Every year between the months of September and April, a little town in Japan, called Taiji, slaughters thousands of innocent wild dolphins. The dolphins are driven into a killing cove by “banger boats” and netted off from the public. The process from start to uncivilized finish is nerve-wracking for these intelligent mammals.
After the dolphins are killed, the fishermen then sell the meat in auctions to local businessmen. These businesses, in turn, make a profit off of the dolphin meat for human food-consumption. Scientists have confirmed that dolphin meat actually contains a toxic level of mercury and is considered too dangerous to eat.
The prettiest of dolphins are lucky enough to avoid the slaughter and are instead imprisoned in marine facility parks world-wide. The dolphins are transported in stressful conditions after witnessing their entire family die. They are then trained to perform unnatural “tricks” for a diet of dead fish.
What can you do to stop the slaughter?
Don’t buy a ticket to a marine-mammal park. Some facilities will deny a tie to the dolphin drives, but this information is false. If you are paying to visit you are giving Japan a reason to capture and slaughter dolphins. You can also watch the movies “The Cove” and “A Fall from Freedom”. We also highly recommend the book by David Kirby: “Death at SeaWorld.” Packed full of important information about cetacean captivity. Please visit our Dolphin campaign page to perform simple actions to help!