The Painless Harpoon: Japanese Official Assures U.S. Ambassador That Annual Dolphin Slaughter Is Entirely Painless

1381566_244373695712868_2025785586_n220px-Baby_wolphin_by_pinholeThe senior official associated with the annual and notorious dolphin hunt in Japan assured U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy that the harpooning of the cetaceans in entirely painless. Yoshifumi Kai of the Taiji Fishermen’s Cooperative wants to correct the odd impression that the dolphins writhing in the blood infused slaughter are actually experiencing pain when a giant spear-like weapon is thrust through their bodies. If so, we may have a solution for the shortage of lethal drugs for executions: we could just harpoon death row inmates. Indeed, in euthanasia countries like the Netherlands could switch over to harpooning for the terminally ill.


Yoshifumi Kai announced this week “The method (of killing) causes them no pain. We would like Ambassador Kennedy to come and visit to see the hunt for herself.” This followed a critical tweet from Kennedy over the “inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (U.S. government) opposes drive hunt fisheries.”

The Japanese kill 1000 dolphins int he hunt that lasts a month and starts in September. The trap them in a small area and then harpoon them in waters turned red with blood. The slaughter was documented in the film “The Cove.”

Here is a graphic illustration of the painless “harvesting” of dolphin:

24 thoughts on “The Painless Harpoon: Japanese Official Assures U.S. Ambassador That Annual Dolphin Slaughter Is Entirely Painless

  1. And that summarizes the contempt that the Japanese feel for Ms. Kennedy (and most Americans).

    Bet that the State Department accepts the Japanese rational.

  2. Carolyn can have her grandfather’s umbrella sent out by courier. You know the one. Joseph Kennedy was Ambassador to Great Britain in 1940. He held Chamberlain’s umbrella when the Brits decided to let the Nazi roam free. This is what we get when we ignore the holding of Buck v. Bell in 1927. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

  3. It makes flawless biological sense to me to avow that harpooning dolphins does not cause the harpooned dolphins to experience pain. Pain is survivable; being murdered via harpooning is not survivable.

    In a purely physiological sense, death kills all pain memories?

    Ask, today, a “colored” person who was lynched by hanging 60 years or so ago whether the person experienced pain while being lynched, and that person will not tell you about having experienced any pain.

    Is the domain of human socialization induced madness without any finite limit?

  4. If the harpooning is painless, I suppose watching every living thing that you know and love being slaughtered in front of your eyes is just entertaining.

    The US Ambassador should take them up on the offer, along with the press corps.

  5. nick spinelli

    Imposing our culture on others. Ahh yes, self righteous and sanctimonious, the US trademark.
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    Right on Nick!

    We built Fukushima reactors which Japan trusted as if they were exceptional.

    They were exceptional in a glow in the dark kind of way.

    Our cultural proclivity for propaganda has also been exported to Japan.

    The slaughter by radiation reaches deep into the sea, and all the way to our west coast and beyond (Enews).

    Will Caroline expose what the media is not talking about?

  6. Dredd, The Kennedy’s are the archetypal hypocrites. I thought her mother kept her away from the clan enough to spare her that legacy. Maybe it’s genetic.

  7. Dredd, I’m in San Diego and some Scripps oceanographers are testing kelp for radioactivity. It’s news out here but no nationwide. They just started. I’ll keep you apprised. Today is the election to replace the sexual predator Bob Filner as mayor. Close race.

  8. Wow, the hate for a family who served this country is really …….predictable.

    And we wonder why good people don’t sign up to serve in Congress, Senate and local. Why bother, even if your father and uncle paid the ultimate sacrifice……they kick you even when you’re long dead and gone.

  9. nick spinelli

    Dredd, I’m in San Diego and some Scripps oceanographers are testing kelp for radioactivity. It’s news out here but no nationwide. They just started. I’ll keep you apprised. Today is the election to replace the sexual predator Bob Filner as mayor. Close race.
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    I am aware of the testing of the kelp, and am following it too.

    As you say, there is a massive coverup in the U.S. “news” because the law is “don’t scare the American public with reality.”

    We made the reactors (General Electric … GE) that melted down @ Fukushima, which are now heading down, down, down into –or have passed– ground water and beyond.

    Our propaganda engines are the best worst because they run on the edge of fear, and purport to show a reason for staying in a trance in place of a state of awareness.

    Have a good San Diego experience Nick.

    And please keep me informed of your observations sir!

