Barbados Supports Japanese Brutality In Dolphin Slaughter – CONTENT WARNING –

The Government Of Barbados Is Supporting Japan In It’s Quest To Expand Whaling

Many of our readers know that I sometimes help out on a boat that belongs to one of the family. I love to fish. There is no money in it, but a man could ask for no better life than fishing and a good woman (money aside).

I eat fish of all kinds. I love crab and lobster – especially sweet horseshoe lobster from the swallows of the south coast. I eat beef, pork, chicken and sheep with mint sauce. During one two week journey a few years ago, I ate bison, deer and moose. Moose is too tough, stringy and pungent for me.

I have also eaten frogs, but unlike Robert, I have never eaten monkey or dog. (Get Robert slightly tipsy on good rum and he will tell you about his other life.)

I have eaten commercially harvested dolphin – porpoise – but I will never do so again.

Dolphins (porpoise, not mahi-mahi) are mammals with high intelligence. I am not saying don’t kill and eat dolphins. We kill and eat many mammals.

But what I see online about the Japanese dolphin “harvest” has sickened me. Perhaps I will one day catch and kill a dolphin myself – but I will kill it cleanly as one should kill any animal for food.

How any man could do to a dolphin what I see the Japanese doing on the internet, I don’t know. This should be illegal in any civilized society.

The world needs to see this, but fair warning – maybe you don’t.


Film: Stop Japanese Brutality Now

Website: Save Taiji Dolphins


Filed under Barbados, Environment

41 responses to “Barbados Supports Japanese Brutality In Dolphin Slaughter – CONTENT WARNING –

  1. Bajanboy

    That was really, really disturbing.

  2. BFP

    Yes it was, Bajanboy.

    I debated linking to it for a few days, but in the end I decided that to not link to it would be a lie.

    If there was no market for dolphin, the slaughter wouldn’t happen.

    Those are my thoughts.


  3. Bakkra Johnny

    I signed the petition .. but someone should start a petition here to our government so that we can register our outrage at the highest levels.

  4. TenderPsyche

    I try not to expose my tender psyche to stuff like that, and so I didn’t click on the link.

    If you are what you eat, you are also what you put into your mind,
    so I don’t watch today’s simply-AWFUL scary movies,thanks very much for your kind offer!

    I feel strongly about human cruelty to animals.
    We should know better, and be more responsible to our fellow-animals.
    God knows the man living next door to me keeps his dogs tied up 24/7/365, and then the wretched animals yelp and whine and fret, day and night: living next to such melanistically-enhanced people is a real treat, believe me! – in a word – N

    But I came here to say that the Japanese are a funny lot: hard to reconcile animal cruelty with the same nation of people who can make a Lexus, or a Toyota,the finest cars in the world( forget the Euro-rubbish BMWs, Mercedes-YUK!,Audi: not one of them can stand up,longterm, to third world conditions and crap-gasoline,not for long)-but the Jap cars continue on and on.
    So what National Schizophrenia is this?
    How can a nation who owns and runs Tokyo, with all its ultra-modernity and sparkling cleanliness, also eat endangered species?
    Are they so entirely ‘human-centric’ that they simply have no respect for the essential bio-diversity that Nature and life on this Planet DEMAND?
    Do they seriously give a shiRt about whether they exterminate the whales, or not?
    – as long as they get fed?
    And when all the whales are gone, what next do they devour?
    The fish are starting to dry up,these days, too!
    Seen the price of dolphin(fish) in the supermarket lately?

    The Japs are indeed a curious lot.
    Right out front technologically, and yet just 50 yrs. ago they were doing the bamboo-spikes-under-the-fingernails thing! – weird!

  5. Lady Anon

    Like TenderPsyche, I am traumatized by cruelty of all kinds, so I did not click on the link…the fact that BFP thought twice about putting the link was enough for me.

    As strange as it may seem, I do eat meat, but not meat from any animal I “know”. So my neighbour who raises sheep cannot offer me any meat because I “know” the animals.

    As humans with the facility of language and the opposing thumb, we tend to think that animals are on a lower plane than us and treat them accordingly.

  6. Sean Gooding

    A long time ago mankind decided he had to move past living at subsistence level. Communities got bigger and there was a division of labour. The doctor took care of the community, the carpenter built the homes, the teachers taught the children etc.. So much time devoted to these tasks that these individuals could no longer feed/farm for themselves. Farmers — a job previously done by all was now done by few. Jump forward many centuries affected by mass production and commerce and that clip is the end result. It plays out similarly in poultry farms, cattle industry etc…

    At some stage if you are raising or capturing something solely for the purpose of eating it the concept of “humane” becomes ironic. The most we can do is perhaps be more practical and sensitive to how we as a species exploit the others.

