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Bloodshed in Taiji

The eyes of the world are watching in horror as 250 bottlenose dolphins – who, several days ago, were herded into the now infamous “killing cove” near the small Japanese village of Taiji – are now being slaughtered one by one by Japanese fishermen. By the time it’s all over, the sea will be red with the blood of these animals.

CC Cove Sea Shepherd

This horrific massacre goes on for six months a year, during which time more than 20,000 dolphins and small whales – including babies and their mothers – are corralled into shallow waters, disorientated with underwater sounds, run over in boats, netted, starved for days and then killed by having their throats cut with knives or by having metal spears driven into their spinal cords in front of their terrified families. Dolphins are so devoted to one another that even those who escape from the killing area have been known to linger nearby to wait for their family, even if that means being killed themselves.

It is commonly assumed that the Japanese fishermen hunt these highly sentient beings do so to supply a small minority of Japanese people with dolphin meat. But in fact, the Japanese government issues permits to kill dolphins in order to prevent them from consuming the fish in Japan’s surrounding oceans, which it prefers to reserve for human consumption.

The 2009 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove opened people’s eyes to the annual massacre in Taiji in the same way that the recent BAFTA-nominated film Blackfish brought attention to the plight of orcas and other dolphins in captivity. Many dolphins from Taiji’s “prize catch” are removed before slaughter and sold for use in shows and swim-with-dolphins programmes.

Life in marine theme parks is appalling for these smart and sensitive animals, who in the wild would live in large and intricate social groups and swim together up to 100 miles a day. Female dolphins spend their entire lives with their mothers and sisters within the family pod. They communicate with each other through whistles and body language, and when dolphins are injured or dying, others will come to their aid, supporting them at the water’s surface so that they can breathe. At some marine parks, dolphins have nothing to do but swim in endless circles in tiny, barren pools. Their sonar bounces back at them off the walls of the tanks and often drives them crazy. Dolphins live about 45 to 50 years in the ocean, but more than half of captive dolphins die within their first two years of captivity.

Two Ways to Help Dolphins

  • When you’re on holiday, refuse to visit dolphinaria or marine parks. The dolphin display industry will pay hundreds of thousands of pounds for each captured dolphin, making the annual slaughter highly profitable for a handful of Taiji fishermen.
  • Send a polite message to the Japanese Embassy in the UK explaining how horrified you are by the bloody dolphin massacre: petauk.org/taiji.

Image: ©2004-2007 Sea Shepherd Conservation Society 

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  1. avatar Danielle burgess says:

    I watched the cove 4 years ago and it disgusted me then and it still disgusts me now. I feel as though you are blind to your selfish and destructive ways. How can you turn a blind eye to such senseless massacre? Not only are you killing however, you are also using the meat of those dolphins that are not sold into a life of captivity in school programs for children. You are filling your children with mercury, your population is already decreasing rapidly, do you really want the few who are born to grow to be disformed? Show some humanity and accept that this is no longer acceptable. This is glorified whaling, and in the 21st century traditions like this must end.

  2. You DISGUST ME and MY FAMILY !! How barbaric can you be ??????

  3. avatar claire says:

    Absolutely horrific and disgusted by this. How can anybody do this to poor defenceless animals. This needs to end

  4. avatar Jane Shipton says:

    I watched the cove 4 years ago and it disgusted me then and it still disgusts me now. I feel as though you are blind to your selfish and destructive ways. How can you turn a blind eye to such senseless massacre? Not only are you killing however, you are also using the meat of those dolphins that are not sold into a life of captivity in school programs for children. You are filling your children with mercury, your population is already decreasing rapidly, do you really want the few who are born to grow to be disformed? Show some humanity and accept that this is no longer acceptable. This is glorified whaling!

  5. avatar Natalie Deakin says:

    Do you not realise how cruel and wrong your peoples actions are. This must be stopped. These are intelligent sentitive animals that don’t deserve this. Please please stop this. The world is a cruel, horrible sad place full of heartless people

  6. avatar Brian Lux says:

    Interesting how many countries of the Far East are callous towards animals. The only way to alter Japanese warped mentality is to boycott their goods and services(there are many other cars for example) and never visit the country. Yes- send the Embassy a message, but actions speak better than words.

  7. avatar keith jamieson says:

    this must stop,it’s cruel and barbaric.is japan going to hunt these innocent creatures to the point of extinction.this has no place in the 21 century.it should be confined to history.

  8. this is senseless and barbaric THIS HAS GOT TO STOP NOW

  9. avatar natasha neave says:

    This horrific massacre of dolphins and wales that lasts up to six months a year, during which time more than 20,000 dolphins and small whales are killed, is beyond belief. I can’t think about it too much as I find it too upsetting, please please show some humanity and see that this is beyond cruel and unnecessary. It is devastating to believe that this is actually taking place, these are such beautiful creatures and it a disgrace that man has come to act so barbarically.

    Please PLEASE PLEASE do what you can to end this.

  10. avatar anne richardson says:

    Absolutely abhorrent. How can this happen?

  11. You are a disgusting excuse for human beings and this should stop.

  12. avatar jane green says:

    this is barbaric ,you cant believe this day and age these kind of actions are still acceptable .come on people start and wake up and complain IT NEEDS STOPPING NOW

  13. avatar sheena greaves says:

    stop the killing of these beautiful creatures now

  14. avatar mark says:

    why, this is barbaric why why why why why why why why

  15. avatar mauren lord says:

    just discusting in these time’s of knowledge we have re these beautifull dolphin’s an intellergent species we have no right to murder . this is barbaric and must stop.

