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Japan: Annual Dolphin Slaughter Video Footage - and Ask Australian Broome City Council to Suspend Sister City Relationship With

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"About 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labelled as whale meat. The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The Tai


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Simone Duffin (1462)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 5:08 am
1) Please sign the letter:

2) Please contact Australian Broome City Council as they are the Sister City of Taiji and

ask that they suspend their sister city relationship until the killing stops.

BLOCK e Mail Council contact list:
Cr Graeme Campbell
Shire President
Ph: (08) 9192 1366
Mob: 0407 477 544
Fax: (08) 9193 5854

Cr Chris Mitchell JP
Deputy Shire President
Ph: (08) 9192 2450
Mob: 0407 773 258
Fax: (08) 9192 2451

Cr Michael Albert
Ph: (08) 9193 5765
Fax: (08) 9192 2436

Cr Chris Maher
Ph: (08) 9193 7316
Mob: 0418 905 244
Fax: (08) 9193 5244

Cr Robert Lander
Ph: (08) 9194 1021

Cr Nik Wevers
Ph: (08) 9192 1170
Mob: 0417 998 598
Fax: (08) 9192 6606

Cr Peter Matsumoto
Ph (08) 9193 7304

Cr Elsta Foy
Ph: (08) 9192 1739
Fax: (08) 9192 1739


MmAway M (520)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 10:19 am


. (0)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 11:42 am
On the way (again)
Thanks Simone

Jelica R (144)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 5:44 pm
1. You already signed this petition at 5:56 pm PDT, Aug 2, 2009.
2. Dear Councilors of Broome City

I urge you to stop your City's sister relation with City of Taiji until they stop killing dolphins.

· The dolphins are killed in a secluded cove three hours south of Osaka. The slaughter is hidden from public view with tarps and nets. Access is blocked by steel gates, barbed wire, razor ribbon and guards.

· Only a few people, 26 fishermen, are actually involved in the drive in Taiji.

· Migrating dolphins and porpoises are rerouted by 13 fishing boats. They become disoriented when the fishermen bang on long, metal pipes that have been lowered into the water, eventually getting herded, then sealed into the cove by drawn nets across the entrance.

You can see a video at:

Gentlemen, I urge you to reconsider bond advisability with a city which keeps this cruel practice.

With regards


3. I signed a petition at HSI on Aug, 17:

Thank you for asking the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to enforce its Code of Ethics against dolphin drive fisheries.

To help further, you can:

Tell Singapore not to import live dolphins:

Pledge not to buy wild, including by swimming with dolphins:

Take action to save whales:

Take other actions for animals at

We appreciate your help in working toward ending the brutal annual slaughter of Taiji dolphins.


Andrew Rowan
President & CEO
Humane Society International


Raffi LidoRoiz (301)
Tuesday August 18, 2009, 8:10 pm

Kay F (550)
Friday August 21, 2009, 4:07 am
Done, thanks Simone.

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 10:06 pm
Barbaric acts have no reward ... we will remain vigilant!
Thank you!
You already signed this petition at 8:37 pm PDT, Aug 7, 2009.
Letters and more petitions on the way ... thank you so much Simone :-)

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 10:38 pm
Letters all sent with my personal message to all concerned Simone !

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 11:00 pm
Simone: i just got this message back:

Hello Rosemary,

Thanks for your email regarding the issue of our Sister City Relationship with Taiji. I’m surprised that you are unaware of the action taken by this council. On Saturday 22 August we had a Special Meeting of Council to address this issue. You will be able to download a copy of the minutes from that meeting and read the resolution early next week.

The debate within council and our community over this issue has been intense as the relationship has significant meaning to many people here in Broome. We have a cemetery here full of men from Taiji, many of whom gave their lives for the foundation of this town, and in doing so made a contribution to Australia’s proud reputation as a multicultural country.

The wording of the resolution was important for us and we were careful not to use the word "suspend" as it doesn't intrepret well in Japanese and may lead to a position we could never recover from. The result however is that we will not be full-filling the relationship while the practice of dolphin harvesting continues. There are also offers as assistance to transform the industry from one based on killing dolphins to one seeing value in them being alive through tourism etc.

Thanks again for your interest in this issue and your email. Please ensure you down load the minutes and read the resolution in full.

Warm regards to you.

Chris Maher


Rosemary Rannes (642)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 11:10 pm > Page 9 PDF >

... states that until the harvesting of dolphins has discontinued the city of Broome will be unable to fulfill its pledge as a sister town to the town of Taiji ...

Rosemary Rannes (642)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 11:11 pm
Mission accomplished !
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