    I for one love meat and until mad cow, bird flu, pig flu etc.. makes all meat unsafe to eat I will continue.

    What is a bigger a shame is this over fishing, etc.. goes on and people in the world starving. For me pictures of emaciated people particularly from parts of Africa illicit a stronger reaction than seeing flipper bled.

    We must do better across the board.

  7. Yardbroom

    Sean Gooding

    I saw your piece in the Nation 14-4-07 on Integrity Legislation.

    Well done!
    I think it was you, unless you have a brother.

  8. Marsha

    What happens to these dolphins is definitely a terrible thing and needs to be stopped, I am aware that some of the other Caribbean islands are strong supporters of the Japanese on the whaling issue, but to my knowledge Barbados hasn’t been. What makes you say that Barbados has now started supporting Japan?

  9. Bajanboy

    BFP, it is good that you expose us to these things. People need to be informed about the impact of their decisions. When Caribbean coutries vote with Japan to allow whaling in exchange for 30 pieces of silver, this is the result.

    Visit the website and you may never eat KFC again.

  10. BFP

    Hi Marsha

    Let the debate begin.

    The title of this piece is in response to a little birdy who told us that our Foreign Affairs people have again been approached to join the consortium of six eastern Caribbean states, (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis) that support Japan at the IWC in exchange for foreign aid.

    With Bim’s financial picture as bleak as it appears on the horizon, the government has been sending out messages that it might be willing to slide a bit closer to Japan when the next IWC whaling conference arrives.

    Now… we know that many in government and even the Prime Minister read Barbados Free Press every day (and they sure will next week after the party is over) – so, let’s hear it from government that Barbados is not moving closer to supporting Japan’s position at IWC.

    Say it ain’t so, Barbados Government…

    Because your silence will say something else.

  11. Ruthless

    There are no word to describe the way i feel after viewing the above link.
    Canada is currently “culling” their baby seal population (by beating them to death) just so the humans can flaunt a fur coat!
    And right here in Barbados we have a “cruelty situation” that has been festering for the longest while. Believe it or not CRUELTY LAWS do exist but the police are not interested in enforcement!
    I could not believe what i saw on this site! All Barbadian dogs…… Right here in Bim!! AND NOT ONE PROSECUTION!!!

  12. Anonymous

    animals dont count! only humans are important.
    dint u read your bible? it sez god gave man dominion over de animals which most numbskulls interpret to mean we can do as we please wid dem. dontcha love dis god fella?

  13. True Native

    I think it is high time the cruelty to animals in Barbados is exposed throughout the world (well, those parts of the world that care about animals,that is). Visitors to the island do return to their respective homes and write letters to their newspapers about the abject cruelty to animals here, but something far more tangible needs to be done. Perhaps WWF could look into it. The only person at the RSPCA who really cares is Mr. Norville, but he is one man. These atrocities must be exposed. Surely it can’t be that hard to do.

  14. Marsha

    Thanks BFP,

    It’ll be interesting to see what the reponse is. I really hope Barbados isn’t getting into bed with the Japanese. Not only do you have to watch out for what happens at the next IWC meeting, but there’s also a CITES meeting coming up soon which addresses international trade in endangered species, Caribbean delegations are always divided at that Session as well.

  15. Jack 82

    BFP… I am a little puzzled… How would Barbados support Japan at the IWC, a body that Barbados is not even a member of currently?
    Certainly we could join the IWC… although how we would go about doing that and how long it would take to do might make and financial aid Barbados receives from Japan as more of a “long term” investment.

  16. jinx

    True Native,

    Cruelty indeed!!! and Inspector Norville is “only one man”, but he represents the RSPCA and the Rspca represents what???? They should be speaking out against the above article too!!

    I´m well pleased that BFP saw it fit to “expose” Barbados´ utter lack of consideration for the environment! We yearn to be considered a “Green Country”, A first world Country. What a joke! And we support this Japanese whaling CRAP? Has this even been written about in the local papers?

    The Barbados Tourism Authority should be horrified at this. Think the Brits or Americans will be impressed?

    Makes me wonder though after seeing The Hope Sanctuary website, if we will ever really give a damn about anything except ourselves!

  17. BFP

    Jack 82,

    Thanks for your interest.