  16. avatar Jim Owen says:

    If the Japanese people think that doing this makes them equal in the eyes of the western world then they need to think again. We (civilised society) look down upon this barbaric treatment. Shame on the Japanese government for allowing it to continue.

  17. avatar Mary Broome says:

    This is absolutely unacceptable. Such barbarity towards an intelligent life form or any living thing is disgraceful.

  18. avatar Jean Moore says:

    These humans that do this are servants of the devil absolutely disgusted

  19. avatar Louise Wilson says:

    No words can describe this inhumane, barbaric treatment of theses beautiful intelligent animals, what the hell is wrong with individuals that think this is ok? I pray for the day that the people that carry out this cruelty hAve the same done to them!

  20. avatar Joseph Finch says:

    There is far too much blood being spilt Human on human and Far far far too much unnecessary killing by humans on animals,, including the Japanese murder of the Dolphins…/ I beg you to stop it.

  21. avatar Trudi Barwood says:

    I always cringe when the word ‘HUMANE’ is used. How can humans do this to such beautiful creatures. It’s murder plain and simple.

  22. avatar Jane Simmons says:

    This is absolutely appalling…. how can this senseless killing be allowed to continue. These creatures have feelings the same as we do…. how about we round up the families of these disgusting human beings and treat them in the same way before cutting their throats and letting them bleed to death… see how they like it. THIS MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY.

  23. avatar Kimberley peck says:

    You should be ashamed of yourselves that you can do this and let this happen in your own country. U are a disgrace and a disgusting human being. This has to stop now

  24. Beyond evil . Leave you with one word – why ?

  25. I cannot believe you are slaughtering these beautiful creatures… my heart is sore reading what you do to them, and how families wait to try and help, and see and hear what is done to their own and others, I cannot bear to look at those bloody waters… please please look into your hearts and souls and leave them be… let them be free … :'(

  26. avatar Kim Worthington says:

    I will not visit your country until you stop this practice. It is abhorrent.

  27. avatar Julie hunter says:

    You repulse me

  28. avatar Debz Jones says:

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY APPALLING!!!!, BE VERY ASHAMED!!!!, WILL NEVER VISIT THERE AND NEITHER WILL FRIENDS OR FAMILY!!!!!.

  29. avatar cathryn brooks says:

    This is disgusting behaviour. You cannot call yourselves human, that is an insult to the human race!

  30. avatar Tae turner says:

    HORRIFIC! This is beyond cruelty. It has to stop.A sea of blood and suffering ..The rest of the world does not condone this travesty.Please stop.

  31. avatar Joanne Jones says:

    This is barbaric! How disgusting that we as a human race can allow such a thing to carry on.

  32. avatar johanne gravino says:

    Thats the reason why i will never visit your country,not only japan, china all asiatic country they have no rspect for living creature ,they kill lions ,rhyno,monkeys, gorillas for so many stupid reasons. Shame on you .To kill those animals so intelligent how like the humains , i could you do that to them.

  33. avatar jim says:

    Fuckin murderer’s….this has to stop

  34. avatar Rob Jordan says:

    Please do the right thing. It doesn’t matter if you do it for the animals or for the tourist trade. Your reasons will always be your own, but please, do the right thing.

  35. avatar Michele Herbert says:

    This is absolutely outrageous, disgusting behavior. How can you call yourselves civilized human beings. You should be herded up and given the same brutal treatment or worse!!!!!!!!!!

  36. avatar Tonia Wezerijn says:

    This is disgusting and barbaric! How CAN you do this! You must be beasts … Even animals aren’t that cruel!

  37. avatar Donna Thomas says:

    This practice is disgusting and must end NOW!!

  38. avatar Donna Thomas says:

    Dolphins love humans and this is just completely senseless. How could you? Who the hell do you think you are? Leave these beautiful creatures in peace you evil people!

  39. avatar Jude drewery says:

    This is barbaric and must stop now!!! I will never visit Japan until this ends!

  40. avatar Sharon Sztronga says:

    The world must continue to Put pressure on the Japanese and the Danes and fight their Greed and “Traditions” . If we keep up the objections and the Fight.. I pray that this will end sooner than later.

  41. avatar Ziggi says:

    Breaks my heart :(

  42. avatar traci donegan says:

    Very very evil humans something needs b done about this evilness and NO W!! Disgrace to humans

  43. Disgusting, disgusting. These are mild words for the people doing this to Dolphins. What is wrong with them for them to carry out this dreadful deed and kill all these great mammals, mothers and babies included. Something has to be done to stop these people; jail them. To do this deserves Capital Punishment!

  44. avatar Bee Collins says:

    These beautiful creatures feel everything we are capable of feeling! This is murder plain and simple! You must stop this barbaric slaughter! Not just to save there souls but if your lucky maybe to save your own!

  45. avatar Chrystine Vernon says:

    I am disgusted, I could happily herd the disgusting excuses for human being that are responsible for this and shoot them!!!!

  46. Very Saddening to see the cruelty inflicted , not only on these mammals, though many others, before long another species will become extinct, another notch out of the circle of life, before long the circle will be destroyed, and so, in turn , will be the human race…….. mother nature hath no mercy

  47. avatar isabelle martineau says:

    sorry to throw oil on the fire but why are we more disgusted by these than say cows or pigs they are beautiful defense less animals too! discuss!

  48. avatar yvonne says:

    Disgusting!

  49. avatar Sarah Clarricoates says:

    There are no words!!!! This is utterly disgusting and terrible.

  50. Why is the slaughter of these beautiful creature’s still ongoing?? There is something mentally wrong with these people! This must stop now!

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