  10. Japanese official says it’s not agony, it’s ecstacy

    “The pod of dolphins was shown the way to the beach of bliss; they never knew such eagerness. They find great joy in sunset of lives and sunset of coastline, like chrysanthemum on horizon at red sea of harmony. They swim in harbor of happiness, talking of great vision for what is to come. The dolphin asks not what our country can do for him, only what he can do for Japan. This most noble of souls leaps a great splash, circling around the chrysanthemum and laying himself upon the beach of honor, bearing himself to the hallowed glory which will become his fate, he faithfully fulfills his most sublime of destiny: To be delivered to his Gods, the chefs who prepare him for a most beautiful and sanguine artistry, as cutlets for happy patrons of the sushi hut of bliss. A rapture of pleasure, envied by dolphin kind.”

    Baron Harpoonen, Hunters of Doom

  11. Darren Smith

    Japanese official says it’s not agony, it’s ecstacy

    “The pod of dolphins was shown the way to the beach of bliss; they never knew such eagerness. They find great joy in sunset of lives and sunset of coastline, like chrysanthemum on horizon at red sea of harmony. They swim in harbor of happiness, talking of great vision for what is to come. The dolphin asks not what our country can do for him, only what he can do for Japan. This most noble of souls leaps a great splash, circling around the chrysanthemum and laying himself upon the beach of honor, bearing himself to the hallowed glory which will become his fate, he faithfully fulfills his most sublime of destiny: To be delivered to his Gods, the chefs who prepare him for a most beautiful and sanguine artistry, as cutlets for happy patrons of the sushi hut of bliss. A rapture of pleasure, envied by dolphin kind.”

    Baron Harpoonen, Hunters of Doom
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    Excellent.

    Yet, that is real … in the minds of some.

    And I do mean real:

    The Act of Killing focuses on Anwar Congo, one of the self-proclaimed “gangsters” who executed over a million suspected Communists and ethnic Chinese in Indonesia during the bloodbath of 1965-66. Congo, much like his fellow executioners that he remains friends with, has yet to face prosecution for the war crimes he committed as a younger man and lives as a national hero.

    Congo is a man who appears to live in an eternal cinematic fantasy. He’s always dressed sharp—inspired by his Hollywood heroes John Wayne, Marlon Brando, and Elvis Presley. What exactly inspired him to murder a thousand people is never quite explained. The only slight ever mentioned that he takes from the communists was their desire to block screenings of his beloved American films. Tapping into this love of cinema, Oppenheimer offers him the opportunity to tell his story by making a dramatic film in which he’s the star of his own story.

    This does not end up being The Act of Killing itself, but a meta film-within-a-film that allows Congo to tell his own story as he chooses to see it, guts and all. He casts his own friends, adds a romantic subplot where one of his friends dresses in drag, and even has musical finale at the foot of a waterfall where his own victims thank him for murdering [them]. But despite all of these flourishes, he manages to stay true to the story in the recreation of his preferred method of execution.

    Demonstrating to Oppenheimer’s documentary crew how he strangles his victims with wire, he boasts that he learned it from American gangster films.

    (The Cultural Amygdala – 2). Notice the “where his own victims thank him for murdering [them]” …

    Psychopaths, whether butchering Dolphins or Humans, are like that.

    They think they are doing their victims a great favor and that their victims totally agree.

  12. Cows, chickens and pigs good.

    Dolphins and whales bad.

    Do the cows, chickens and pigs at US processing facilities receive a painless ending before they’re rendered for sale?

    Folks living in glass houses should take heed before they cast stones.

  13. “Chairman Hatch. ‘And one of the worst things about some of
    them is they get on the Federal bench and they really do
    believe they are gods. And all of a sudden they don’t seem to
    have the humility that they have otherwise.'”

    Hi Jonathan,

    I would comment somewhere else on your blog if I thought you would see my remarks. Kinda desperate. I have information about corrupt judges and lawyers and no where to turn. No lawyer has expressed a willingness to examine the material I have which substantiates my claims. What can I do? I understand the rules of conduct governing the behavior of judges and lawyers requires lawyers to take certain actions when they become aware of reliable evidence of serious violations. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. It is a conflict of interest that blocks the process from functioning. It permits corruption to fester and grow unchecked. The debacle in Luzerne County was a warning. The work done to evaluate what went wrong, to suggest improvements and to hold professionals accountable merely left the old system in place.

    The qualifying behavior of judges is defined and it is rigorous. When ignored, you are warned that the very foundation of our democracy is undermined. Can you refer me to a lawyer in the Third Circuit who places personal and professional integrity above pandering to federal judges?

    Thanks

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