    Please read this post and all will become clear. This has been going on for some time, with Japan recruiting Caribbean nations…

  18. True Native

    Jinx: Like you, I am very happy that BFP have exposed the dolphin article, but you have to realise that they are under a veil of anonyimity. Mr Norville is not, and I know for a fact that his LIFE has been threatened because he is outspoken. This is a small island, and as I stated before, they are all scared of each other, because almost everyone is realated everyone. If there are laws to protect animals and the police … ??? I think I had better leave certain things unsaid. It appears to be a no-win situation and until we have a caring government (and the DLP have not shown in the past that they are any more caring about animals than this lot), NOTHING will get done. Barbados needs to be SHAMED internationally. Perhaps this exposure by BFP will help in some way.

  19. Jack 82

    BFP.. I am familiar with practice of Japan in particular and other countries in general buying influence in, less financial advantaged countries.

    I am not convinced that Barbados has anything the Japanese want to buy. At least in terms of whaling.

    However, when the practices of Japanese fishing fleet and the general rape of our oceans come up before a body to which we are a member and have a vote on, I am sure the government at the time will make a “strategic” decision on how to vote.

  20. Fuzzy

    I’m not convinced that international shame will do anything to Barbados.

    Dominica took the Japanese offer, built a nice dock and other things with the money, and withstood the “shame.”

    The irony is that Dominica has a culture of environmental preservation and legacy that is unmatched by most countries. A large portion of their sovereign lands are beautiful National Parks, containing the some of the most concentrated biodiversity reserves found anywhere in the world. People, including investors, are starting to notice. My long-term prediction is that Dominica will surpass Barbados in tourism and other growth in the coming years, unless individual Barbadian heroes stand up and take drastic action to reverse the prevailing and myopic focus on short term economic planning and land use.

  21. jinx

    True Native,

    Guess i´m watching too much “Animal planet”.

    I did actually think of Dominica as i wrote my above post. Gorgeous island with emphasis on “the environment” and protection of natural resources, yet whaling is acceptable to them (for obvious reasons)…… Ironically , some if not most of these islands will offer “whale watching tours” as attractions . I have yet to see even one whale on one of these tours but i´m not disappointed, forever hoping it would be the one that got away…………

  22. Fuzzy

    Whale watching in Dominica is fun, the last time we were able to get appropriately close to a pod of sperm whales off Layou. No spears.

    Castle Comfort is a hotel and dive operation in Roseau that runs whale watching tours in season. Nice place to stay, too.

  23. Whale watcher

    When we in the Caribbean can promote whale watching in the Caribbean, such that it surpasses the bribe money the Japanese Government pays the relevant islands, and whale watching stimulates tourism in a positive way.

    And when the whales are no longer afraid of boats approaching them so that we can photograph these wonderful leviathans, we will have prevented carnage that we have influence over right here in the Caribbean.

    This is an ongoing issue. To think that The islands of the EC are so low as to sell them (and this) out for the funding of a few fishing villages.

    But there you have it.

  24. jinx

    As this topic fades with other news items of the day, a petition of some kind needs to be started ASAP! I know of one site already gaining momentum around the world with regards to Barbados`”treatment of animals “.(Some may argue that “this happens all over the world”, however o

  25. jinx

    there are countries where Animal Cruelty Laws are enforced.

    If “Tourism (truly) is OUR business”, then we must end this cruelty !

  26. True Native

    Jinx: You haven’t told us which site is gaining momentum around the world re animal cruelty in Barbados. Did you mean this one? I would like to know because I would like to add my voice to any protests being aired by organisations.

  27. Anonymous

    IF Barbados had an active worthwhile Police Force (IF!) we might be in a position to prosecute wutless humans for animal cruelty, but since every single Police Officer got two mudders and three fadders, and (as someone else said) everyone is related in this incestuous island, nothing will be done, thy kingdom come! THAT is the problem.
    Police enforce two things with any real vigour.
    Speeding on the roads, and the MJherb suppression laws. Other than that we have no Police Force.

  28. J. Payne

    Around like 1999 I heard some group of people planning to boycott Barbados for the Government being involved in the usage of the Barbados Green Monkey for International lab research….. I’ll see if I had archived that Nation article.

  29. Whale watcher

    I have long asked myself what we need to do to stop the Caribbean from doing this. Many who I have discussed with also have wondered the same.

    It is not a logical alliance to have Tourism, but to still support whaling and cetacean hunting at the same tme, as the tourists know it is wrong. Many decide to boycott. Yet it continues.

    One example is the up and coming island of Bequia.

    Early I wondered if a philanthropic and wealthy person in Bequia might consider bribing the whalers in Bequia not to go out and do the hunt. The actual financial remuneration from a hunt (done every 2 years) is only a couple thousand dollars. It didn’t work.

