Embassy of Japan in Brussels, 22 February 2013: Amanprana supports the worldwide protest against the senseless slaughtering of dolphins
Peaceful protest of Amanprana and Martine Prenen against massive dolphin slaughter in Japan
22 February 2013 saw peaceful protests in front of Japanese embassies all around the world against the massive slaughter of dolphins in that country.
20,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales are being slaughtered in Japan every year. From September to March, fishermen force entire schools of small whale species into a cove, then stab them mercilessly and let them drown. This dolphin slaughter was virtually unknown until 2003, when Sea Shepherd published secretly obtained films and photographs of the now infamous bloody 'Cove' in the village of Taiji.
Since then, several campaigns have been held against the dolphin slaughter. In 2009 the documentary film 'The Cove' on the slaughter of dolphins and whales at the Taiji Bay shocked the world. The protest on 22 February 2013 was intended to heighten pressure on Japan to end the cruel and destructive slaughter of dolphins. Through a campaign on Facebook, initiator of the worldwide protest day Shona Lewendon was able to mobilise people in 41 countries around the world to take part in demonstrations at Japanese embassies. On 22 February, protesters pointed their arrows at the largest sports event in the world. All the key cities in Europe, Canada, North America, South America, Australia, Asia and Africa have voiced their concern about the matter to Japan and to the International Olympic Committee IOC.
"No!" to Olympic Games in Japan as long as massive dolphin slaughter
carries on in this country!
Japan has submitted a bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games. The worldwide protest aims at preventing that the International Olympic Committee IOC shuts its eyes to the slaughter of dolphins and whales in the country. The Japanese government, although aware of the slaughter practices in Taiji and elsewhere, does nothing. Hence slaughtering dolphins is still allowed in Japan. The International Olympic Committee will visit Japan shortly to inspect the Tokyo facilities for the 2020 Olympics. We believe that a country that brutally slaughters its animals, is not worthy of organising the Olympic Games. The IOC should no longer shut its eyes to Japan's cruel and massive dolphin slaughter and trade, or to its whale hunt practices!
Dolphin meat is unhealthy!
Captured dolphins are sold to theme parks all over the world. However, the majority of the dolphins and small whales captured during the Taiji drive hunts are killed and their meat sold for human consumption. Respected scientists all over the world warn of the high levels of mercury, PCB and other toxins in dolphin meat. The local Taiji population neglects the warnings, stating that many elderly people have been eating dolphin their whole life. Unfortunately, with their negation they accept the propaganda of the Japanese government, implying that the levels and threat of mercury in the meat are not significant.
Amanprana and well-known Flemings join in protest: 'Dolphin slaughter is not an Olympic sport!'
The Olympic Charter contains specific language as regards the role of the IOC, namely 'to encourage and support responsible concern for the environment'. With the demonstration on 22 February 2013, protesters wanted to show the International Olympic Committee that the world is watching. Japan should take its responsibility as regards the slaughtering of dolphins and whales and the preservation of these animals. Two years ago, a petition with thousands of signatures against the dolphin hunt was presented to the Japanese embassy in Brussels in the presence of Tom Waes and Dirk Draulans. This year, other well-known Flemings have again shown their support to the protest against the dolphin slaughter. Among them, Martine Prenen joined Amanprana at the demonstration on 22 February in Brussels.
|Martine Prenen condemns dolphin slaughter|
Protest Amanprana at the Embassy of Japan
Martine Prenen and Amanprana against dolphin slaughter
Martine Prenen signs petition against dolphin slaughter