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‘The Cove’ Town Plans Marine Park

‘The Cove’ Town Plans Marine Park

By China DeSpain Freeman, Ecorazzi

Thanks to the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove,” animal activists around the world are intimately familiar with the Japanese town of Taiji.

Each year, the cove off Taiji’s coast is home to mass dolphin capture and slaughter. Some of the marine mammals are sold to parks around the world, while others are stabbed for their meat, turning an otherwise beautiful cove into a sea of blood.

Activists regularly protest the slaughter, and last year Sea Shepherd sent in vessels to fight the hunt. Despite their efforts, 928 dolphins were captured in Taiji in 2011 alone. Now, in an extremely weird and horrible twist, Taiji is utilizing dolphins in a whole new way: as a tourist attraction.

According to the Mother Nature Network, “The town intends to section off part of the cove and turn it into a place where people can swim and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins…calling it ‘a marine safari park.’”

The plan is to open the “whale park” within five years in a 69-acre stretch of Moriura bay. According to MNN, captured black whales and bottlenose dolphins would be released into the “park,” which would also feature beaches and mudflats.

But the addition of a marine park doesn’t mean the annual slaughter will end. An inside source says that Taiji is “in no way going to stop” the annual hunt, and that residents have no problem enjoying dolphins as both entertainment and food.

Of course, that’s not the official party line.

“We want to send out the message that the town is living together with whales,” says Taiji Mayor Kazutaka Sangen.

Yeah, well, this isn’t the way to do it. Now activists will simply have two reasons to protest this town’s horrific mistreatment of aquatic wildlife. Want to get involved? “The Cove” has a “Take Part” page just for that. Check it out.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Berthold Werner

Related:
The Cove: Help Save Japan’s Dolphins
Two Dolphins Die at Park
Free Willy Already! Looking at the Existence of Marine Parks

 

 

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2:25PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

ty

3:09PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Dolphins are not water toys.

12:28AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Thanks for the article.

4:22AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Kaytlin is right!

9:12AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Pure stupidity, but thank you for letting the world know.

9:44PM PDT on May 28, 2012

This is just another way they are capitalizing on the suffering of these innocent animals.

11:09AM PDT on May 28, 2012

Another way to sprrd up the death of the earth.

5:47PM PDT on May 22, 2012

great article thanks

5:46PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Dolphins have an unhealthy amount of mercury from pollution so someone please tell me exactly WHAT you have to tell them before they'll stop eating,hunting,killing and exploiting dolphins in particular ALL animals in general

7:46PM PDT on May 21, 2012

swimming with their food??? that's sick...

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