    There are problems here 1) The government wants the money from Japan 2) The japanese built the small fisherman’s market near the airport 3) this is cultural and traditional, if very violent, a la Lord of the Flies, ceremony that locals seem to cherish. It runs the tourists away when they see what happens.

    Here is what: the boat(s) go out and they harpoon a baby whale, but they don’t kill it. The baby cries and then the mother comes. Then they kill the mother.

    Everyone gets a piece of the meat. It’s not that most of the locals are too poor to actually need it for food, but it gets eaten, and it is enjoyed, and favoured/endeered as part of the culture.

    In order to prevent it you have to provide a viable alternative, because the petitions have already been done- years ago- but since the indigenous culture whaled at Petit Nevis you cannot stop it from that angle, as they have- and retain- the right as indigenous people.

    In fact the Japanese have built for the Bequians another facility in the past couple of years near Friendship Bay. So the alliance and intent continues. This facility is just across the road from the wealthy Mustique Island, ,and near a very upmarket villa development area in Friendship that is fast going to be the nouveau Mustique. Go figure.

    That is why I now understand that the only way is for the powers to see that whale watching will generate a larger tourism effect in the long run than the Japanese backsheesh. And wealthy individuals with means need to approach the whalers and have serious discussion.

    The EC island carry votes- from St Kitts down to St Vincent, so the power of these small island at the International whaling commission is absolutely huge. Witness the fact that Japan and Norway are making a concerted effort to resume whaling of the protected species at at IWC.

    Who knows who got what in Barbados? We jumping on board? We need to find out. Anyone?

  30. jinx

    True Native,

    The petition “Barbados Pets and Livestock Need your help” , has been posted to BFP. I expect you can sign when this appears and please everyone encourage others to do the same.

    From Turkey to the Philippines , the voiceless are being heard…..

  31. True Native

    Thanks for that, Jinx. I’ll sign for sure.

  32. Sea Grapes

    News from the popular Soup bowl area says that a “vagrant” newly released from prison for attempted rape of an elderly woman has found a new “hobbie”. Having some sexual pleasure with peoples dogs . That´s right. Got tuh lock down livestock en all…..Wuh de police doin´?
    Not one sh//?”#?¤¤
    Who is next?

  33. jinx

    For All Concerned about the above topic,

    Go to

    There you will find under categories ANIMAL WELFARE, “Ban All Whaling Worldwide”

  34. True Native


    I just tried to access and up comes “Server Not Found”.

  35. jinx

    True Native ,

    Internet faulty today…..

    Go to
    there in the middle of the page you will find the link under “Alerts”,
    interestingly enough there is also on the
    under animal welfare

    Good luck!!

  36. True Native

    Jinx: Thanks very much. I don’t think you saw my earlier comments where I stated that I had found the and signed. I noted that most of the signatories were from Portugal, England, U.S.A., and not ONE from Barbados or the Caribbean. However, literally thousands of signatures were awaiting approval. We live in hope!

  37. jinx

    True Native,

    Sorry, did´nt see your earlier post on signing the petition.
    A HUGE THANK YOU all the same…..
    Hopefully others here will take the time to sign (whether some think petitions are a waste of time or not) At the least one can contribute and make a difference to such worthy causes in just seconds!!!

  38. Sean Gooding

    Yardbroom – Thanks, yes it was my article. Regards.

  39. 6 May 2007

    Hello, my paper of choice, The Independent
    (I am bassed in UK), has covered this several times. It carried 2 articles on 16th April, and I apologise that I have had to paste them in their entirety rather than link to them. Before that though, please note this wonderful quote from St Kitts & Nevis fisheries minister when they confirmed they would be supporting the whaling industry…

    “We have all these tourists coming here, what are we going to feed them with?”

    Leading article: Britain plays Japan at its own game
    Published: 16 April 2007

    Almost 60 years ago, 15 countries with an interest in whaling signed a convention, “recognising the interest of the nations of the world in safeguarding for future generations the great natural resources represented by the whale stocks”.

    Sadly, the hopes raised in December 1946 of a gradual convergence of views on the subject in the international community have not been realised. Instead, whaling has become more polarised than ever. While opinion in most countries has swung firmly away from hunting these mammals, some countries remain determined to carry on and even increase hunting, whatever the scientific warnings.

    This is why conservationists will be keeping a close eye on next month’s Anchorage convention of the International Whaling Commission. In particular, they will be watching for evidence of fresh efforts by Japan and its allies, Norway and Iceland, to further water down, circumvent or scrap existing measures of protection, above all the ban on commercial whaling that the IWC adopted in 1986.

