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Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunts

Taiji-shirtEvery 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!

Alex Lewis-Dorer

Alex Lewis-Dorer is a 27 year old activist. Having watched The Cove during its initial release and learning about the capture practices and the dangers of captivity, she felt compelled to stand up and voice her concerns to others. Since then she has dedicated her time and energy to working towards educating others about ocean conversation. In 2012 Alex joined forces with Wendy Brunot to have a lone killer whale named Shouka, moved to an alternate marine park to be with other orcas. Following the news of a planned Beluga Whale import, Alex hosted a protest in Atlanta In July 2012 together with Free the Atlanta 11 and GARP which attracted significant attention to the issues behind such an initiative. Alex has also played a large part in being a strong voice against Marineland, Canada, holding a demo at the facility in May 2014 in honor of Kiska, Canada’s last captive whale. She has dedicated much of her time to bringing attention to Marineland’s suffering animals. She also voices her concerns over many other captive marine faculties and lends her hand on campaigns regarding this issue. Alex’s love is not limited to cetaceans – she sees the beauty in all marine life. She is excited to be part of the movement that will end captivity for all marine mammals. Alex is also a proud team member for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.

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