Let’s liberate dolphins! ~ Survey, interview and book writing on dolphin hunting ~

▶︎Self-introduction

I’m Mineto Meguro, Animal Liberator LIB (authorized NPO).
LIB is an organization that aims to release all animals used by humans.

I watched the movie “Earthlings” in 2015, and was very interested in activities to help animals.
In September 2017, I launched “Animal Liberator LIB” because I thought that it was necessary to conduct animal liberation activities organizationally.

I conducted two crowdfunding campaigns and surveyed almost all zoos and aquariums throughout Japan.
Happiness to animals! Go around Japan! Survey of zoos and aquariums [northern Japan ver.]” in 2017
Release animals! Go around Japan! Survey of zoos and aquariums [southern Japan]” in 2018

https://youtu.be/n99iSx3z1xcI accomplished severe surveys staying in a car for more than 9 months in both the projects, collected a huge number of videos, released the situation of many suffering animals.
The followings are a part of such animals:
Elephant Playlist
Fox Crying fox
Zoochosis Playlist
I received a lot of feedback from many people such as “my image of zoo and aquarium was changed” and “I changed my consumption behavior.”

As a compilation of these surveys, I published an e-book and it has been well received.
In this book, the actual condition of zoos and aquariums that many people do not know and are not informed of is described.
We would appreciate it if you would read the book.

Closure of zoos and aquariums

▶︎The reason why I launched this project

I launched this project with the thoughts that I want many people to know the actual condition of dolphins that perform shows cheerfully at aquariums and to release such dolphins.

All captured dolphins are used in the same process.
That is …
Faucet → Use → Outlet

1 Faucet: Where do aquarium’s dolphins come from?

Do people who enjoy dolphin shows know where the dolphins come from?
From dolphin hunting.
Dolphins are captured by dolphin hunting at Taiji Town in Wakayama Prefecture and taken to aquariums.
Their families and fellows are killed.
The fathers and mothers of dolphins that were born in aquariums are also ones captured by dolphin hunting.

Dolphin hunting has two purposes:
One is to eat dolphins.
The other is to perform dolphin shows at aquariums.
Dolphin trainers and aquarium staff participate in dolphin hunting to capture dolphins that will be sold to aquariums.

A group of dolphins is a family or fellows.
Some dolphins (grampus) in this video were taken to aquariums by dolphin trainers and the other dolphins were killed for eating.

2 Use: The suffering dolphins in aquariums

Dolphins remember what they were done by humans.
Do you know the word “abnormal behaviors”?
They are behaviors performed by animals that are confined in zoos and aquariums and mentally unbalanced.

Dolphins also perform abnormal behaviors.
For example, they are only floating on water, repeatedly expel fishes from their mouths and continue to do the same actions.
There are dolphins that seem to perform abnormal behaviors in the aquariums throughout Japan.

The dolphins in aquariums are addicted to medicine.
They have gastroenteritis because they eat frozen fishes, suffer from allergy and infection in the unnatural environment and are injected for artificial insemination (hormones of horse and human).
An aquarium uses 89 kinds in total of medicines and supplements to dolphins.

(Maria in an aquarium in Kyoto, whose wound in the mouth did not recover for years. She died in July 30, 2019.)

Dolphins have experienced miscarriage and stillbirth.When a baby dolphin is born in an aquarium, everyone celebrates the birth with delight.
However, do you know that many babies died in the meantime?
The probability of miscarriage and stillbirth is 80%.
The mother dolphins feel sadness in their heart.
They are inseminated artificially until pregnancy is successful. 

3 Outlet: Where do dolphins go?

Where do the dolphins that entertained us go?
Do you know the dolphin “Honey”?

She became well-known for being left alone in Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium, Chiba Prefecture.
When LIB found Honey, the aquarium was still in business.
She was floating on the “green (dirty)” water.
We worked on all parties concerned to clean the water and rescue her.
For such process at that time, click here.
The story of dolphin “Honey” (Japanese)

And Honey died in March 29, 2020.
This video we took shows the actual condition of Honey on February 29 (one month before that).
It appears that the skin of her back peels away and the mouth and skin are heavily damaged.”

