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As long as people keep eating this meat, whales and dolphins will be brutally slaughtered. It's the way the world works. Where there is money to be made, people will make it. Sad, so sad.

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The Dolphins are not for eating, they sell them to marine parks and aquariums around the world. One young Dolphin brings a profit of up to 300.000 US$. Tradition my arse. Dolphin hunting in Taiji started in the late 1960s. The whole world is against Japan. After Tohoku they got so much friends and sympathy all over the world, including Asia. In just 3 years it's mostly all gone. Well done, Mr.Abe!!

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Seems like even the mass outrage of JT'ers has nort been enough to change the people of Taiji's devotion to their "ancient traditions".

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I tell you that the world environmental organizations are now setting up an alliance demanding J. government to take an active role to stop this. The world is very mad and angry. If not stopped, these people will go after Japan for another problem-overfishing Tuna. This will not end pretty for Japan. So stop it.

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I tell you that the world environmental organizations are now setting up an alliance demanding J. government to take an active role to stop this. The world is very mad and angry.

No, a bunch of environmentalists are angry. And look how effective they've been with the whalers... who keep going out year after year after year.

The problem is that the extremists come off as extremists, and that's off-putting to normal people who may not disagree with the actions being protested, but don't want to be associated with the extreme rhetoric put out by the extremists. I'm one of those people really. I don't necessarily agree with the slaughter, or with whaling, but I agree even less with the actions of the extremists. To the point that I will defend points about the whaling/dolphining (such as the fact that it is a tradition, even if it's a relatively new one), even though I don't really support them overall.

If not stopped, these people will go after Japan for another problem-overfishing Tuna. This will not end pretty for Japan. So stop it.

And this is what I talk about. Threats will get you nowhere. They are counter productive, especially with the Japanese who are notoriously stubborn, to the point that they were historically willing to cut out their guts to spite their bodies.

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@globalwatcher

If not stopped, these people will go after Japan for another problem-overfishing Tuna.

This line sounds like blackmail. And whose to say that if japan lays down and submits to environmentalists about whaling that tuna is not next on the list anyhow.

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Australia wants Japanese annual whale hunt in the Southern Hemisphere summer to stop and has taken the matter to the U.N International Court of Justice. A decision is expected early this year.

For some reasons, JT bloggers are underestimating their power. You cannot stop Australia. I was undecided for illegal hunting of whales prior to this dolphin killings, but this case made me determine to go with Australia, UK, USA.

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The fishermen said they changed the method of killing, but as they insist on hiding their "tradition" under a tarpaulin, we can`t really be sure

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The reason that Japanese consider all animals are same may have something to do with our shintoism. I am sure Taiji people pray for the souls of dolphines and other animals, too. I really hope USA, Australia, UK don't interfere with this. I don't understand why you don't care hurting Japanese people's feeling.

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@Tina

Can you please stop saying we are attacking Japanese people's feelings... there are a number of us here who do not regard Dolphins as just another animal to be killed for food. We are not saying dolphins are more important than Japanese people. We are not attacking Japanese people. We are upset because this is a brutal slaughter of animals which are special (recently it was discovered that they have names! Research done on pods around Scotland. Only humans were thought to have names.)

As I have said to you before - I don't care if the people doing the slaughter are from England, Mars or someplace else... I would still be against it. So please can you stop saying we are attacking Japanese people.

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@Thunderbird2 ... recently it was discovered that they have names! Research done on pods around Scotland. Only humans were thought to have names.

http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2013/02/dolphins-can-call-each-other-not-name-whistle

"There's been some evidence before that dolphins are imitating each other's whistles," Connor says. "But this is the first really convincing paper. It's very exciting." "It is fabulous," adds Karl Berg, an ornithologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who specializes in parrot calls. He notes that dolphin results are "strikingly similar to recent work on parrots," which also imitate each other's vocalizations, sometimes as a way of negotiating foraging or roosting decisions.

Many people believe that Dolphins are special and should be treated as honorary human. I can respect this belief because I respect freedom of belief. But those with this belief should not try and impose there views on others. And using that belief (that dolphins are honorary humans) as a reason to denigrate other humans using mob tactics is itself a violation of freedom of belief.

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Thunderbird2 If Japanese nationals go to your country and try to make Americans stop somethings legal, what would you think? I'm sure they just ignore the best. Remember your country has power and influence over Japan, whatever you try to change something in Japan, it reflects on Japanese as a threat. The more power you have, the more you need to be modest. You are acting like chinese.

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@tinawatanabe

Please don't call all foreigners American, Just substitute the word (Foreigners) for the word Americans and (foreign) for American this will help your cause. Foreigners who are from outside America hate to be called American. And there are people who are from various countries who want japan to stop whaling and hunting dolphins, for generally emotional reasons, posting on this site. But what you are saying is correct there is a wave of pressure on japan about many issues and japan is still paying for world war 2 even more that 60 years later, This is reflected in the bulling about the dolphin issue.

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Thunderbird2 - Can you please stop saying we are attacking Japanese people's feelings...

I'm sure that can be arranged right after the animal-rights activists stop attacking the Japanese people's feelings....

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TeacherX Sorry, I meant Americans and Australians (and British?) I'm not sure if other countries are so active. They cite honorary human as reason, but more human (not honorary) are killed in China by government or in US by crime. So their logic isn't convincing.

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