Under the auspices of executive director Hardy Jones, BlueVoice.org serves as a leading authority and pioneering organization in the effort to end drive hunts and the slaughter of dolphins in Japan; the organization is also an outspoken NGO and a “go to” representative of Civil Society at annual meetings of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
One of the central underpinnings of the BlueVoice.org mission, which I am particularly proud to support, is the active opposition of cetaceans (i.e., whales, dolphins, and porpoises) in captivity for non-rehabilitative, entertainment purposes. Killer whales and other dolphins captivate our imaginations - they are our sea-faring counterparts – with stable social bonds, languages, ideas, and behaviors that are passed on from generation to generation. They are, indeed, whales with a culture. To confine these highly-intelligent creatures whose worlds are largely acoustic, to what amounts to a life-time prison sentence, is simply inhumane and unfathomable.
As a former executive director of a national whale protection organization, I have experienced first-hand how many animal protection NGOs adopt a reactionary, inflammatory, radical approach to their very emotionally-charged work, largely to their detriment. By contract, Hardy Jones stewards BlueVoice.org along a reasoned, science- and conservation-based approach to accomplishing its important mission. His integrity, compassion, and over three decades of experience in advocating for the health and safety of dolphins worldwide has gained Hardy the admiration and respect of his peers, as well as adversaries who have an economic stake in the hunting of dolphins. Indeed, his tireless work and dedication to BlueVoice.org’s mission has earned Hardy the nickname of “Dolphin Defender”.
As a board member, it is an honor and a privilege to serve BlueVoice.org, its dedicated team, its noble mission, and to be on the front-lines of emerging issues around the globe – not only to know about emerging threats to dolphins, but to actually be an active participant in an organization that puts its passion into results-driven action. Whether investigating linkages between the consumption of dolphin meat and Type II diabetes among inhabitants of Peruvian fishing villages; documenting the slaughter of dolphins and their podmates in Taiji; or parlaying with governments along the migratory route of humpback whales to oppose commercial hunting of these magnificent creatures, Hardy Jones and BlueVoice.org stand as leaders among domestic and international NGOs in the protection of marine wildlife and ocean ecosystems, and the increasingly evident relationship between the health of marine environments and the health of my favorite species . . . humans.
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