*Since 2014, more than 872 of our brethren, the cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises) have been captured and enslaved in Chinese dolphinariums, or, amusement aquariums. It’s a horrid industry that pays millions in cash to Japanese and Russian mafia to supply live cetaceans.
Already there are 244 Chinese dolphinariums with Haichang Ocean Park, Guangzhou R & F Properties, Dalian Shengya and Chimelong Group driving rapid expansion of this inhumane industry. 36 new Chinese cetacean prisons are scheduled to open between 2019-2021.
This insatiable lust for more dolphins is stoking the monstrous drive-hunts that are taking place at this very moment off the shores of Taiji, Japan. Every morning, my colleagues at Sea Shepherd, the Dolphin Project and others awaken to bear witness to the cold-blooded and diabolical slaying and capturing of dolphins and porpoises.
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These intelligent, talkative and sentient Japanese creatures become incapable of communicating because of the deliberate incessant Man-made underwater cacophony. They are ruthlessly corralled, frightened and then slowly methodically stabbed and slashed to death. Their mammalian blood defiles the Taiji cove regularly, 8 months of the year.
One or two prized masterpieces are netted per hunt and sent to the Black Market auction where the Yakuza, or Japanese mafia, command$200,000 per mammal.
Meanwhile further north, the Russian mafia loots even more priceless masterpieces. They overtly steal Nature’s white canaries of the sea, or, belugas, and the crown jewels, the orcas. The orcas are one of the most intelligent and evolved of all 5,416 known mammals. Orca brain size, complexity and its breathtaking abilities, like deciphering 400 clicks per second, rival that of even Man.
The Chinese corporations hunger for more orcas, paying millions of dollars for them. This year (2018), Russia sanctioned the plundering of 13 orcas and 225 belugas to supply Chinese dolphinariums. In 2017, at least two orcas were stolen from their icy Arctic waters, and, according to Oxana Fedorona, head of the Dolphin Project Russia, sent to China. At least 13 Russian masterpieces were looted by organized crime and then imported into China between 2013-2016, as reported by, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
One ignominious Chinese dolphin prison was recently caught red-handed putting lipstick on a beluga. 32 lipstick brands, according to the University of California at Berkeley’s School of Public Health contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum and five other toxic heavy metals. It’s heartbreaking to know that our brothers and sisters are poisoned and tormented daily to amuse Man.
Whilst this accelerated ransacking of the cetaceans by Japan and Russia is occurring, so that a few Chinese corporations can fatten their coffers, vast areas of the ocean are dead, deoxygenated. They broiled to death from unbridled fossil fuel heat.
Each year, more than 400,000 cetaceans are drowned by ghost nets and Man’s unquenchable thirst for their blood. Life threatening obstacles are many: ship strikes, as many as 51 trillion pieces of subsidized petroleum-based plastics, continuous sonic cannons exploding every 10 seconds. The scouring of the sea floor for more climate destroying fossil fuels and the seemingly ceaseless military exercises have drowned out the song of the sea. The cetaceans are going quiet. Earth is losing its oceanic heartbeat, quickly.
Man needs all the remaining cetacean masterpieces alive and performing their priceless role as farmers of the sea. Their flocculent fecal plumes are rich with iron and nitrogen. The cetaceans are helping our mother, Nature, by regrowing the missing 40 percent of phytoplankton that fossil fuel heat has robbed. Atmospheric oxygen levels are plummeting from burning fossil fuels.
No cetaceans, no phytoplankton, no oxygen, no life.
The planet is deep in the midst of the Man-driven Sixth Mass Extinction, which is accelerating as much as 10,000 times faster than the previous five others.
Imprisoning and torturing cetaceans is morally wrong and unacceptable. Shame on China, Japan and Russia.
Boycott Chinese, Japanese and Russian tourism. Consume less by refusing to purchase Chinese, Japanese and Russian products and services. Boycott the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Please support Sea Shepherd’s Operation Infinite Patience because they are protecting the remaining masterpieces, the cetaceans!
Dr Reese Halter is an award-winning broadcaster, distinguished conservation biologist and author.
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