I am writing to express my deep concern with regards to the cruel and brutal "dolphin drive hunt" in Taiji, Japan.
Reports from national and international animal protection organisations and media have highlighted the significant risk the hunt poses to animal welfare, marine mammal conservation, and the health of the Japanese public.
I was deeply saddened to learn of the violent and cruel slaughter of thousands of dolphins in Taiji every year, and of the suffering inflicted on the surviving dolphins selected for life in captivity. Globally, we are seeing an ever-growing number of countries passing laws prohibiting the capture and keeping of marine mammals in captivity in recognition of the risk the trade in and keeping of dolphins, and other marine mammals, poses to animal welfare and conservation.
Furthermore, I was shocked to hear of the significant, and proven, risk dolphin meat consumption poses to the Japanese public.
I therefore urge you to please end the hunt to protect wild dolphin populations and to safeguard the Japanese public from the significant risks the dolphin meat industry poses to their health.