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Melissa's Japan Dolphins Blog

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filmmaker & now activist
This is Izumi Ishii San - a former dolphin hunter who, in 1996 did a complete 180 and went from dolphin hunting to anti-hunting and began to use his boat for dolphin watching tours.  He cares very much for dolphins and is a beautiful and hopeful example of what’s possible.  
Unfortunately, this transformation has been very difficult - the Futo fishery union is very unsupportive, in fact, cold to him. They do not cooperate with Mr. Ishii since he changed his position from hunter to anti-hunting. Since then, he has been standing alone, but his dolphin watching business has struggled greatly, and so he is in financial trouble. 
He has a loan that has to be paid by February 9th.  He has collected some of the money owed, but he is still short 150,000 Japanese Yen, which is about $1800 US dollars.  He has been struggling for quite some time, with a commitment to never going back to hunting.  It has certainly been the harder route.  If he cannot pay off his loan by the due date, he has to give up on the boat and also give up on the dolphin watching business.
I am heading back to Japan in August and I plan to visit Mr. Ishii. I truly hope he is able to keep his business through the help of all of the dolphin warriors out there all over the world.  If Mr. Ishii’s business fails, it will give the other hunters more reasons to keep hunting.  And if he is successful, then the opposite can be true!  Let’s support him!!!
Please visit the Facebook event page and donate - even $10 will help him! Donation information is included on the event page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/105931426243948/

This is Izumi Ishii San - a former dolphin hunter who, in 1996 did a complete 180 and went from dolphin hunting to anti-hunting and began to use his boat for dolphin watching tours.  He cares very much for dolphins and is a beautiful and hopeful example of what’s possible.  

Unfortunately, this transformation has been very difficult - the Futo fishery union is very unsupportive, in fact, cold to him. They do not cooperate with Mr. Ishii since he changed his position from hunter to anti-hunting. Since then, he has been standing alone, but his dolphin watching business has struggled greatly, and so he is in financial trouble. 

He has a loan that has to be paid by February 9th.  He has collected some of the money owed, but he is still short 150,000 Japanese Yen, which is about $1800 US dollars.  He has been struggling for quite some time, with a commitment to never going back to hunting.  It has certainly been the harder route.  If he cannot pay off his loan by the due date, he has to give up on the boat and also give up on the dolphin watching business.

I am heading back to Japan in August and I plan to visit Mr. Ishii. I truly hope he is able to keep his business through the help of all of the dolphin warriors out there all over the world.  If Mr. Ishii’s business fails, it will give the other hunters more reasons to keep hunting.  And if he is successful, then the opposite can be true!  Let’s support him!!!

Please visit the Facebook event page and donate - even $10 will help him! Donation information is included on the event page.

https://www.facebook.com/events/105931426243948/
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