An Open Letter of Thanks to Taiji Police
Earth Island Denounces Threats of
Violence Against Peaceful Monitors in Taiji
by Ric O'Barry
Save Japan Dolphins
Earth Island Institute
On November 10th, Earth Island Institute’s Cove Monitors in Taiji, Japan, presented a hand-written letter to Taiji police in thanks for their professionalism and help this past week in response to threats of violence from fishermen and Japanese extremist nationalist groups against volunteers.
The International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute expresses our deep concern for recent threats against peaceful representatives of environmental organizations in Taiji, Japan, who are monitoring the ongoing dolphin slaughter.
Police in Taiji have expressed concern to us about the local Taiji fishermen and outside extreme nationalist groups who threaten the safety of our volunteers. We condemn these threats in the strongest possible way.
In thanks for the police help and concerns for our safety, the text of Earth Island’s Cove Monitors’ letter to the police follows:
To the police forces managing the Taiji area, we would like to give you our deepest thanks for your kind professionalism on the job here.
We all value the peace and safety of residents and visitors to Taiji area, and it remains an honor to cooperate with you.
We understand the people of Taiji faces a difficult situation right now, and we sincerely hope that one day, hopefully soon, positive changes will be embraced here that will bring improved prosperity and happiness to all the people who reside here.
Please accept this special thank you for guidance and protection. We know your jobs are not easy; we know the hours are long and take you away from time with your families. We appreciate your hard work and professional approach.
Best Wishes to you All.
from Leah Lemieux and Heather Hill
with Save Japan Dolphins
Ric O’Barry and our volunteer Save Japan Dolphins Campaign Monitors in Taiji are dedicated to non-violence and lawful viewing and recording of the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji. We do not condone violence or harassment against Taiji fishermen. We have always cooperated with the local police. We are strongly opposed to the capture of dolphins for slaughter and for captivity anywhere in the world.
Photo of Taiji/Wakayama Prefecture Police by Mark J. Palmer.
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