Please help Save the Dolphins


Please take action and sign the petition above, help stop the mindless slaughter of our fellow mammals. They are intelligent, conscious beings and have a right to live like any sentient being on Earth.  Mass slaughter of these magnificent creatures are a travesty and should not be condoned.

“Although the hunting of dolphins is widely condemned in the West, many in Japan defend the practice as a local custom — and say it is no different to the slaughter of other animals for meat”, this is the viewpoint held by Japanese fishermen. While it may not be “illegal” to hunt, how could anyone in good conscience kill these good natured, friendly, harmless animals? Even without bringing human morality into this debate, where is the empathy and compassion? It simply makes no sense to me why humans commit atrocities not only to ourselves, but to destroy nature, animals and our very environment that we depend upon for our very own survival. Short sighted greed and politics may play a role, but wrong is wrong! There is no logical justification for unnecessary killing when we don’t have to eat what causes pain and suffering to others. Scientist state that the Earth lose hundreds of unique animal species due to man’s influence on wildlife habitat. We keep destroying the rain forests and ravage the oceans with over fishing, oil spills, nuclear radiation. In fifty years or less there will be nothing left of our planet.

While people continue to debate the moral and ethical implications of killing any animal, right or wrong, the fact is we will create mass extinction of everything if left unchecked. Living beings are not unlimited “resources” for humanity to consume mindlessly. We must stop this insanity now to avoid a bleak and desolate future, one where we’ll hang our heads in shame trying to explain to our children why we didn’t do anything when we still had the chance. People please look in your heart and listen, sign the petition. It will make a difference if a united voice of the people demand accountability and reason. With government intervention, action can be taken to affect change, it’s not too late yet we still have a choice, use your voice and stand up for the rights of all animals!

For further reading: (warning, this news story is very disturbing and upsetting, but we all need to Wake Up)

Please do the right thing and help save the dolphins, stand up take action & sign:


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Thank you♥

Here are a list of tweets, click 2 make u’r voice heard:

