This video tells the story of the suffering that dolphins endure in the drive hunts at Taiji, Japan. WARNING: Contains images that may be graphic to some viewers. More information below.
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MORE INFO ABOUT THE HUNTS IN TAIJI:
The drive hunts in Taiji take place from September through March. The demand for seeing dolphins in captivity has kept this practice alive; trainers fly into Taiji to select dolphins best suited for captivity, while the rest are left behind and slaughtered. Even if aquariums - such as SeaWorld - do not currently take dolphins captured from these hunts, they keep the demand alive by demonstrating that the industry is lucrative and profitable.
Please pledge to not support facilities that house captive dolphins or other whales to help lower the demand that keeps this practice alive.
One argument commonly used to support the hunts is that it is a part of local tradition. However, according to Izumi Ishii, a former dolphin hunter in Taiji, this is not the case. "Their argument that the force of tradition justifies the herding, capturing and slaughtering of dolphins is a flimsy one. Many past cultural practices, such as slavery, bordellos and beheading were stopped for ethical reasons. Tradition and culture are forces that change in accordance with new scientific understanding and evolving ethical standards. In addition, the Taiji hunt didn't even become institutionalized on a large scale until 1969, so its roots are quite shallow" (Editorial in the Japan Times).
Dolphins are incredibly intelligent, sentient creatures. Capturing, slaughtering, and holding them is an outdated practice that should be ceased. Please help spread appreciation and respect for the natural world and its inhabitants.
For more information about the drive hunts in Taiji, and how you can help, please visit https://www.dolphinproject.com/.