Japan's Taiji Cove; a source of death for wild Dolphins.
From September 1st to March 1st of each year, hunters slaughter and capture hundreds of wild dolphins in the infamous 'cove' of Taiji, Japan.
The area is heavily policed, as the hunt is backed by the city of Taiji, and any attempts to interfere would lead to immediate arrest. There is hope that enough people will come together to create so much international pressure that Japan will have to halt the hunt.
Dolphins that are kept alive are shipped all over the world to live out their days performing in dolphin shows, living in undersized pens, being trained for tourist attractions ("swim with dolphins"), aquariums, research, etc. Russia, Egypt, Thailand, China, Turkey, and many other countries import the dolphins from Taiji.
Within the United States - SeaWorld, the Navy, and other research institutes have recently stopped importing these specific dolphins due to a legal ruling. However, there are still captive dolphins within the U.S. that originated from this hellish trade prior to the recent legalities.
The Dolphin Project is the only organization to have been on the ground in Taiji since 2003. Utilizing live streaming, they document and broadcast the results throughout the course of the entire six month long hunting season in hopes of bringing this cruel practice to an end.
Ways you can help - Take action!
You can pledge to NOT support Dolphin slaughter, cruelty, and captivity by clicking on the link here: https://www.dolphinproject.com/take-action/take-the-pledge-not-to-buy-a-ticket-to-a-dolphin-show/
The Dophin Project is an ongoing and up-to-date activism resource of this yearly atrocity. To learn even more about when, where, and why, please refer to their FAQ here: https://dolphinproject.com/campaigns/save-japan-dolphins/frequently-asked-questions/
The murder of these dolphins will not stop unless the Japanese government bans the barbaric practice. With each signature, more pressure is put on the government to take action. You can lend your voice and sign this petition here: https://www.change.org/p/world-ban-the-slaughter-of-dolphins-during-the-taiji-drive-hunt-in-japan
Want to do more? The Dolphin Project has a list of 10 actions you can take to help bring this senseless slaughter to an end. Read more here: https://dolphinproject.com/take-action/save-japan-dolphins/
Watch the documentary
"The Cove" is an Academy Award winning documentary directed by Louie Psihoyos which analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan. The film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change Japanese fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat. It highlights the fact that the number of dolphins killed in the Taiji dolphin drive hunting is several times greater than the number of whales killed in the Antarctic, and asserts that 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year by the country's whaling industry. The migrating dolphins are herded into a cove where they are netted, captured, and/or killed by means of spears and knives over the side of small fishing boats.
"The Cove" can be purchased or rented online, through iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, etc. Watch the trailer below.
Additional Resources & Articles
The Cove [documentary] Facebook page is updated frequently with petitions, events, etc. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/TheCove/
Wikipedia; The Cove
One Green Planet
Ocean Sentry; Aug. 28, 2018
Epic Animal Quest; Aug. 31, 2018
GMA News Online; Sept. 2, 2018
Dolphin Project; Sept. 4, 2018