Honey was also captured by dolphin hunting at Taiji Town in Wakayama Prefecture, confined in the small pool for about 15 years, and died.

We heard that the dead dolphin was buried in the site of Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium.
Honey could not return to the sea even after she died.

The following website is the process that we tried to rescue Honey.
We don’t forget Honey” (Japanese)

There are dolphins like “Honey” throughout Japan.
It means that they are over 500 dolphins confined in the aquariums across Japan even at this very moment.
And as long as dolphin hunting at Taiji Town continues, one “Honey” after another is captured and used until they die.

” Faucet → Use → Outlet” The most important thing is to turn off the “faucet.”

If you really desire to release animals, you will come to the answer “turn off the faucet.”

Use: As the dolphins that are used now are someone’s property, we cannot rescue them.
Outlet: We also cannot do nothing for dead dolphins.

Faucet: prevent dolphins from becoming victims.
This is the most effective and quickest way.
Dolphins that will be captured in the future can be released by turning off the faucet.

The faucet is dolphin hunting.

Therefore, we will focus on dolphin hunting to attract the attention of people in this project.

Tell the truth to people and never create a new “Honey.”
In order to do so, we will perform this project.

▶︎The details of project

Dolphin hunting is performed at Taiji Town in Wakayama Prefecture, mainly from September 1 to the end of February. (The hunting period is much longer but these 6 months are its peak.)

This project is performed based on the three activities.

1 Survey on dolphin hunting and interview with the concerned parties
2 Remote broadcast of dolphin hunting
3 Write and publish a book on dolphin hunting

1. Survey on dolphin hunting and interview with the concerned parti

During the peak of dolphin hunting period (from September 1, 2020 to the end of February, 2021), I will conduct survey the dolphin hunting and interview with the concerned parties to collect the information 5 times in total and for more than 50 days
I will establish the evidence that can persuade the society to realize the release of dolphins in the future.”

2. Live broadcast of dolphin hunting

I perform live broadcast via social media on the day of dolphin hunting to deliver what happens on the spot to Japan and the world.
*No dolphin hunting is conducted on a heavy-weather day.
The live broadcast was performed via social media
for 12 days in total during the hunting period from 2018 to 2019, and
for 14 days in total during the hunting period from 2019 to 2020.
I actually felt that more people know the actual condition of dolphin hunting thanks to this live broadcast.
I will perform much more live broadcasts to increase people who know the actual condition of dolphin hunting.”


3. Write and publish a book on dolphin hunting


I will write the book at the same time as survey, interview and live broadcast.
(The image of book, it will be published in the digital version.)

This book is intended to make suggestion to the evidence why dolphins should be released and the future.

In Japan, there is no book written in a critical position regarding dolphin hunting.
I write a book that may be an important trigger in the history of dolphin release in Japan based on our collected information, materials and experiences.
After the hunting period finishes, I will refine the sentences many times and publish it by the autumn 2021.


▶︎The prospect and vision of project

Japan have captured, sold and killed the largest number of dolphins in the world.
The world’s largest base to supply dolphins to aquariums is Taiji Town in Wakayama Prefecture.
People all over the world already know that Japan is very cruel to dolphins.
However, many Japanese people believe that they are kind to dolphins.
We would like to change Japan to be a country that is kind to dolphins.


Wild dolphins eat, play and sleep all day.


Dolphins travel a long distance with their families, surf on waves, fall in love, have children and raise them in a family.

We got permission to put the video on this website from Mr. Richard Melvill (Photographer / Videographer).
Register YouTube Channel

We would like to protect such dolphins and release them.

It is a human that injures and confines dolphins, and it is also a human that protects dolphins naturally.

This project will increase people who know the dolphin hunting in Japan and the actual condition of aquariums.
We conduct activities so that Japanese people may become kind to dolphins, more people may be kind to animals all over the world and this project may become one important step to release all animals someday.

