness externally.

Please keep pressure on at Japanese Consulates and Embassies, get to know the Japanese staff...if this is combined with a media attention gathering strategy, it can be more effective. Perhaps petitions that go around could be delivered there. Link to Japan. Perhaps art: music, paintings, plays. Involve children...talk about dolphin families and saving the baby dolphins...anything to give a fresh face to our message: end the hunt. Send your work to Japan and I will take it to Taiji and try to get media coverage with it.

Now, I think, the most vulnerable among us would be perhaps Elora; please send her our love...this is a tough time to be a young activist in Taiji.

In hopes of a dolphin safe and friendly Taiji,

Steven Thompson
TDAG Founder

The Only Way that this is ever going to stop is to get the message to the Japanese people..their country is in a news blackout about what is happening in their waters..world pressure must be kept up..

Please consider getting involved with my Video Project to lend a strong voice to the opposition of this annual killing..Steven is going to Taiji in Japan and I have offered to give him a copy of this video and the results of the petition from Twitter to take with him...we need voices inside of Japan to raise awareness!!

If you have any ideas..please share them...in the meantime it takes a few minutes to make a protest sign, take a picture and send it to dolphins@bell.net..

The original deadline was today Sept. 21st..but in light of what has just happened in Taiji I will extend the submission deadline until Thursday Sept. 23...


Thank you
Jackie Bigford

Monday, September 13, 2010

Twitter Project / Stop the Hunt / Save Japan's Dolphins

What This Project Is About:
I have partnered with Mr. Paul Steele @Paul_Steele to produce a Youtube Video

to involve as many peeps on Twitter or whatever your Social Media site is to show their support to end this horrible Annual Dolphin Slaughter at the Cove in Japan. The completed Youtube video will be sent to all of the Japanese Ambassadors and Government Officials around the world along with the results of the petition that many of you have already signed. Go here if you have not signed yet:
petition to #JAPAN'SCOVE: Stop the Brutal #DolphinSlaughter  http://act.ly/2ca

The world needs to keep the pressure up and let the fishers in Taiji Japan know that they need to end this brutal massacre.  Most people in Japan do not know what is happening in their own back yard as this annual hunt has remained a guarded secret for centuries.  Until Richard O'Barry and his Academy Award winning movie "The Cove" was made most of the rest of the world was ignorant to what was happening as well!!

If you have not seen a screening of "The Cove" here is a link for you to watch it: WARNING: It is disturbing and graphic and you will never view the world the same again. Netflix "Instant Streaming"

This inhumane slaughter goes on for 6 months at the Cove..with the hunt date starting September 1st.  At this point in time, world pressure and the presence of activists and The Sea Shepard  have slowed down the slaughter as the fishers do not like being in the spotlight.  Yesterday, 80 Dolphins were herded into the Cove and several of them have been put into pens to be sold to Aquariums around the World.

We not only have to stop this barbaric slaughter, we have to put pressure on the World Aquariums to stop buying these beautiful creatures.

What Can You Do to Be Involved:
It is very simple....be creative and respectful...we would love it if you translate the message to your own language -

Step 1: send us a photo of you holding a sign with the following message:

Stop the Dolphin Slaughter at the Cove in Japan or Save Japan Dolphins or Save Baby Dolphins or your own phrase
Your Name and Your Country (Can just be your first name only if you prefer)
Your Twitter Name or Youtube Channel or Facebook or whatever site you use if you are not on Twitter but want to be involved

OR A short Video Clip of you with the same info keep it short and to the point pls. and polite :-)

Step 2: Please send your pictures or video clip here: dolphins@bell.net

Step 3: Please tweet out and share on the sites that you belong to. Invite your friends to join

Paul will be editing in links and pictures depicting what is happening at the Cove along with your pictures.

Step 4: Once completed we will upload to Youtube and then we ask that you like and comment on the video. Paul and I will tweet out when it has been uploaded

 We are very fortunate to have the new song by the Watanabes ( a group residing in Japan ) "Whales Can Sing" as a backdrop to this video.  You can listen to it here: http://bit.ly/c2qKhz

Your sign can be hand printed, whatever you wish to create.
Here is an example of something that you can use: I created this in a Word Document, printed it down and this is what will be in my picture.  just go to Wikepedia to find the flag of your country and insert where I have the Canadian Flag:



Save Japan's Dolphins



Thank you for your support of our efforts to end this tragic annual event.

Deadline for submissions: EXTENDED to Oct. 4th in light of what has taken place at Taiji "The Cove" Japan this morning re: 15 brutally slaughtered

If you have any questions kindly forward them to dolphins@bell.net

Jackie Bigford

Dolphin Slaughter at the Cove Japan

Yesterday 80 Dolphins were herded into the COVE..they need our help!! Please take a minute to call the Japanese Embassy in your Country. Politely tell them that the world is watching -
and to NOT KILL these dolphins.

Here are the numbers that I have on hand and if you do not see it there and know the number for your country please leave it in the comment section..

Japanese Embassy, Washington D.C.: (202) 238-6700
Japanese Embassy, London, United Kingdom: +44 (0)20 7465 6500
Japanese Embassy, Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 241 8541
Japanese Embassy, Canberra, Australia: +61 (0)2 6273 3244
Japanese Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa: +27 (0)12 452 1500
Japanese Embassy, Dublin, Ireland: +353 (0)1 202 8300
Japanese Embassy, Wellington, New Zealand: +64 (0)4 473 1540
Japanese Embassy, Berlin, Germany:Tel. +49(0)30210 94-0
Fax+49 (0)30210 94-222
Email: info@botschaft-japan.deૐ