Last Saturday in Tokyo a group of Japanese animal rights advocates staged a protest against the killing of dolphins and whales. There were 70 protesters and more than 40 were Japanese, this is the first time that Japan has protested against the dolphin hunts!
This is something Ric O’Barry and the Earth Island Dolphin Project Team have been working towards to for many years. Most Japanese people do oppose the hunts but Japanese tradition is to not speak out on issues.
The Japanese government and extremists discourage people from speaking out against the hunts in a threatening manner. They claim the hunts are traditional, scientific and required for the food needs of Japan. They even state (with false science) that dolphins and whales are eating all the fish in the ocean!
30 extreme nationalists turned up at the demonstration in Tokyo telling the protesters to “go home”, some even spitting on them. Tokyo police were there to keep the two groups from conflict.
Ric O’Barry has said on the protests:
"They need our continuning support so they can stand up to the powerful Japanese Fisheries Agency and its puppets in Japan."
WELL DONE JAPAN, INCREDIBLE!