Ishii san

 

GOAL MET! Over $6000.00 US RAISED

In 1997 Izumi Ishii became the first dolphin hunter to stop hunting dolphins because he no longer believed it was the right thing to do. Ishii san started a dolphin and whale watching tour business in 2002 and now believes that if other dolphin hunters see his success, they too will stop hunting dolphins.

During an interview in 2011 Ishii san was quoted as saying, "culture is created by the peopleā€œ people living in that era... So we, the younger people of this era can create a new culture where hunting for dolphins and whales is no longer acceptable; where keeping large marine mammals and fish (whale sharks) is not acceptable; where eating sharks and shark fins is also unacceptable. Guess we have to start somewhere! Conservation of tigers, rhinos and such didn't just happen, came with years of struggle and hard work of many conservationists/ scientists etc. Let's do it!"

Ishii san now needs everyone's help to make this happen. Ishii san was forced to take out a series of loans to get through the tough economy and has remained true to his beliefs that hunting dolphins is no longer the way to earn a living. He has suffered ridicule amongst his fellow Japanese fisherman for speaking out against the drive fisheries. He has hoped he could be a role model in Japan and help lead the eco-tourist movement in Japan. On August 10th the final payment is due. Ishii san needs our help to raise the final 600,000 JY (about $6,000 US Dollars) Ishii san is an example to all Dolphin Hunters in Japan what can happen if you stop the slaughter. It is critical that the world show its support for what he has done. Ishii san has planned to travel to other parts of Japan and share his success as an eco-tourist operator and we need to ensure he has the opportunity to do so. Please make you donation, no matter how small or big today. This is a step in the battle to end the slaughter and we can help!