This is a short interview with Japanese activist Mineto Meguro concerning dolphin hunting in Japan.
What made you first focus on addressing animal issues?
A: I became vegan after watching Earthlings. A year later, as I was taking a walk and wondering, “Will I live my life committed to animals?”Just as I was thinking, a bird’s feather fell out of the sky and into the palm of my hand.
A: I see three main problems:
- There are activists whose involvement in this difficult issue, are motivated by the desire for acclaim and money. For such people, the animals are unfortunately just a tool for self-fulfillment.
- Some activists and supporters are demonizing the Taiji people and hunters, which inhibits useful progress.
- Some of those involved do not have any long-term perspective or strategy, and mainly act on impromptu opportunity.
Understanding that there is no easy and quick solution to end dolphin drive hunting, what changes can you expect to see in this situation over the next 5-10 years?
A: Expected changes will vary greatly—depending on the growth in numbers of activists and supporters. We are making efforts with the realistic goal of achieving results within 10 years. If successful, we expect to be able to significantly reduce dolphin hunting within this time.
What is the most useful way for foreigners to help Japanese people who are working on whaling and dolphin drive hunting issues?
A: I would like foreign activists to share their knowledge and experience in order to empower the Japanese themselves to solve the problem. Blindly providing financial support is not always helpful. If you wish to support Japanese activism, you should receive a clear explanation for the use of funds and activities to be performed beforehand. Also, when funds are gathered from public sources there should be clear accounting reports of budget spending issued to supporters.
In your opinion, what is required in order to see useful changes in the dolphin and whale problems across Japan?
A: Foreign organizations and activists need to have a better understanding of Japan and the mind-set of its people. If you are not getting the results you want to see on an issue, you need to properly analyze and understand the problem—and adjust your activities/support accordingly. If you act according to poor understanding, you will not get the results you want.
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