Sept 1st signals the start of the Taiji dolphin hunt. During the hunt season, Sept through March, large numbers of dolphins will be driven into the cove at Taiji, these dolphins will either be slaughtered for meat or sold into captivity.
January has been a particularly bloody and cruel month in Taiji. Hundreds of dolphins have been driven into the cove. Slaughter or a life of confinement was their fate.
On January 17th an enormous pod of 250 plus bottlenose dolphins was driven into the cove, in Taiji, Japan. Adults, juveniles, babies, and a rare albino baby are being held, overnight, until the trainers and killers can pick over them to decide which dolphins will be sold into captivity, or slaughtered for their meat.
**Please join in and help get the word out about the horrors of Taiji. People need to know there is a definite link between captivity and the slaughter of dolphins. Going to shows, aquariums, and swim with dolphin programs fuels the hunts. Captivity Kills.
Signs and fliers will be provided. Feel free to create your own sign, if you like.
"The more lucrative captive dolphin industry is the driving economic force behind the dolphin slaughter in Taiji. In the U.S. alone, dolphinariums represent an $8.4 billion industry, while a dead dolphin fetches a mere $600. International law provides no protections against the killing of dolphins, and other slaughters occur in places outside of Japan. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) affords no protections for 71 (out of 80, known) cetacean species, including all dolphins and porpoises, which is why Japan and other countries can legally kill them by the tens of thousands. " -source: Oceanic Preservation Society