Let’s liberate dolphins together.


Your support will be appreciated.


*This project may be postponed or delayed due to coronavirus. In that case, we will inform supporters of the situation as needed.
*All-or-Nothing method is adopted for this project.
If the total amount of donations does not reach to the target amount of money, the full amount is returned to all the supporters.”
Only when the amount of donations exceeds the target amount of money, this project is successful and the money after deduction of its commission is paid to LIB.


*Project specification
Operation period: August 1, 2020 – July 4, 2021
Operation place: 1065, Yukawa, Nachikatsuura Town, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama
Main operator: Animal Liberator LIB (authorized NPO)
Details of operation: The survey and report on dolphin hunting at Taiji Town in Wakayama Prefecture and the writing of manuscripts for a book on dolphin hunting and aquariums
Others *Survey on dolphin hunting
Survey place: Taiji Town in Wakayama Prefecture
Survey spot: Taiji Fishing Port, Tomyozaki, Takababe and Hatakejiri Bay
Survey period: September 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Survey permission: Unnecessary”


Return

¥10,000 (about $93.31)

・Thanks Mail
・e-book: we send you e-book “Dolphin hunting (tentative title)” in the PDF format.(Japanese)

¥30,000 (about $279.93)

・Thanks Mail
・e-book: we send you e-book “Dolphin hunting (tentative title)” in the PDF format.(Japanese)

¥50,000 (about $466.55)

・Thanks Mail
・e-book: we send you e-book “Dolphin hunting (tentative title)” in the PDF format.(Japanese)
・Zoom event: After the dolphin hunting period finishes, we tell you inside stories about the interview on dolphin hunting and answer questions. This event is held for two hours. The date is decided after adjustment with supporters.(Japanese)

¥100,000 (about $933.09)

・Thanks Mail
・e-book: we send you e-book “Dolphin hunting (tentative title)” in the PDF format.(Japanese)
・Dolphin hunting guide(Japanese): I (Meguro) give you a tour of dolphin hunting at Taiji Town if you desire. You go to Taiji Town on the day before the guide, and you and I go to the spot by car next morning. I give you a tour all day along with the flow of actual dolphin hunting.
*The schedule and others are adjusted on request.
*If dolphin hunting is suspended due to heavy weather or when dolphins are not captured, I give you a tour of Taiji Whale Museum and Whale Ranch at Moriura Bay.
*Each supporter shall bear the actual costs of accommodation expenses, transportation expenses, food expenses, etc.
*If you cannot go to Taiji Town, you can participate in the Zoom event(Japanese) after the dolphin hunting period. We tell you inside stories about the interview on dolphin hunting and answer questions. This event is held for two hours. The capacity of participants is up to 2 persons including you. The date of this event is decided after adjustment with supporters.

¥200,000 (about $1866.19)

・Thanks Mail
・e-book: we send you e-book “Dolphin hunting (tentative title)” in the PDF format.(Japanese)
・Dolphin hunting guide(Japanese): I (Meguro) give you a tour of dolphin hunting at Taiji Town if you desire. You go to Taiji Town on the day before the guide, and you and I go to the spot by car next morning. I give you a tour all day along with the flow of actual dolphin hunting.
*The schedule and others are adjusted on request.
*If dolphin hunting is suspended due to heavy weather or when dolphins are not captured, I give you a tour of Taiji Whale Museum and Whale Ranch at Moriura Bay.
*Each supporter shall bear the actual costs of accommodation expenses, transportation expenses, food expenses, etc.
*If you cannot go to Taiji Town, you can participate in the Zoom event(Japanese) after the dolphin hunting period. We tell you inside stories about the interview on dolphin hunting and answer questions. This event is held for two hours.The capacity of participants is unlimited (including you).The date of this event is decided after adjustment with supporters.

How to confirm

Red List- Property List Created by Thieves|LIB Animal Liberator.net

There are many red lists

When you hear the Red List, you might think IUCN’s Red List.
But have you been deceived?

The basis for dolphin fishing and whaling is a red list created by the Fisheries Agency of Japan.

