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Fishermen Clash with Anti-Whaling Surfers, Celebrities
Environment News Service)
Japan, November 1, 2007 (ENS) - More than 30 peaceful
anti-whaling protesters were attacked by Japanese
fishermen off the country's southern coast this
week as they tried to stop the slaughter of thousands
of pilot whales.
Saturday, professional surfer Dave Rastovich led
an international group of activists, surfers,
celebrities, and musicians on a paddle-out ceremony
to honor the more than 25,000 dolphins killed
each year in Japan.
group, Surfers for Cetaceans, along with people
representing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society,
Save the Waves, Minds in the Water, and The Whaleman
Foundation joined in the action.
one of the bays where thousands of dolphins are
killed, 22 people with surfboards and wet suits
paddled into the water and formed a prayer circle
to honor the memory of the cetaceans. After the
surfers returned to shore the police asked for
passports and took photos of everyone.
slaughter was delayed by the increased media attention,
but fishermen resumed the kill the following day.
response, the surfers returned before dawn the
next day to recreate the ceremony, braving violent
resistance and arrest.
reason we surfers were there was to share the
blood-stained waters at eye-level with our ocean
kin awaiting their execution," said Rastovich.
Taiji, dolphins are hunted for meat and also captured
live for sale to marine parks and aquariums, fetching
much higher prices than fishermen get for the
dolphins killed for meat.
fishermen netted off the bay and put up tarps
to hide the slaughter from the media and activists.
and his team, followed by camera crews, paddled
alongside the whales, who swam back and forth
along the seaward edge of the net.
six paddlers, including Rastovich, his wife and
mermaid model Hannah Fraser, Heroes TV star Hayden
Panettiere, Australian actress Isabel Lucas, author
Peter Heller, and professional surfer Karina Petroni,
formed a traditional surfers' memorial circle
between the whales and the shallow water where
the killing was to take place.
converged in their boats, threatening the paddlers
with their propeller blades and yelling, "Why
are you here? Go Home!" They used a long
wooden pole to attack the surfers.
though the fishermen used force to try and break
us up, we held our peaceful stance. The feeling
in the circle was of incredible strength,"
tensions escalating and the police sirens wailing,
the surfers paddled back to shore and the fishermen
closed in on the whales for the kill.
couldn't believe how red the water was,"
said Panettiere. "The whales were so scared.
Hopefully their deaths won't be in vain."
their way out of Taiji, the three-van convoy of
anti-whaling activists was stopped at the border
of Wakayama prefecture by 30 policemen with a
paddy wagon. After checking passports and questioning
the group, the police waved them on their way.
said once the whales were targeted, they had no
chance at life. "With many nets and kill
boats waiting beyond the cove, the fishermen's
intense desire to kill left no room for escape,"
said, "We couldn't save these whales, but
hopefully shining the light on their deaths will
from the whales killed at Taiji is included in
school lunches, but the activists and two local
assemblymen are warning people not to eat this
meat because tests show it contains high levels
assemblymen described the dolphin meat as "toxic
waste" and are attempting to persuade other
elected officials in Taiji and surrounding towns
to take it off school lunch menus.
August, Independents Junichiro Yamashita and Hisato
Ryono announced laboratory test results of samples
taken from dolphin meat purchased at local Taiji
supermarkets. The meat was found to contain over
10 times the government's limit for both mercury
and methyl mercury.
2,000 whales are estimated to be killed at Taiji
each year during the whaling season from September
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