Monday, August 23, 2010
Saving dolphin in Taiji is cancelled due to an extreme violent nationalist group
Bulletin from the cause: "The Cove" - Save Japan Dolphins
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Posted By: Fonda Berosini
To: Members in "The Cove" - Save Japan Dolphins
UPDATE: Sept.1 Taiji events cancelled
For several important reasons, we have decided to cancel our plans in Taiji, Japan for Sept. 1st.
Most importantly, we received word that an extreme nationalist group known to be violent is set to confront us in Taiji. Our work in Japan has never been about physical confrontation. We believe we are making progress by bringing the truth to the people of Japan about the dolphin slaughter and about mercury-poisoned dolphin meat in markets. We will not play the game that the nationalist groups want us to play - we will not have it become “us versus them.”
"We" are now more than 1.6 million people from 153 countries, including Japan. The militant nationalist groups may gather as they like in Taiji; we will be elsewhere in Japan, talking to the media, explaining the problem, and making sure the public understands that we are not there to fight, but to work together.
I know some will be disappointed, but I really think we can do better elsewhere at this time. Please know that I’m not concerned about my own safety, however many supporters – some from this Cause – are planning to join us, and I won’t risk their well being.
We will not abandon the dolphins in trouble in Taiji and other fishing villages. In fact, moving the event will allow us to show the full scope of the problem. Several other communities along the coast of Japan have dolphin kills, although most have abandoned the drive fishery that was depicted in The Cove. And there is also the broader issue of captivity. We would like to discuss these issues in a neutral, conflict-fee environment.
Thanks for your understanding. To follow our next steps in Japan, I invite you to check my blog:
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