1 WAZA: It is time the dolphin captivity industry become part of the solution for killing ‎dolphins, not the BIG PROBLEM!! #HelpDolphinsWAZA
2 If JAZA members continue to acquire dolphins from the drive hunts in Taiji, JAZA should be expelled from WAZA.” #HelpDolphinsWAZA
3 JAZA IS a member of WAZA. STOP LYING Gerald Dick WAZA!!! #HelpDolphinsWAZA
4 WAZA’s “inaction” clearly in conflict with their mission statement emphasising conservation #HelpDolphinsWAZA
5 WAZA’s “inaction” clearly in conflict with their mission statement emphasising sustainability #HelpDolphinsWAZA
6 #HelpDolphinsWAZA ! Are captive industry profits so important to WAZA they ignore screams of dying dolphins in Taiji?
7 WAZA: take steps to discipline aquariums that buy dolphins from drive fisheries like Taiji #HelpDolphinsWAZA
8 WAZA: What kind of ethics condemns dolphin hunts yet takes advantage of them every year? #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
9 #HelpDolphinsWAZA stop making claims based on the false assertion that dolphin hunts are part of “Japanese culture.”
10 WAZA’s Dr. Dick: join Karla & Ric in Taiji to see for yourself what captive industry is doing to dolphins & small whales. #HelpDolphinsWAZA
11 Japanese ask WAZA to help. Dr. Dick responded that WAZA wont take action against the hunts:  #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
12 JAZA is a member of WAZA. “Over 55% of JAZA members continue to buy dolphins from these hunts.” #HelpDolphinsWAZA
13 WAZA and ALL its members should be condemning the dolphin hunts in no uncertain terms. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
14 #HelpDolphinsWAZA Dr. Dick has the power to abolish the violent captures that in turn would likely end the slaughter 
15 WAZA member aquariums subsidize slaughters by buying their live-caught wild dolphins from Taiji #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
16 HEY WAZA!!!! Dolphins are not “livestock” !!! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
18 Claiming to protect dolphins in the wild, WAZA suggests ways of “herding” and “acquiring” them  #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
19 WAZA’s goal – develop collaborative relationship for long term wildlife conservation THEY FORGOT SLAUGHTERING DOLPHINS! #HelpDolphinsWAZA
20 #HelpDolphinsWAZA!!“ Drive hunts used by captivity industry to supply wild dolphins to aquariums all over the world. You kill dolphins!!
21 Dr. Gerald Dick end your silence and support of the dolphin capture and killing in Taiji #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
22  Yoko Ono came spoke out for dolphins but not Dr. Dick Executive Director of WAZA #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
23  The World Association of Zoos member SeaWorld has been documented at the cove in the 1980s #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
24  Sign the petition demanding WAZA end their partnership with dolphin drive fisheries in Taiji #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
25  Dr. Dick has the power to abolish the violent captures that in turn would likely end the slaughter. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
26  WAZA /JAZA members subsidize the dolphin drive to obtain new specimens for display #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
27  Mass pod of bottlenose dolphins brutally captured for WAZA members #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
28  WAZA Dr. Dick expel the Taiji Whale Museum for brutally capturing, and slaughtering dolphins #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
29  WAZA members breathed new dollars and new life into the dolphins drive in the 1980s #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
30  The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums say they love dolphins but sponsor the slaughter. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
31  Money determines the madness. As long as the dolphin hunters get the gold from WAZA members, the slaughter will continue. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
32  WAZA must expel members that purchase and display drive fisheries’ dolphins. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
33  World eyes have opened to this abuse of dolphins for marine parks. Isn’t it time WAZA spoke up? #HelpDolphinsWAZ
34  Dolphin drives began as pest control but quickly became a dolphin collection tool for WAZA members. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
35  PLZ sign the petition expelling the Taiji Whale Museum dolphin brokers from WAZA #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
36  Albino dolphin in cove brings worldwide attention to WAZA sanctioned dolphin capture & slaughter #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
37  JAZA board member on WAZA animal ethics committee works with Taiji dolphin drive fisheries. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
38  Bottlenose Dolphins Dying for WAZA, SeaWorld, IMATA and in The Cove #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
39  The Taiji dolphin slaughter is in opposition to WAZA ethics. Sign the petition to end it! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
40  The world must demand WAZA sever all ties with the brutal dolphin drive in Taiji, Japan. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
41  Send WAZA’s PRESIDENT a Fb message! Tell him to enforce WAZA Code of Ethics for Japan dolphins NOW: #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
42  EMAIL WAZA PRESIDENT Lee Ehmke, tell him to enforce WAZA Code of Ethics for Japan dolphins NOW: #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
43  EMAIL WAZA Executive Director Dr Dick! Tell him to enforce WAZA Code of Ethics 4 Japan dolphins NOW #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
44  CALL WAZA! Tell WAZA to enforce their own Code of Ethics for Japan dolphins NOW: Phone +41 (0)22 999 07 90 #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
45  FAX WAZA! Tell WAZA to enforce their own Code of Ethics for Japan dolphins NOW: Fax +41 (0)22 999 07 91 #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
46  EMAIL WAZA! Tell WAZA to enforce their own Code of Ethics for Japan dolphins NOW: #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
47  CONTACT WAZA! Tell WAZA to enforce Ethics Code for Japan dolphins NOW: ► ► #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
48  Proof Taiji Whale Museum IS A WAZA MEMBER: ► #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
49  WAZA’S BLATANT LIE:  #HelpDolphinsWAZA by enforcing Ethics Code NOW & expel JAZA if they continue to violate code! 
50  Open Letter from Japanese Activists to Dr. Gerald Dick, WAZA Executive Director, 20 January 2014 #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
51  WAZA: ‘JAZA Dolphin Management Protocol’ is KILLING dolphins & INHUMANE! End endorsing it NOW!
52  This useless protocol VALIDATES captures & continues to endanger dolphin lives around Japan!  #HelpDolphinsWAZA NOW!
53  JAZA is not abiding WAZA’s ethical codes, which includes condemnation of capturing of dolphins in the drive hunts! #HelpDolphinsWAZA NOW!
54  WAZA clean your bloody hands by ENFORCING Ethics Code NOW & expel JAZA if they continue taking dolphins from drive hunts! #HelpDolphinsWAZA
55  WAZA dolphin drive hunts must end! EXPEL any member facilities that continue to acquire dolphins through drive hunts. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
56  Ironically JAZA, a supporter of capture & slaughter in Taiji is on WAZA’s Animal Welfare Committee! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
57  WAZA: Taiji Dolphin Drives Started in 1969 & Are NOT a Japanese Tradition. STOP THIS LAME EXCUSE! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
59  WAZA’s “inaction” is in conflict with their own mission statement which emphasizes conservation #HelpDolphinsWAZA! 
60  WAZA’s Partnership with JAZA’s Taiji Dolphin Drive Fisheries #HelpDolphinsWAZA NOW! 
61  .@Daybreak Help expose Lies and end Dolphin Slaughters #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
62  WAZA continue to lie .. and dolphins continue to die .. #HelpDolphinsWAZA  @IOL 
63  More lies from WAZA. #HelpDolphinsWAZA @DutchNewsNL 
65  WAZA call  Dolphins livestock yet say they care for animals!! WAZA LIES  #HelpDolphinsWAZA  @HuffingtonPost 
66  .@SKYNews To WAZA, dolphins are only livestock yet they say they care for animals?! Hypocrites!! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
67  WAZA think of dolphins as no more than  “livestock.” #HelpDolphinsWAZA @BBCWorld 
68  .@Telegraph WAZA continue to lie .. and dolphins continue to die .. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
69  .@ABCNews WAZA call dolphins livestock yet say they care for animals!! WAZA LIES  #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
70  .@cnni WAZA lie about their involvement in the Taiji Dolphin slaughters!!! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
71  .@CNNI WAZA and their seedy deal!!!! Dolphins are not “livestock” !!! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
72  WAZA’s “inaction” conflicts mission statement emphasizing conservation & sustainability. #HelpDolphinsWAZA @AlJazeera
73  WAZA’s “inaction” conflicts mission statement emphasizing conservation & sustainability. #HelpDolphinsWAZA @Reuters 
74  .@CNN JAZA is a member institution of WAZA. Over 55% of JAZA-members buy dolphins from these hunts. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
75  .@DailyMirror Help expose Lies and end Dolphin Slaughters . #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
76  Dr Gerald Dick: WAZA has the power to expel Taiji Whale Museum from WAZA for routinely violating WAZA Code of Ethics #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
77  Dr Gerald Dick: The cruel Taiji Whale Museum IS A MEMBER OF WAZA! Stop denying it. Expel it from WAZA membership NOW #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
78  WHOSE side is WAZA on, the dolphins or the corporations? #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
79  WAZA: it’s time to expel JAZA AND Gerald Dick!!! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
80 #HelpDolphinsWAZA  WAZA: dolphin families are being slaughtered to restock dolphinariums

