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Dolphin Lovers Unite On Dolphin Day (PHOTOS)

(DOLPHIN DAY/TAIJI SLAUGHTER) — In response to the start of the Taiji dolphin-hunting season yesterday, citizens across the world stood up and voiced their outcries over the annual dolphin slaughter at more than 40 Japanese embassies and consulates. September 1 marks the beginning of the dolphin hunt; the date also marks Dolphin Day. While Dolphin Day events are intended to put pressure on Japan, Ric O’ Barry adds that “the goal is to make this the biggest global event celebrating Japanese dolphins yet.” Moreover, the coverage of Dolphin Day will hopefully raise awareness about Taiji and spur more people into action to help diminish the hunters’ profits. Although Dolphin Day calls for animal activism, the event also gives us time to reflect on dolphins and their beauty, intelligence, and right to exist. Check out the pictures and video from Dolphin Day 2011 below. — Global Animal

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Dolphin meat contains dangerous levels of mercury. Photo credit: The Cove

Meeting At The Cove Fails Activists And Dolphins Alike

TAIJI, JAPAN – Ric O’Barry and other activists set to meet with the mayor of Taiji met nothing but ‘a sham’ according to O’ Barry, who boycotted the meeting after finding that all of his questions would be censored. Representatives from Sea Shepherd, the Whaleman Foundation and the World Ocean Fund were at the meeting, but made no headway against the slaughter.

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Why The Dolphin Hunt Is Even Worse Than It Seems

While most already see the annual dolphin hunt as a horrific act, Hardy Jones says there’s more to hold against the slaughter than we already know. He argues that dolphins are so highly contaminated by marine toxins that they pose a serious threat to human and environmental health overall–so the Taiji villagers eating the dolphin may forced to stop, or fall ill and die first.

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