In Japan,
Red list of land animals : Ministry of the Environment
Red List of Underwater Animals : Fisheries Agency

Let’s compare the IUCN and the JFA Red List.

IUCN Red List (only for whales)

CR 3 species
EN 10
VU 7
NT 6
LC 34
DD 29

Fisheries Agency Red List (all marine life)

CR 0 species
EN 0
VU 0
NT 0
(LC 0)
DD 1

Can the JFA Red List be Reliable?

The IUCN Red List contains all 89 types of whales.
Among them, the sei whale is an endangered species EN.
There is a higher risk of extinction than pandas and coelacanths.

The IUCN Red List was created to protect the earth.
The Fisheries Agency Red List was created to save their profits and position.
It’s like having a thief create an inventory of our property.


[Dolphin fishing survey tour recruitment of participants ]

We will tell you the flow of dolphin hunting in Taiji town.
Information on Taiji Whale Museum and Moriura Bay (Whale Ranch).
A valuable project that has never existed before.
We are still recruiting local set-ups with our Nagoya departure group and our own car.
Please join us.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2502742226616469/


“reference”
IUCN- CCSG (International Union for Conservation of Nature-Special Whale Group)
https://iucn-csg.org/35-updated-cetacean-red-list-assessments-published-in-nov-2018/
Fisheries Agency Red List
https://www.jfa.maff.go.jp/j/press/sigen/170321.html

For English speakers / 英語ページできました|LIB

お知り合いの方で動物のことに興味がある方ががいらっしゃいましたら、シェア・紹介いただけるとありがたいです。
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Hello dear friend.
I always thanks for your friendship.
Today, I kindly ask for your cooperation about animals.
Do you know that Japan has the most aquarium in the world and on top of that,Japan has the 3rd most zoos in the world followed by USA and Germany.
Japan is very small country, and the animals has been incarcerated at very poor environment.
And many abnormal behavior has appeared cue to the heavy stress on many animals.
However, it is even laughing without notice to it .
Why?
Because they get tricked by the beautiful and heartful stories concocted by the facilities.
This project is shed light on the deep darkness with research the Zoos & the Aquariums in all around Japan, this time is Southern Japan.
And to clarify the truth, have noticed in people, it aims to get by changing the consciousness and perspective.
Please support us for animal liberation.
Of course, your participation in the crowdfunding, or share this information.
I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
 
★ Crowd funding  ” Ready for ” TOP ( Japanese )
 
◎The truth of the Zoos & the Aquariums in Northern Japan
 
◎ Project Introduction ( English )
 
◎ Thanks Returns( English )
 
◎ How to support( English )
 
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〔和訳〕
親愛なる友へ
いつもあなたの友情に感謝しています
今日は動物のことに関して あなたのご協力をお願いしたいことがあります
あなたは 日本の水族館の数が世界で一番多く、動物園はアメリカ、ドイツに次いで世界3番目に多いということをご存知でしたか?
日本はとてもちいさい国、そこで動物たちはとても劣悪な環境で監禁されています。
けれど 来場する人々はその動物たちが苦しんでいることに全く気がつかず、
多大なストレスから来る動物の異常行動の様を喜んで笑ってさえいるのです。
それは何故か?
動物園や水族館が作り上げた、美談マジックにかかっているからです。
このプロジェクトは日本全国(今回は南日本)の動物園と水族館の実態を調査して、その深い暗闇に光を当てるプロジェクトです。
そして真実をあきらかにすることで、人々に気がついてもらい、意識や視点を変えてもらうことを目指しています。
どうか 動物の解放のために私達へのサポートをお願い致します。
クラウドファンディングへのご参加はもちろん、このメールをお知り合いにシェアしていただけることも有り難いです。
あなたのご理解とご協力に心からの感謝を。
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【クラウドファンディング 実施中】
日本すべての動物園水族館を調査するプロジェクト。
日本一周!動物園水族館【南日本編】
2018年11月1日、世界ヴィーガンデーまで。
 
このプロジェクトで動物たちの現状に光を当てましょう。
クラウドファンディングはこちらから
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残り、20日。

Project introduction Readyfor2|LIB

Hello everyone,

I’m Mineto Meguro, Executive Director of Animal Liberation organization LIB (Animal Liberator.Net). 3 and a half years ago, I watched the film ” Earthlings ” and became vegan, then started animal rights activities.

