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Salt Water Tears
by Len Varley   

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Publisher:  Balboa Press ISBN-10:  1452502404


Copyright:  24 Aug 2011 ISBN-13:  9781452502403

An eyewitness account of the dolphin drive hunts of Taiji, Japan.

Salt Water Tears

In 2009, a documentary movie called The Cove focused the spotlight of world attention on the tiny coastal village of Taiji, Japan. Lauded as the birthplace of Japanese whaling, present day Taiji hosts a secretive industry of marine mammal exploitation. This diminutive town is a prinicpal provider of captive whales and dolphins to the world's marine parks and is responsible for the cruel slaughter of thousands of dolphins annually.
Salt Water Tears is written around author Len Varley's first-person, eyewitness journal account of events in and around Taiji in the winter of 2010. It is a story that seeks to balance activism and marine conservation with Japanese traditional culture and introduces the reader to an enigmatic and highly intelligent sea dweller, the dolphin. Beyond this a far deeper universal notion resonates: the need for mankind to reconnect and re-harmonise with the natural environment while addressing the pressing dual issues of conservation and sustainability-before it is too late.
Weaving an intriguing tale of past and present, author Len Varley tables a deeper understanding of the once deeply spiritual Japanese whaling tradition. He observes its degeneration into present-day commercialism and greed, marred by stark acts of animal cruelty. Varley delivers a compelling exposé of the Taiji dolphin drive hunts, powerfully presented against the mysterious backdrop of Japan's deep spirituality and superstition, the haunting beauty of its landscape, and the gentle humility and warmth of its people.
"A must read book for any activist who wants the real story behind the Japanese dolphin slaughter in Taiji. Len's account is both heartbreaking and heart-warming in equal measure"  Pete Bethune - Earthrace Conservation Organisation

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Written by authorities in Conservation, Salt Water Tears: An Eyewitness Account of the Dolphin Drive Hunt Slaughters of Taiji, Japan by Len Varley provides an excellent foundation for Conservation studies. Len Varley's style is excellently suited towards Conservation studies, and will teach students the material clearly without overcomplicating the subject. What's more, the text is available in the Paperback format shown above (ISBN 9781452502403), as well as a number of other formats. As of August 2011, this revision raises the bar for Salt Water Tears: An Eyewitness Account of the Dolphin Drive Hunt Slaughters of Taiji, Japan's high standard of excellence, making sure that it stays one of the foremost Conservation studies textbooks.

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