At this point in time, I have no further updates on the fate of dolphins and whales in Taiji. The only thing that I can report right now is that the hunting of these precious creatures has not ceased. They are still being killed. The Wakayama Prefecture gave Taiji permission to kill up to 207 pilot whales and 70 false killer whales between May 2nd and May 31. There is currently no activist help in Taiji, so we need to take it upon ourselves to help stop this. Brian Barnes and the Save Japan Team are in Otsuchi, helping with the Tsunami recovery efforts: “We oppose hunting dolphins and porpoises, but we have a deep affection for the people of Japan and understand that they are hurting” ~ Save Japan Dolphins Team.
Brian Barnes recently posted a video that exposes the horrific fate of the innocent pilot whales. Please watch and tell everyone you know! (The actual killing is not depicted in the video. The Taiji fisherman are trying to keep everything hidden behind a green tarp, which covers the cove.) It is horrifying to see that the Taiji fisherman are continuing their vicious actions, despite activist efforts to expose and stop it.
Earth Island Institute is also trying to help the dolphins that aren’t being killed, the ones suffering from a different, but horrible fate: captivity. Many dolphins captured in Taiji end up in dolphinariums and aquariums. A ‘Stop Dolphin Abuse by Stopping SWD Programs‘ campaign has been launched, to reduce consumer demand for captive swim-with-dolphin programs (SWD) and dolphin shows. This consumer demand is what fuels the greed of those capturing dolphins and managing the dolphin drives, because this industry is so lucrative. This new campaign has been designed to urge companies (i.e. cruise lines, hotels) to stop promoting SWD programs. The more that we spread awareness about the truth of dolphin hunting captivity, the closer we get to stopping it.
Please help this campaign by joining the cause and signing Save Japan Dolphins’ pledge NOT to buy a ticket to a dolphin show!
And click HERE to sign the ‘Captivity is CRUEL’ petition!