Former Highveld and 5fm DJ, media personality, company director and activist, Grant Nash, has just landed in Taiji, Japan, as part of an awareness campaign to save the world’s dolphin community.
Grant was approached by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international non-profit marine conservation organization whose mission is to defend, conserve and protect ocean wildlife worldwide. With the generous sponsorships from PURE IMAGINATION MEDIA and CANON South Africa, Grant is able to make, and document, this trip.
The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into shallow bays and mercilessly stab and drown them to death. This annual slaughter of dolphins was virtually unknown until 2003 when Sea Shepherd globally released covertly-obtained footage and photographs of the now infamous bloody “Cove” in a village called Taiji.
After the widespread controversial release of the documentary, The Cove, more and more people are becoming aware of the abuse and savagery occurring in the waters of Taiji every year. Grant Nash and hundreds of other “Cove Guardians” worldwide are uniting in their fight against this barbarism. To date, their plea to the Japanese government to stop this cruelty has fallen on deaf ears, but by documenting the slaughter and raising awareness, the Guardians hope to unite the world to create change.
Grant Nash will be in Japan from 13th – 27th February, using his celebrity (though he modestly denies this term) as a platform in which to enlighten South Africans, and the world about the initiative.
More than just a tree-hugger:
Grant Nash is a very vocal vegan, and has become synonymous with protecting wildlife. He has been called a tree-hugger on more than one occasion, but he highlights the bigger picture:
See on grantnash.co.za