    The moratorium contains loopholes and get-outs as it is. Because it opposed the ban from the start, for example, Norway is exempted and simply sets its own – increasing – annual quota. Japan and Iceland, on the other hand, have made ample use of a clause allowing hunting for “scientific” purposes.

    Not satisfied, Japan has encouraged new members to join the IWC – some of which have neither a history of whaling nor even a coast – for the sole purpose of undermining the ban. In return, Japan offers sweeteners.

    Last year, Japan’s tactics bore fruit when pro-whalers mustered a simple majority on the IWC for the first time since 1986. This was not enough to shoot down the moratorium, as that would require a three-quarters majority,

    but it sent a warning signal to supporters of the ban, such as Britain, of what to expect.

    Fortunately, the British Government seems to have learned a few tricks from the Japanese on the art of recruiting new allies onto the IWC. By the time we get to Anchorage, a well-targeted British campaign may have added up to six more anti-whaling votes.

    This is good news. Tokyo only has itself to blame for starting a grubby bidding war for IWC votes that has drawn in countries with little or no intrinsic interest in the debate. And it would have been folly if Britain and its allies had simply ignored what was going on and allowed Japan to build up its faction in this way.

    So, to Anchorage, then, and hopefully, to another defeat of any attempts to weaken the 1986 ban. No one should be under any illusion that the moratorium on its own will save the whales. Their plight is too dire. But without the moratorium, their fate would be sealed

    Britain fights Japan’s bid to control whaling commission
    By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor
    Published: 16 April 2007
    Britain has led an anti-whaling fightback against Japan’s attempts to take control of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and scrap the international ban on commercial hunting of the great whales.

    A British diplomatic campaign has led to six nations joining the IWC – countries who in May will vote with the anti-whalers and thus nullify the voting majority which Japan and its pro-whaling allies secured in the organisation for the first time last year, at the IWC meeting in St Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. The six who will line up against Japan in Anchorage, Alaska, are Greece, Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Peru and Costa Rica.

    Greece and Cyprus have come on board after a British lobbying campaign in which a glossy brochure, setting out the case against whaling and jointly signed by Tony Blair and the doyen of British environmentalists, Sir David Attenborough, was sent to 57 governments, including new European Union members.

    Slovenia and Croatia joined up after earlier British encouragement, and the two Latin American countries will be voting because they have paid up the arrears in their IWC subscriptions (which last year prevented them) – Peru at the prompting of the British and Costa Rica after a campaign by US environmentalists.

    It is possible that further countries may join the IWC on the anti-whaling side, although not in time for the Anchorage meeting. “We think there may be as many as four more waiting in the wings,” said the Environment minister, Ben Bradshaw, the man behind the brochure initiative.

    Last year’s Japanese majority was secured after a decade-long campaign of persuading small countries to join the IWC and vote with Japan in return for substantial aid packages. So in a sense Britain and the other anti-whaling nations, such as the US and Australia, have been playing the Japanese at their own game.

    Senior British sources are confident that the votes of the six new members will be enough to nullify the Japanese majority. In St Kitts it was achieved at only one vote, and as it was a simple 51 per cent majority, it was was short of the 75 per cent needed to overturn the whaling moratorium.

    But it did enable the Japanese and their pro-whaling allies, led by Norway and Iceland, to pass the so-called “St Kitts declaration”, which said that the 1986 international moratorium was no longer necessary, and that as whales consumed “huge quantities of fish”, whale hunting was now necessary for food security for poor nations (strongly disputed by anti-whaling countries). This signalled that the campaign to reopen commercial whaling was in full swing. “It was a considerable propaganda coup,” Mr Bradshaw said.

    If the Japanese majority can be decisively overturned, a counter-resolution is certain. “It is essential to get the majority back, and push through a new resolution reaffirming support for the moratorium,” said Mark Simmonds, international director of science for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

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  41. HELENA

    After watching a disturbing documentary called “The Cove” I decided to look up what dolphin was served here in Barbados and saw that the government here are supporting the horrible slaughtering of dolphins in Japan and I was horrified.

    What I learned from this documentary was that Japan pay bankrupt countries “Also known as a bribe” to get their support in doing what they do which i was quite shocked about and I was please after watching it that Barbados wasn’t one of the places mentioned that support it but now I know different!

    I’m so glad that I found this documentary because it’s now made me aware of what really goes on and hopefully by mentioning the doc people will watch it and make them aware too.

    Please take the time to watch it. “THE COVE”