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The bird who inhabits my business cards.

Well here's one reason: Watch this video and you'll begin to understand. It shows the so-called humane method of doing it. It may be bloodless but the old way, illustrated in the picture below, is preferable in my opinion.

Yes, those are dolphins in that boat and yes that's dolphin blood the boat is floating on. Dolphins are sentient beings who swam the oceans tens of millions of years before humans came down from the trees. This is a marine planet and for all we know these beings could be its true representatives.

More about the SaveJapanDolphins Organisation
Ric O'Barry is the director of, a campaign conducted by the International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute. SaveJapanDolphins was formed to put an end to the Japanese drive fishery slaughter of dolphins and stop the capture and live trade of dolphins to zoos and aquariums around the world. The work of Ric and the Save Japan Dolphins team was featured in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove as well as in Animal Planet Channel's Blood Dolphin$ series. Save Japan Dolphins is active in creating worldwide pressure against the Japanese dolphin slaughter, generating petitions with more than 2 million signatures from 151 countries. The team is also involved in investigations and monitoring at the Cove and in exposing the toxic mercury in Japanese dolphin meat products.

A ghostlike Phoebe-the-cat haunts a glorious sunrise on Bagnall's Hill in Te Pahu.

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