81 Family slaughtered in Taiji Japan and now coming to a marine prison near you. THIS IS CAPTIVITY PEOPLE! Thank WAZA!!! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
82 Japanese people say dolphin capture and hunt not “Tradition” while WAZA remains silent. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
83  New WAZA statement a flat out lie! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
84  FRESH NEW WAZA LIE: Taiji Whale Museum IS A WAZA MEMBER through JAZA: ► #HelpDolphinsWAZA NOW! 
85   Asia a hotspot for dolphins captured in the cove. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
86  The dolphin drive almost died but WAZA members kept it alive! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
87  JAZA WAZA’s right hand keeps the dolphin drive alive! #HelpDolphinsWAZA 
88  About 500 dolphins held Japan’s marine parks were captured during a violent and deadly drive hunt. #HelpDolphinsWAZA 


When Catholic missionary St. Francis Xavier was touring Japan, he was graciously hosted in 1549 by the extraordinarily friendly master Ninshitsu of Fukusho-ji Soto Zen monastery, near Kagoshima. Strolling through the temple grounds one day, Xavier saw monks meditating in great repose and dignified appearance. “What are they doing?” he asked Ninshitsu. The master laughed, “Some are calculating contributions received the past month, others are wondering how to get better clothing, and still others are thinking of vacation and past-times. In short, no one here is doing anything of importance!”