2 years ago, I took a walk by my house while thinking about the future. When I thought to myself, “my mission in life is to save animals,” a feather from the sky dropped onto my hand. It could be a coincidence, but since then I held onto that feather and lived for animals.

On September 2017, LIB(Animal Liberator.Net) organisation was created with the purpose of setting animal free. Currently focusing on zoos and aquarium activities.
Webisite
https://animal-liberator.net/animal-liberator/
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Animal.Liberator.net/

Currently focusing on zoos and aquarium activities.

Investigation result from North Japan animal document shows the truth of Zoos & the Aquariums in Japan.

As I research more about the zoos and aquarium, I learned more and more about the reality. There is none other who have research Japan’s zoos and aquarium as far as I did. Japan has the most aquarium in the world. On top of that, Japan has the 3rd most zoos in the world, followed by United States of America and Germany. It is necessary to share all of the zoos and aquariums animal condition to public knowledge. I have always hoped that one day, someone will take this action. That is when I decided to build this new project.

Last North Japan animal document Crowdfunding went through 2017 November until 2018 January and ended with great success. Achieved the goal with the support and participant of 158 people. Researched 104 facility with continues night in the car. Below are the researched footage, photos and videos. It was clear that many of these captive animals are in Zoochosis phase, such as repetitive and invariant behaviour pattern with no obvious goal or function.

Unusual behavior footage during North Japan animal research. This is happening to all of Japan’s zoo.

Theater monkey would be harming themselves.

Chicks that was once in petting zoo would be slaughter by zoo keeper to feed another animal.

Be aware of the video as it contains footage of bleeding animal. This happened in Fox Village, Tohoku Japan. Foxes were bullied and crying.

Large amount of significant footage during North Japan animal has been revealed.

It is most likely that South Japan animal will reveal big quantity of important footage. These footage will be very important documents.

I will report all of the zoos & the aquariums in North of Japan!

Project Page
https://readyfor.jp/projects/zoo-aquarium

I will research entire Japan! I will finish the research of zoos and the aquariums of North Japan and South Japan. This time is the second half of South Japan Crowdfunding. I am planning to visit more than the previous Northern Japan 104 facilities. This time it it will be 147 facilities to research. The shortest schedule will 1 day 1 facility, it will take 147 days, approximately 5 months.

Crowdfunding will finish on November 1st, The Vegan Day.

I have pin down facilities to research onto the map.

When a creature came to this world, they have a value.

Animals do not live for humans. Animals are born as beloved babies of their mother, and living life for themselves. Each one of us worth something. Animals should have equal rights as we human do. We are born in this planet Earth for short amount of time and we should be living together peacefully.

I hope that all the living being that are born into the same planet could live together with equal rights and equal freedom. I hope to see mutual respect and freedom rights between animal and humans, also humans and humans, living in a planet of peaceful green landscape. Respect the Earth while feeling curious about the planet. An unbelievably beautiful star floating in space, living an exciting and happy time for irreplaceable moments.

I am sure you all have the same thoughts deep down in your heart.
Let us take one step forward. Come and join the project!
Let’s liberate all the Animals !

Finally,

I would like to say, this is a mentally and physically stressful project. While conducting research and seeing the sad eyes of animals seeking help, seeing their injuries, seeing them suffering from abnormal behaviors every single day is very heart breaking. But I know someone will have to convey their pain, suffering and sorrow. Or else the animals will continue to suffer for the longest time. It will be my role to document everything and I would like to stick till the end. I believe this unheard of project will bring one big step forward to liberate the animals. I will be looking forward to your support and participant. Cheers!

Project Page
https://readyfor.jp/projects/zoo-aquarium