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A Plea for Dolphins to the International Olympics Committee

| Mark J. Palmer
Topics: Dolphins, Slaughter, Taiji, Japan

On December 5th, we sent copies of “The Cove” DVD to the heads of the International, Japanese and USA Olympics Committees, with a message about dolphins and whales.

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Tokyo, and we believe Japan would benefit from ending whaling and the killing of dolphins as the world turns a spotlight on that country during the Olympic games.

Here’s our letter:

 

Mr. Thomas Bach, President                

International Olympics Committee

Olympic Studies Centre , Switzerland

 

Dear President Bach:

    We wanted to provide you with information about our concerns with the government of Japan’s continuing support for illegal whaling and the slaughter of hundreds of dolphins annually in the most cruel ways imaginable.

    However, we also wanted to make clear that we understand that the XX Olympics Committee cannot and will not take a position on such an issue.  Furthermore, it is not our intent to “boycott” Japan or the Olympics in Japan in 2020, nor do we wish to disrupt the Olympics in Japan in any way.

    We do, however, wish to convey our concerns and encourage you to pass along these concerns to the government of Japan.

    It is unfortunate the government of Japan continues to permit and encourage the killing of these remarkable and intelligent whales and dolphins for frivolous purposes.  The World Court in the Hague has ruled that Japan’s killing of whales in Antarctica violates the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling of 1946.  The International Whaling Commission has passed several resolutions urging Japan to stop killing whales in keeping with the moratorium on commercial whaling.  The Cove (we are enclosing a copy for your review) won the Academy Award for Best Documentary of 1992 and has made the slaughter of dolphins by Japan an international scandal.

    The government of Japan’s unwillingness to end whaling and dolphin hunting is a serious breach of their responsibilities to the welfare and recovery of whales and dolphins and to the commons of our oceans.  But, as noted above, the killing violates a number of international norms and treaties, deliberately undermining international cooperation and the rule of law.  This behavior is truly unacceptable to the vast majority of the people around the world.

 

    We have sent a letter to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a copy of which is enclosed.  We urge the Japanese government to take steps now to end the killing of whales and dolphins before the 2020 Olympics puts a public spotlight on their actions that threaten the world’s whales and dolphins.

 

    Thank you for your consideration of our concerns for whales and dolphins.

Sincerely,

David Phillips, Executive Director

Mark J. Palmer, Associate Director

 

Cc:  Mr. Tsunekazu Takeda, President, Japanese Olympics Committee

       Mr. Lawrence F. Probst III, President, United States Olympics Committee


 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

 

If you would like to contact these three Olympic Committees with your own concerns about Japan’s whaling and dolphin killing (Please be polite!):

 

INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

 

Château de Vidy 1007 Lausanne Switzerland

Tel. (+41 21) 621 61 11

Fax (+41 21) 621 62 16

 

President Thomas Bach thomas.bach@olympic.org

 

JAPANESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

 

KISHI MEMORIAL HALL

1-1-1 JINNAN

SHIBUYA-KU

TOKYO, Japan  150-8050

 

Tel. +81 3 3481 2286

Fax +81 3 3481 0977

 

Email:  JPN-NOC@JOC.OR.JP

 

UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

 

1 OLYMPIC PLAZA

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, USA 80909

 

Tel. +1 719 632 5551

Fax +1 719 866 4763

 

Email:  INTERNATIONAL@USOC.ORG


 

Read Our Letter to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

 

Read about our campaign on Huffington Post. 


Photo credit Team GB.