(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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TOKYO ― Sting, former frontman for The Police, has joined up with Ric O’Barry in the fight to save the dolphins. Read on to see how the musician plans to help bring an end to the dolphin slaughter.
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.
TOKYO-Anti-hunting activists and dolphin fishermen will meet for the first time Nov. 2 in Taiji, Japan to discuss the annual dolphin slaughter.
JAPAN – The first victims of the slaughter are 15 pilot whales that marine park trainers rejected. The ‘fishermen’ tried to cover up the killings, illustrating that it’s butchering business as usual in The Cove, except with a wider blood-soaked net.
JAPAN- Some Japanese are resorting to violent threats against Ric O’Barry and others who challenge Taiji’s dolphin slaughter. ‘The Cove’ director likens it to America’s former slavery tradition, noting that unjust ‘traditions’ can and should end.
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.