Saturday, August 9, 2014

From the Ashes: Operation Killing Bay Reborn

Greetings once again everyone! I apologize for the recent silence. Things have gotten very busy over here. First of all I am currently trying to deal with two spamming blogs that are attacking and spamming this blog with advertisements and what not. Hopefully that issue will be resolved soon. In the mean time I'll be running around deleting comments as they pop up. I apologize for the spam. It should be cleaned up soon. The main part of why I've been so busy is that I've been preparing for the fall. Why is that you ask, well if you read the title of this blog, you can probably figure it out for yourself. Yes Operation Killing Bay is back, and it is back in a big way.

As I type this blog imata.org is currently down thanks to Operation Killing Bay. The operation is back and is back with more drive than ever before. The people who are heading this operation know how to get things done and they are determined to see the dolphin slaughter in Taiji come to a grinding halt. As I did last year, I will be following along with the Anonymous Operation Killing Bay. We are not in it for the fame. We are not in it to make money. We are doing this simply to see the lives of innocent dolphins be spared. If you ask me, there are way more than enough dolphins in captivity as it is. There is no reason in the world for anyone to still be taking them out of the wild, let alone making a massive profit off of their suffering.

So Operation Killing Bay sets sail once again. Last year our voices were made well known to Japan and they, along with their enablers wound up taking a lot of damage. Perhaps the worst of that damage was the extent of awareness that grew during the operation. Normally Taiji has to deal with Sea Shepherd and it's supporters along with a few other groups and that's about it. Last year though, the internet became Taiji's worst nightmare and for the first time in several years, Taiji made news headlines. Unlike years prior, it was not just activists and conservationists protesting Taiji. No it was all of that plus an untold number of people who simply browse twitter, facebook, and other social media sites and saw horrific images plastered all over the place. Images that can grab the attention of any feeling person. This will once again be what Taiji has to deal with. They will have to deal with not only Sea Shepherd and other groups on the ground, but they will have to deal with an untold number of people who will be watching with an interest they may not have even had until last year. The numbers against Taiji are growing. The ultimate question is how long will Japan fight? How many marine parks will have to close their doors from people not showing up anymore to drive the price of a dolphin into the dirt?

Once the demand for these animals in captivity dies, Taiji will die. The killing is not tradition. It is not for food. It is 100% for profit. Without a demand for more of these animals there is no profit to be made and those responsible for the killing will financially suffocate if the killings would not end. The fishermen are paid far too much for Japan to allow the killing to continue without captivity being involved. WAZA, IMATA (though your website is currently experiencing technical difficulties lol), Sea World, Georgia Aquarium, and other aquariums around the world that have supported Taiji in the past and present. Change your ways.

Demand that the killings in Taiji stop. Stop being the voices of the powerful and become voices of the voiceless. Do not continue to say one thing and do another. Do not continue to enable these people to kill the animals you claim to love and care so much about.

Sea World, your pockets are hurting badly. Your reputation is in shambles over this issue as well as the orca issue that you continue to fight against tooth and nail. Turn it around. Speak out against the Taiji killings. I'm not typing this as a empty the tank movement. That is not my concern here. My concern is with those animals that are still in the ocean that face a life changing nightmare this year. You are still the most powerful marine park in the world. Make a move for the animals and not for your own self interest. Ignoring the problem is no longer good enough and you are now a full blown Taiji enabler as a result. For the dolphins of Taiji this year it is not too late. Your word is still heavy among other institutions. If you were to start telling them not to buy from Taiji or any other place like it, you would be able to quickly see the animals you claim to love swimming more and more freely. Of course in order for that to happen you would actually have to prove to the world that you actually care about those animals as opposed to seeing them as a profit for the industry.

Operation Killing Bay is back. Stay tuned here and on Twitter using the hashtag #OpKillingBay. Last year we started a new movement. This year it continues!

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