Monday, December 17, 2012

AN OPEN LETTER TO IMATA FROM SAVE MISTY THE DOLPHIN

photo courtesy of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

December 17, 2012
Shelley Woods President
Eric Gaglione President-Elect
IMATA 1200 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605-2490 Phone: 312-692-3193 Fax: 312-939-2216 Email: info@imata.org
Re:       Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunt Statement of Refusal of Bottlenose Dolphins Caught on December 12-17, 2012, and other Hunts
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION: DO NOT TRAIN OR WORK WITH ANY DOLPHINS FROM ANY DRIVE HUNT, INCLUDING THE HUNT ON DECEMBER 12-17, 2012.
We write to you as concerned members of the global social media campaign, Save Misty the Dolphin, to request that the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) act swiftly to issue a statement discouraging its membership from working with any dolphins procured from the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, Japan.  This statement should include, in particular, 101 bottlenose dolphins taken from a drive hunt that occurred on December 12, 2012.
On December 13, and all days since then, IMATA has received communications from the Save Misty the Dolphin community, and from many other individuals who are concerned about the welfare of dolphins, notifying IMATA of a horrific drive of a large pod of bottlenose dolphins into The Cove in Taiji, Japan.  These emails were generated by thousands of individuals who sent them to you individually and via a petition at change.org.
As we notified you on December 13, 2012, and you are, therefore, aware, on December 12, 2012, in Taiji, Japan, a large pod of bottlenose dolphins was hunted and trapped in The Cove.  After reviewing photos and video footage, it appears that this large pod contained approximately 200 dolphins.  Of the 200 detained in The Cove, at least 23 were killed underneath tarps while trainers observed.  Two dolphin calves drowned in nets strung to prevent them from escaping.  At no time does video footage show that any fisherman, diver or trainer made an effort to free the calves as they were drowning.  The 25 dolphins died so that 101 juvenile dolphins could be selected by trainers in The Cove, in a long and torturous process, to become performers for the aquarium industry.  Further, video footage and photographic evidence reveal multiple physical insults to numerous dolphins during the selection process.  Many were bloodied as a result of being run over by skiffs or hit by propellers.  In no instance does footage show that trainers intervened to prevent these injuries or to treat the injured dolphins after the fact.
If IMATA stands behind its claims to be committed to the conservation and appreciation of dolphins, the organization cannot at the same time accept dolphins from any drive hunt. IMATA cannot continue to accept dolphins caught in the Taiji Drive "Fishery" and expect the public to believe that the association is concerned for the welfare of dolphins.  We request that you issue a statement to your membership immediately.  Such a statement should send a clear signal that IMATA, in deed as well as mission, truly supports the appreciation and welfare of dolphins in the wild and that IMATA encourages its members and member facilities to refuse to work with any of the 101 bottlenose dolphins caught and selected in the Hunt on December 12-17, 2012 or any dolphins caught in Taiji, Japan.
Please contact the Administration team at Save Misty the Dolphin - https://www.facebook.com/Savemistythedolphin - if you wish to discuss this statement or have any questions regarding this matter.
Sincerely,
Save Misty the Dolphin
TO SIGN THE PETITION AND SEND A COPY OF THIS LETTER TO IMATA CLICK HERE: http://www.change.org/petitions/imata-trainers-don-t-train-taiji-dolphins

12 comments:

  1. Please do not support the dolphin massacre in Taiji, Japan. It's none sense and cruel to say it mildly. Thank you for your attention to our petition.

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  2. Please stop the slaughter of our innocent friends... they trust us and help us ..... seen so many reports when they as a pod have helped humans ... this is wrong ... let them go free as god intended! x

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  3. You must stand up on the side of humanity..Stop the cruelty and slavery process of oceanic animals. You cannot state that you are committed to supporting sea creatures but stand by idly while they are tortured and slaughtered. IMATA cannot have it both ways.

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  4. Please end this horrendous process. It is brutality and barbaric. It is senseless and cruel. These are gentle, animals in pods of family members for life, they do not deserve this.
    I beg you to stand up for them and lead the world into a more caring and ecological place and work towards conservation, not extinction.

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  5. Please help spread the word about IMATA supporting this horrible practice, join https://www.facebook.com/events/101567146680421 and mass invite!!

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  6. PLEASE, STOP KILLING OUR BELOVED FRIENDS ;
    THEY HAVE SAVED HUMANS SO MANY TIMES FROM DRAWNING,
    AND CARRIED THEM SAFELY TO THE BEACH, WHERE THEY
    WERE SAFE; THEY SHOULD NOT BE KILLED ; THEY ARE GOOD, INTELLIGGENT AND CHILD-LOVING MARINE MAMMALS , THEY BREATH WITH LUNGS,THEY GIVE BIRTH TO THEIR BABIES, LIKE US; PLEASE, SHOW HUMANITY; THEY SHOWED ONLY KINDNESS AND CARING FOR US WHEN WE WERE IN NEED ;

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  7. IN THE NAME OF RESPECT,PLEASE CONSIDER ALL THE VOICES COMING FROM EVERYWHERE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TO STOP THIS!! YOU ARE MAKING THOUSAND OF PEOPLE VERY SAD!! YOU, BETTER THAN ANYONE KNOW THAT THIS IS AN EVOLUATED SPECIES, THAT THEY ARE AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE MAKING THEM GO THOUGH, THEY ARE SUFFERING HELL!!! STOP THESE MASSACRES! YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO. NO MONEY IS WORTH THIS!!! HOW DO YOU GUYS SLEEP AT NIGHT YOU BLOOD VAMPIRES!!! BELIEVE IN THE BOOMERANG EFFECT! ONE DAY OR ANOTHER THE CURSE WILL FALL UPON YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN! REMEMBER THAT WHEN IT HAPPENS!! THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND THE WORLD IS VERY MAD AT YOU!! COUNT ON US TO LET THE ONES THAT STILL DIDN'T REALIZE, KNOW!! HAPPY NEW MASSACRE YEAR YOU ASS HOLES!!!!

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  9. I guys,

    Check the dolphins and whales page at
    http://skaphandrus.com
    a comprehensive catalogue of marine species to sea lovers.

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  10. Soon there is no animals left in the world ..people kills animals all over so now I'm begging you to STOP killing theese innocent cute animals! Let them be and let them live!!

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  11. Stop harming these lovely and innocent creatures! They never did anything that could endanger us humans, we have no rights to do those horrible things to them. Just let them live in the wild like dolphins argyll. Doing so can even help the tourism in a certain place rise.

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