Japanese in shock over dolphin protest

The mayor of Taiji in Japan says it is hard to believe Broome Shire Council has suspended ties with his town over its annual slaughter of dolphins.

The Australian reports that mayor Shinichi Ryono is yet to receive official word from Broome that the 100-year relationship between the towns is over.

On Saturday the Broome Council voted to suspend sister-city relations after councillors decided Taiji's dolphin cull was barbaric.

The traditional dolphin slaughter, in which the marine mammals are herded into a cove and then killed in the water, has been widely condemned by animal rights activists in recent years.

In 2007 Australian actress Isabel Lucas took part in a protest against the cull, paddling out to the dolphins on a surfboard.

The move prompted Japanese police to issue a warrant for her and other's arrest.

The Taiji fishing practice has been under increased pressure following the release of documentary film The Cove.

"Taiji and Broome have a long relationship going back more than 100 years since men from here started going there to dive for pearls," Mayor Ryono told The Australian.

He said that claims the Taiji fishermen killed 23,000 dolphins a year were grossly inflated.

According to the Broome Shire Council, the suspension of relations hinges on the method of killing the dolphins and the fact that their meat contains high levels of mercury.


  1. And they pride themselves as a cultured nation? Only a fool who lives in a fools paradise will believe that. The red dot in their flag doesn't represent the sun but blood from a blood thirsty nation. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!!!!

  2. It is disgusting, the lack of respect for life of these intelligent, gentle mammals.

  3. Foe a culture that is supposed to be so in tune and respectful towards nature and the enviroment this is absolutley dispicable. These Japanese people were told that they would get paid in exchange for ceasing this disgustingly brutal activity and then went on to say it was pest control! One minute it was for meat and research and another it is pest control. These Japanese savages are deceitful sick liars and I believe they actually enjoy the thrill of the hunt. They are in no way spiritual beings and have absolutley no regard for the earth and it's prescious life and balance! The levels of mercury were poisoning thier own children and they were bent on incorporating it permanently into the Japanese school system in Taiji. I would love to take a trip there with a couple of my boys from brooklyn and slap the living shit out of those evil savage caveman looking nips!

  4. We should send the cast of MTV's Jackass to that beach in Taiji where they kill those poor Dolphins and dress them as Samurai and have them do ferocious battle with every one of those little murderous Japs. I think the reason they wanna kill those Big Dolphins is because they know they have lil Japanese pee pees. No wonder there women prefer dating White and Black American men. Their men are 2 inches short of having vaginas!!