Imogen’s Mission

Seven year-old Dolphin Project Mini Monitor Imogen arrived to Taiji, Japan with a purpose: she was going to deliver a handwritten letter to Mayor Sanger Kazutaka, protesting the slaughter of dolphins at the infamous town. This was her second time visiting this season, along with her mother, Senior Cove Monitor Vicki Kiely, and had this to say about her mission:

Imogen and Vicki delivering Imogen's letter to Mayor of Taiji

Imogen and Vicki delivering Imogen’s letter to Mayor of Taiji
Photo credit: Vicki Kiely / Dolphin Project

I want them to stop killing dolphins and taking them for captivity. I want them to stop because it is mean, and they deserve to be in the wild. I have seen dolphins in the wild lots of times. They look happier there, and are having more fun. I also had more fun seeing them in the ocean than in tanks. I hope the Mayor listens to me and tells them to stop doing this to the dolphins” ~ Imogen

The morning came for Imogen to hand in her letter to the Mayor’s office. The building is a short walk away from the Fishermens Union and the area where the banger boats are docked. The boats can actually be seen from the back of his office. Before she traveled to Taiji from her home in Phuket Thailand, she had the letter translated into Japanese, in order that the Mayor be fully able to understand her wishes. While he did not come out to see her, someone did meet her to receive her letter on his behalf.

Imogen’s Letter to Mayor Sanger Kazutaka:

Imogen's Letter to the Mayor of Taiji

Imogen’s Letter to the Mayor of Taiji
Photo credit: Vicki Kiely / Dolphin Project

We should all be very proud of Imogen, as she and her generation represent the future of “earth” activists. Even at her young age, she realizes that wildlife should stay wild and free!

Imogen visiting the Taiji Whale Museum

Imogen visiting the captive dolphins at the Taiji Whale Museum
Photo credit: Vicki Kiely / Dolphin Project

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About Cara Sands

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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.

A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.

It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.

Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!

"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands

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