2012: The Work Ahead
End The Hunt of Humpbacks in Greenland:
We will continue to fight the permit allowing hunting of humpback whales. We have evidence that whale meat sold in Greenland goes into commercial channels and is not reserved for the Inuit peoples as the permit stipulates.
Continue Testing to Stop Dolphin Hunt in Taiji and Okinawa:
BlueVoice, in collaboration with Elsa Nature Conservancy of Japan, has conducted tests of dolphin meat in Taiji and Okinawa producing evidence that it is highly contaminated by mercury and organic pollutants such as PCBs. Thanks to our test results, the mayor of the capital city of Okinawa has decided dolphin meat must be tested for contaminants. We can now be confident that our strategy of publicizing the toxin levels is weakening the market for dolphin meat.
Support Special Protection For Dolphins at Toshima Island, Japan:
Japanese enviro groups are working to establish a special relationship with dolphins around Toshima Island, off the coast of Futo, once scene of horrific dolphin massacres. Dolphin watching would provide income for local people and provide an example for Japan of non-consumptive uses of dolphins.