The people of Japan have been peaceful since the end of World War II, and attempted to avoid being involved in killing, except, of course, when it comes to certain inhabitants of the oceans who are fair game to be slaughtered. Despite world wide attempts restricting the killing of certain creatures of the sea, the Japanese people believe limits violate their rights. Hayden Panettiere, star of “Heroes” and her boxing boyfriend, Vladmir Klitscko, visited the fishing village of Taiji which annually rounds up about 2,000 dolphins and kills them on their beaches. The TV star made clear her goal was to assist the village people discover ways they could obtain money without this mass slaughter of the dolphins. The Japanese government authorizes killing about 19,000 dolphins each year.
Village leaders refused to talk with the foreigners and it was a glum time for visitors who tried interfering in dolphin killing. The major response to Hayden’s visit was from right wing nationalists who question why Americans “kill cows” and how come President Obama has not apologized for the atomic bombs in Hiroshima in 1945.
Unfortunately, dolphins do not enjoy a long memory as to some Japanese people, but the dolphins do know when they are being killed.