Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dear people of Japan,

Lately the most famous Japanese town is Taiji, another one a little less famous is Futo... Both are giving the world a view on what your modern culture still allows to happen in a world where so many people are trying to make this planet a better place.

Please watch below YouTube post and let me know what makes you feel better: Taiji slaughter footage or this?

Friday, September 21, 2012


(taken from newsletter 2012-09-21)

When a captive dolphin can be worth as much as $250,000, and Taiji, Japan is ground zero for the international trade in captive dolphins, there is no way the local fishermen in Taiji can convince us they are catching whales and dolphins for tradition. The brutal killing that happens in the Cove every year is about greed and greed alone.  

The Cove Guardians have arrived in Taiji and are there to stay until the killing stops! Read their first report of the season, and find out what you can do to help us save the dolphins.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New season, same horror

It has started again in Taiji: the murder, slaughter of small cetaceans, one of the most immoral and ruthless acts on animals in modern human history.

The first killings took place yesterday... pilot whales...


I hereby declare my support and my sincere sympathy to the cove guardians and members of SSCS that stand up and try to bring an end to it.

I'm with you on this,

Friday, July 20, 2012


I never continued this blog, not cause I stopped caring, not cause I wasn't interested anymore.
I never continued this blog cause at a certain moment I saw what i'm fighting against. 

If I look at it from a distance I realize I'm a part of it. I'm ashamed. I really am.

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals... We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far beneath ourselves. And therein we err, we greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complex than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."


please make the connection

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How they die

They stab a 40 cm pin into the dolphins brain a couple of times... than plug the hole to prevent blood loss, not that they care about it, it's just they don't want the water to turn red that much, it attracts activists.

The dolphin doesn't die immediately, the animal suffers extremely for the next minutes!
And this is tolerated by us humans? Worse: this is actually approved by the Japanese government?

(footage by atlanticblue.de)

A question to the Japanese readers

I notice this blog gets read a lot by Japanese people, I can see it in the records. From all the views in the past 24 hours, half of them are coming from Japan.

My curiosity rises, I would like to know why you people are following. Are you Taiji Fisherman? Are you journalists? Are you normal Japanese civilians who maybe don't approve it either?
I'm making a request here: please write me on ch.heylen@gmail.com; let me know what your Japanese opinion is about the daily brutal dolphin killings, about the captivity of dolphins and about us cove guardians trying to bring an end to it.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The butchers

They've become really good in covering things up in Taiji. I'm guessing there are more tarps used than the village has fishermen running around.
Everything from the dolphin killing that can be covered is hidden for us. They've placed nets, tarps, plastic containers, curtains,... whatever can be used to keep it from being seen.
They call it tradition, something they have been done for many generations long, a tradition on which they are proud. But now, since "The Cove" has send the cruel and horrible killings out into the world, all of a sudden it becomes a tradition that has to be continued under a tarp. Because they know: one picture says so much about what is going on there. One picture can make a human turn away in revolt.

The next series of pictures I've taken at 2 of the meat buyers houses... the first one ran for the doors but came to late. The other one was processing the dolphin meat in the open and didn't even have a clue that I was standing in front of him. So I took my time to shoot a few seconds of movie as well.

The meat you see is from Risso's dolphins that were swimming freely about 5 hours earlier.
You can still see them swimming (for there lives) on my blog of monday November 21st.
(By SSCS campaign regulations, the pictures got released only today)

for a video of the butcher in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUi5MAk_agU