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    Aussie town dumps Japan sister city over dolphins

    Aussie town dumps Japan sister city over dolphins
    24/08/2009

    An Australian town with deep historical ties to Japan has severed its sister city relationship with a Japanese village to protest an annual dolphin slaughter, civic leaders said Monday.


    File photo issued by conservation group Sea Shepherd shows Japanese fishermen riding a boat loaded with slaughtered dolphins in the harbour of Taiji village. The Australian town of Broome with deep historical ties to the Japanese village has severed their sister city relationship to protest against its annual dolphin slaughter.

    Councillors in the remote West Australian town of Broome voted unanimously to end sister city ties with Taiji at a meeting on Saturday because they felt the dolphin cull was unacceptable, said Broome's mayor, Graeme Campbell.

    The decision was taken reluctantly, he said, as Broome's links to the southern Japanese village dated back to the late 1800s, when Japanese migrants pioneered the Australian town's pearl diving industry.

    "It's a sad day for Broome, given the historical and cultural contribution made by many people from Japan to the town and the number of people living here who still have relatives in Taiji," he told AFP.

    "It's very disheartening and sad for those people. It was a unanimous decision by council, none of us can condone the slaughter."

    Animal welfare activists accuse Japan of slaughtering some 2,000 dolphins every year in waters near Taiji by driving them close to the shore then hacking them to death.

    The cull is the subject of a recently released US documentary called "The Cove", in which filmmakers covertly recorded dolphins being killed near the village.

    Campbell said the documentary had resulted in Broome being inundated with protests against the sister city relationship.

    "We've had a tsunami of electronic and written protest to us, both nationally and internationally," he said.

    "We had 5,000 emails in one day."

    He said there were concerns the links to Taiji could lead to visitors avoiding Broome, some 2,200 kilometres (1,370 miles) northeast of the western hub of Perth, which is reliant on tourism.

    "That was a consideration that was taken in when councillors were examining the issue," Campbell said.

    He said Broome would be keen to resume the sister city relationship with Taiji if the dolphin slaughter was stopped.

    "I have no doubt that they (Taiji) will be extremely saddened and disappointed by the decision," he said. "Whether or not it has any effect is up to themselves," he added.

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    Australia -- the country currently culling camels, right?

    The same?

    Just checking.

    Are dolphins cuter than camels?

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    totally different tex, the camels are feral, dont belong in the Australian desert, and are overpopulated.

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    Animal welfare activists accuse Japan of slaughtering some 2,000 dolphins every year in waters near Taiji by driving them close to the shore then hacking them to death.

    The cull is the subject of a recently released US documentary called "The Cove", in which filmmakers covertly recorded dolphins being killed near the village.
    I don't get it; is it an actual cull (presumably related to fisheries somehow) or are they doing this to actually eat the dolphins?

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    File photo ?

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    Japs eat all kinds of marine life.

    So what?

    Emotion influencing reality. Same as the whales.

    Get over it. If the Japs embargoed Oz beef because cows are cute, the Aussies would likely reconsider fairly quickly.

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    Ask a simple question...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Australia -- the country currently culling camels, right?

    The same?

    Just checking.

    Are dolphins cuter than camels?
    Camels aren't native to Australia.

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    BlueVoice goes to Taiji, Japan to stop the killing of dolphins. The dolphin hunters are angry and confront us. We observe the capture of Risso's dolphins and the sad condition of dolphins in captivity. We hope to save the dolphins but they are killed.

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    Dolphins aren't native to Japan. I've only ever seen them in aquariums and out in the ocean.

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    Annual dolphin hunt

    The annual dolphin hunt in Taiji involves catching numbers of dolphins estimated at between around 2,300[4][5] and 23,000[6][7], providing income for local residents. In 1979 environmental filmmaker Hardy Jones first went to Taiji to attempt to free 200 melon-headed whales which had been captured by fishermen for food for lions at the Shirahama Zoo.[citation needed]

    Jones, who founded BlueVoice.org with film star Ted Danson in 2000 has returned to Taiji numerous times to try to stop the capture of dolphins and small whales in Taiji. His film The Dolphin Defender, produced by the PBS series Nature documents these events. Hunting of dolphins for commercial purposes in Taiji still continues.

    In 2003, two activists were arrested for cutting a net to release captured dolphins. They spent 23 days in jail.[8]

    Other celebrities have protested the dolphin killings as well. On November 1, 2007 Hayden Panettiere was confronted by Japanese fishermen, as she and several other activists were interfering with their annual hunt by attempting "to rescue a pool of dolphins captured in fishing nets."[9] She drove straight to an airport with her fellow activists and left the country "to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police". Many Japanese consider this kind of act to be an attack on their culture.[10] Taiji's fishery cooperative union argues that these protesters "continue willfully to distort the facts about this fishery" and their agendas are "based neither on international law nor on science but rather on emotion for economic self-interest."[11]

    Japanese noise musician Masami Akita, more commonly known as Merzbow, has produced an album, Dolphin Sonar, as a protest against these annual dolphin killings.[12]

    A film titled The Cove (formerly The Rising) was secretly recorded with high-tech video and sound equipment in Taiji. This full-length documentary was funded by billionaire James H. Clark and shows controversial dolphin killing techniques as well as high mercury levels in Taiji dolphin meat.[13] The film won the U.S. Audience Award at the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, United States in January 2009.[14]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
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    Australia -- the country currently culling camels, right?

    The same?

    Just checking.

    Are dolphins cuter than camels?
    Camels aren't native to Australia.
    Not Australia but maybe New Zealand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12Call View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Australia -- the country currently culling camels, right?

    The same?

    Just checking.

    Are dolphins cuter than camels?
    Camels aren't native to Australia.
    Not Australia but maybe New Zealand.
    Please tell me you're joking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by 12Call View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Australia -- the country currently culling camels, right?

    The same?

    Just checking.

    Are dolphins cuter than camels?
    Camels aren't native to Australia.
    Not Australia but maybe New Zealand.
    Please tell me you're joking.
    That may have been aimed at me.

    I either know this guy or he's on the troll (or both).

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