All over the world, demonstrators gathered today in front of Japanese Consulates as part of the Save Japan Dolphins International Protest. Their goal? To raise awareness of how dolphins are being captured and killed in Taiji, Japan every year.
The slaughter, the subject of last year’s movie The Cove, which won the Academy Award for best documentary, is happening again in Japan this year. And infuriating an international community of conservationists. Every year, thousands of dolphins are rounded up in a cove and the youngest and healthiest dolphins are pulled out and sold to dolphinariums like SeaWorld, and the rest are brutally butchered, turning the sea water blood red. The meat is then packaged as lunches for Japanese school children.
According to activists like Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the dolphin meat has high levels of mercury and shouldn’t be eaten. Wietse van der Werf, the co-founder of The Black fish, an organization that actually cut nets at the Cove to free captive dolphins this year, says that even the dolphins that are selected are doomed to live in small tanks their whole lives, forced to perform several shows a day, their sensitive echolocation system bouncing off concrete walls.
To hear an interview with the co-founder of The Black Fish, click here: