Friday, November 23, 2012

World Wide Dolphin Rallies Nov. 23-25th 2012

9 Rallies for Dolphins and Whales in 7 cities *This Weekend*
Rallies this weekend (Nov,23-25) to shed light for the Dolphins & Whales of Taiji, Japan.
Cities: Canberra, London, LosAngeles, Miami, Milano, SaoPaulo, Vancouver, Texas and Tokyo.

Help us to spread the word!!!! Be part of it!!!! Details posted for each city on Facebook

Thank you to Sandy McElhany for this thought-provoking article;
 One third of the way into following yet another killing season taking place in Taiji, Japan, it is difficult to find a single word to summarize the events that occur in a hidden cove in a small coastal village. Bizarre? Sinister? Bloody? Tragic? Ghastly? Gruesome? All of the above and then some? 
 On November 1, Ceta-Base, the online database of captive marine mammals around the world, reported on its facebook page:
2012/2013 Drive Fisheries page has been updated.
Since the start of the season on September 1st, 2012 a total of 407 dolphins from four species have been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan. Of this total 156 were killed, 221 were released and 28 were live-capture, two additional animals died (one pilot whale after live-capture and one incidental death of a bottlenose following a drive). Species captured, sold & killed include: Bottlenose Dolphins (T. gilli), Risso's Dolphins (G. griseus), Short-finned Pilot Whale (G. macrorhynchus) and Striped Dolphins (S. coeruleoalba).
 Among those who understand the intelligence and complex social structures of these marine mammals is a group of scholars known as the Helsinki Group, who came together in 2010 in Finland. Out of their deliberations came a document known as the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans:
  1. Every individual cetacean has the right to life.
  2. No cetacean should be held in captivity or servitude; be subject to cruel treatment; or be removed from their natural environment.
  3. All cetaceans have the right to freedom of movement and residence within their natural environment.
  4. No cetacean is the property of any State, corporation, human group or individual.
  5. Cetaceans have the right to the protection of their natural environment.
  6. Cetaceans have the right not to be subject to the disruption of their cultures.
  7. The rights, freedoms and norms set forth in this Declaration should be protected under international and domestic law.
  8. Cetaceans are entitled to an international order in which these rights, freedoms and norms can be fully realized.
  9. No State, corporation, human group or individual should engage in any activity that undermines these rights, freedoms and norms.
  10. Nothing in this Declaration shall prevent a State from enacting stricter provisions for the protection of cetacean rights. 
 Please visit Commentary-on-a-bloody-killing-season-taiji for the complete article.

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