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5 Ways You Can Help Stop Slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji, Japan

5 Ways You Can Help Stop Slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji, Japan

Every single year in Japan, 20,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales are slaughtered. Starting in September and continuing through to March, fishermen drive entire families of small cetaceans into shallow coves where they brutally stab and drown them.

The hunts are notoriously savage. First the fishermen surround pods of migrating dolphins, then they lower metal poles into the water and bang them to frighten the animals and disrupt their delicate sonar abilities. The dolphins are then herded into narrow bays before being viciously murdered. The best looking dolphins are separated and sold to aquariums.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an organization dedicated to putting an end to this senseless slaughter, were among the first to bring the issue to light in 2003, when they globally released undercover footage and images of the now infamous bloody “Cove” in the village of Taiji, Japan. Before this, these annual killings were virtually unheard of, but in recent years more and more people from around the world have been made aware of this bloody and inhumane practice and are actively choosing to stand against it. Our own amazing Care2 members came together, and more than 470,000 of you signed the petition against this practice.

Together we can make even more of a difference. If you want to stop this massacre, then here are five ways you can help:

1. Become a Cove Guardian - Support the dolphins on the frontlines in Japan by applying to become a Cove Guardian and joining existing teams in Taiji to help monitor the Cove. The ongoing presence of activists standing watch in solidarity with the victims demonstrates the determination and commitment of individual change makers from all over the world, increasing global pressure on Japan to end these cruel and destructive practices.

2. Boycott Industries That Exploit Sea Life – Purchasing tickets to visit dolphinariums, aquariums and participating in other captive dolphin programs such as “swimming with the dolphins” is buying blood in Taiji. Recent documentaries such as Blackfish and The Cove clearly show that orcas and dolphins do not belong in captivity. Ripping apart families and depriving them of their freedom to the open ocean is unethical. Training of dolphins is often deliberately misrepresented to make it appear as though dolphins perform because they like it, when in reality they perform because they are deprived of food. Captive dolphin industries are directly linked to the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji.

3. Spread The Word – Let your friends and family know about the problems of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity and ask them to help join you in ending this atrocity. To share the message with a wider audience, write a blog on your personal website to educate your fans or send a letter to your local newspaper asking them to run a story to help raise awareness.

4. Contact The Authorities – Call, write and email the Japanese consulates in your own country and also the appropriate agencies within Japan to express your outrage and ask them to please stop killing these innocent creatures. By voicing your concerns to the authorities they will soon begin to take notice of the growing international concern surrounding this issue, causing them to consider vital and necessary changes. For a full list of current contact details visit the official Sea Shepherd Conservation Society website.

5. Sign Petitions – Signing petitions really does make a big difference. Not only do our collective voices speak volumes, the effect of a petition goes far beyond the list of actual signatures. Journalists write stories about petitions, signers get inspired to take additional action and other potential targets conform their behavior to avoid being targeted.

Make sure you sign the petition below urging The World Association for Zoos and Aquariums who are closely connected to the Japanese dolphin slaughter to expel Japan and other facilities that have purchased dolphins from the drive hunts from their organization.

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6:37PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

~*~* HERE IT IS PEOPLE! .... IF YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS DO NOTHING
ELSE THIS YEAR, SIGN NO OTHER PETITIONS OR RING NO OTHER RADIO
STATIONS AND WRITE NO LETTERS AT ALL, .....THE ONE THING YOU
MUST DO IS GET ON BOARD WITH THIS PETITION TO DEMAND THE
CESSATION OF DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER IN TAIIJI, JAPAN. IF YOU CAN
AFFORD TO GO THERE TO HELP SUPPORT SEA SHEPHERD, FULL MARKS
TO YOU. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND WRITE TO THE JAPANESE CONSULATE IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY AND THE GOVERNMENT INJAPAN AND SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS. PLEASE AND THANK YOU! m

2:50AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

this is totally abhorrent!! The Japanese government has to be held to account for allowing this to continue. Shame on you!

6:59AM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Signed!

9:50PM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Hello, Would you all sign my petition Free Shoujo on Care2, Shoujo is an albino baby dolphin who is held in captivity in Japan to be sold to amusement parks. She is suffering. They injured her when they forcefully separated her from her mother. Not long after they separated them her mother went into a shock state, she stopped breathing and died. Her baby Shoujo is staying in a small pool currently. She is in a state of terror pacing back and forth between the walls of the pool. There is a video by Denise Marcel on YouTube with the title White Baby Albino Dolphin Shoujo at Taiji Whale Museum. This video shows her and other dolphins in the small pool where they are currently held. Dolphins and whales need to swim high speed for hundreds of miles each day in order to stay healthy. Capturing, selling, enslaving and slaughtering of dolphins and whales needs to become outlawed worldwide. I made several videos regarding Shoujo, one of them is my song for her. I encourage everybody to make a song for her as well and write to as many politicians as you can in this regard. Would you send this petition to everybody you know? Also please share this information and the petition as widely as possible. This is the link to the Free Shoujo petition, if the link does not work you can just put Free Shoujo into the Care2 search, it will bring the page up. Thank you very much. Nicola


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6:49AM PDT on Mar 26, 2014

Signed

8:01AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Signed before. This is never going to stop until we hit the Seaworlds of the world in their POCKETS! If they start losing money, that will wake someone up, surely! And ask you music idols to not play there! Don't attend an aquatic "theater".
I can't stand that they don't even use the whales for food! That is supposed to be their main "thang" about this useless hunt, anyway!
Karma will getcha and boy have they got a bunch coming!

10:56AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

'once they have picked out the best looking why don't they let the others go? Or do they eat them?' Well, Heather M, they don't eat them. The Japanese govt. say they do, and they that it's necessary to do so, but actually, no, people don't really eat them. Instead, the Japanese govt. runs campaigns trying to get people eat whale but fails because the Japanese aren't really interested in eating whale meat. Apparently, it's served in school canteens because the govt can obviously control what goes into its own schools. Other than that, it is made into dog food and the rest - the vast majority - is stored in huge warehouse freezers, often for years on end. It's stockpiled. This carries on purely so that the dolphin and whale killing industry can carry on. I suppose it's similar to other govts providing large subsidies to farmers to produce crops that people don't need but in this case it's directly killing wildlife.

As a digression, my previous post said. 'This is a brilliant article. Informative, articulate, logical and practical. If only more on Care2 were like this. Thank you.' Whilst the first 2 sentences are still true, having looked at the Sea Sheppard website, it seems swathes of this article were copied and pasted from their website. It would be nice if Care2 authors could write articles in their own words, or at the very least, acknowledge other peoples' words.

1:50PM PST on Feb 1, 2014

Good article.Petition signed,thanks for sharing

5:58PM PST on Jan 30, 2014

I didn't realise that they didn't feed the animals at these aquariums unless they performed and certainly wasn't aware of this ruthless hunt. However I did go to an aquarium and witnessed a person who worked at the aquarium, trying to get an Emperor Penguin to step up on a rock to eat some fish. The penguin didn't do it even though she tried to get it to about three times and I noticed that the penguin wasn't fed the fish at all! This has put me off Aquariums. Cruelty should have no place in Society and all for our entertainment and so others can make money. What the Japanese fishers are doing to these dolphins is worse than barbaric and once they have picked out the best looking why don't they let the others go? Or do they eat them? Its a very evil practice, horrible.

6:31AM PST on Jan 30, 2014

We don't seem to be making progress. This is so frustrating.

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