The Taiji Dolphin drive hunt season has now thankfully come to an end, until 1st September when it will start all over again.
Since the start of the season on 1 September 2015, 884 dolphins from 5 species have been driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan.
652 were slaughtered, 121 were released (but likely died afterwards) and 111 have been taken as live-capture to be sold into slavery.
Species taken/killed include: Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, Pacific White-Sided dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, Short-Finned Pilot Whales and Striped dolphins.
The drive hunts officially last from 1st September to 1st March each year, however Dolphins and Porpoises are actually killed in Japanese waters all year round via harpoon and drive fishery:
Iwate (Nov – May)
Miyagi (July – Aug, Oct – Apr)
Aomori (Nov – Apr)
Wakayama (All year)
Shizuoka (Sep – Mar)
Hokkaido (May – June, Aug – Oct)
Chiba (July – Aug, Nov – Apr)
We remember all those Dolphins killed this season and in all previous seasons. We remember those who witnessed their family members being murdered and whose own lives ended the moment they were taken away into slavery; to be starved and forced to perform tricks in ‘Dolphin shows’ and ‘swim with Dolphins’ tourist attractions.
Find out more about the Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunts
Please never, ever buy a ticket to see captive dolphins – the drive hunts are funded and fuelled by the captive dolphin industry. By supporting this vile industry, you are paying for the slaughter of Dolphins and ensuring that other Dolphins will also be captured and forced into a miserable, shortened life in captivity.
Information source: www.facebook.com/SeaShepherdCoveGuardiansOfficialPage and www.ceta-base.org