Dolphin Project Confirms Taiji’s Dolphin Hunting Season Has Ended But Help Is Still Needed To End The Slaughter Permanently!

Photos from Dolphin Project 

Another horrific dolphin hunting season came to an end yesterday but sadly, plans are already underway for the 2018/19 season.

This season some progress has been made with 109 dolphins taken captive compared to the 235 dolphins that were captured during the 2016/17 season. That is still 109 dolphins too many!

According to documentation collected by Dolphin Project Cove Monitors, a total of 722 dolphins across seven species were taken captive and or slaughtered through the years. This figure does not include the untold numbers that die during the drives themselves. Often, the very sick, the young or injured are unable to keep up as the pod is being brutalized, thus, their numbers are never recorded.

“Tarps and their framework that dolphins are dragged under to be killed or taken captive have come down. At the butcher’s house, rolled up tarps have been stored. Banger poles used to “drive” the dolphins into the cove have been removed,” noted a statement yesterday by Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project. “For six months, dolphins were subjected to ongoing harassment and abuse; chased, injured, run-over, manhandled, dragged alive, taken captive and slaughtered. Entire pods of dolphins were decimated and age-old bonds of trust were irrevocably broken.”

For what?

Marine parks and aquariums were supplied with wild-caught dolphins and freshly-caught dolphin meat filled the cold sections of local grocery stores, despite the Japanese government’s acknowledged dangers of mercury contamination.

Just Tragic!

Every year from September 1st to March 1st, a notoriously cruel hunt of some of the most sentient and sensitive creatures on the planet takes place in Taiji, Japan, made famous by the 2009 Academy award-winning movie The Cove.

During this period, fisherman, or more appropriately, dolphin hunters, “drive” the mammals to their capture or deaths via means of physical violence and acoustic torture.

Dolphin Project is the only organization that has been on the ground consecutively since 2003, and the only one in Taiji during the entire 2017/18 hunting season.

The organization’s goal is to expose the atrocities committed against dolphins, utilizing live stream technology, photo and video documentation, blogging and the power of social media.

“Only with worldwide exposure will Taiji’s egregious practices end,” states the heralded non-profit. “And end they must.”

You can contribute to help Dolphin Project continue their important work of saving dolphins while also educating the public by donating HERE!

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