Chan master Lin-ch’i (Linji, d.867) displayed a famously fiery approach with students—involving iconoclasm, paradoxical dialogue, explosive shouting (the famous kwatz!) and even slapping/striking. He inspired the influential Lin-ch’i Chan school in China (later Rinzai Zen in Japan). Among the transcribed talks we have from Lin-ch’i, here are excerpts on how he chided students (and certain fellow teachers!) for their obtuseness in not awakening to the Buddha-nature “right before/behind your eyes” as he called it:

“O you, followers of Truth… do not be deceived by others. Inwardly or outwardly, if you encounter any obstacles, lay them low right away. If you encounter the Buddha [as merely a mind object], slay him; if you encounter the Patriarch, slay him; if you encounter the parent or the relative, slay them all without hesitation, for this is the only way to deliverance. Do not get yourself entangled with any object, but stand above, pass on, and be free. As I see those so-called followers of Truth all over the country, there are none who come to me free and independent of objects. In dealing with them, I strike them down any way they come…. There are indeed so far none who have presented themselves before me all alone, all free, all unique. They are inevitably found caught by the idle tricks of the old masters! … They are all ghostly existences, ignominious gnomes haunting the woods, elf-spirits of the wilderness. They are madly biting into all heaps of filth. O you, why are you wasting all the pious donations of the devout [who give to the monastery]! Do you think you deserve the name of ‘monk’ when you are still entertaining mistaken ideas of Zen? You are putting another head over your own! What do you lack in yourselves? O you, followers of Truth, what you are making use of at this very moment is none other than what makes a Patriarch or a Buddha. But you do not believe me, and stupidly seek it outwardly…. There are no realities outside, nor is there anything [any “thing”] inside you may lay your hands on!”

And elsewhere Lin-ch’i said: “Students nowadays do not know the Dharma. They are like goats, nuzzling and nibbling at everything they come across. They cannot distinguish the servant from the master, nor the guest from the host.”

Other sayings from Lin-ch’i: “What is the frantic hurry to deck yourselves in a lion’s skin when all the while you are yapping like wild foxes? A real man has no need to give himself the airs of a real man!”

“Monks,… I spent twenty years with my late master, Huang-po. Three times I asked him on the essence of Buddhism, and three times he beat me. It was as if he had caressed me with a branch of fragrant sage. Now I feel like tasting a sound beating again; who can give it to me?” A monk stepped forward and said, “I can.” The master took up his stick and handed it to him. The monk hesitated to take hold of it. So the master hit him.

“A student wearing chains presents himself before the [mediocre or false] teacher. The teacher then puts another set of chains on him. The student is overjoyed. Neither the one nor the other are capable of discernment…. Followers of the Way, the true sentiment is very difficult, the Buddha-Dharma is a profound mystery. But if you understand, you smile. … Even if there is no form, the brightness shines of itself. But students have not enough faith. So they cling to names and phrases and try to find the meaning of these names. For fifty years and more they run about carrying their corpses, their staffs and bundles.”


More about the venerable Master Lin-ji :


The saintly Japanese Zen hermit, poet, calligrapher, friend of children and benefactor to the poor, Ryokan (1758-1831), lived austerely and simply in a little hut below a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to find nothing there to steal. So he went off into the night. Ryokan caught up with him: “You may have come a long way to visit me, and you should not return empty handed. Please take my clothes as a gift.” The bewildered thief took the clothes and slunk away. Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. “Poor fellow,” he mused, “I wish I could give him this beautiful moon!”