Target: Kazutaka Sangen, Taiji Mayor
Goal: Save a rare albino dolphin from enduring a cruel life of captivity
During the recent annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan, a rare albino dolphin was captured while his family was killed for their meat. The dolphin is likely to spend the rest of his life in captivity inside a small tank in a marine park, a cruel fate for a wild animal. Animals should never be held in captivity to provide entertainment for people, and the cruelty and severe consequences of marine parks have been proved over and over. Please join us in calling on the mayor of Taiji to demand that this rare dolphin be released back into his natural environment.
A similar case occurred last year when another albino dolphin named Angel was caught in Taiji. She was transferred to the Taiji Whale Museum, where she is still held today. Life in captivity is especially cruel for such intelligent animals, and causes them great distress. The tragic reality of marine parks was investigated in the documentary Blackfish, and the practice of hunting dolphins in Taiji was introduced to the world in another documentary, The Cove. Both of these issues are highly relevant to the case of this one albino dolphin, who was captured as a part of the dolphin hunt and will probably face similar (or worse) conditions in captivity to those endured by the animals in parks such as SeaWorld.
Don’t let this innocent animal spend the rest of his life in a small tank for the entertainment of humans. Please let Mayor Sangen know that this is unacceptable and that this dolphin deserves to live in the ocean, not in a little tank as an attraction for humans.
Dear Mayor Sengen,
I am writing to you about the most recent annual dolphin hunt in your city. While this hunt is always cruel, this year hunters also captured a rare albino dolphin. The dolphin’s family was killed for meat, while he is expected to spend the rest of his life in captivity. Dolphins are wild animals who severely suffer from being constrained by humans, and so this fate is very cruel for this rare dolphin. Please order the immediate release of this dolphin back to nature so that he can keep living freely in his natural habitat.
The annual dolphin hunt has attracted a lot of negative attention to Taiji and to Japan in general. Cruelty should no be what your city is known for. Films like The Cove brought these practices to the public’s attention, and the world is watching your actions. I ask that you show mercy to this rare and intelligent animal by making sure that he is released as soon as possible, and that he is not forced to spend the rest of his life in confinement.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Alexander Vasenin via Wikimedia Commons