TAIJI, 1-24-17: At 1:54 p.m., it was over. After five days of horror, 150+ dolphins were finally freed, driven out to sea by the very banger boats which first stole their freedom.
Ninety-nine hours ago, it began as fisherman spotted a pod of 250+ bottlenose dolphins. With captive dolphins worth up to $155K USD, a massive payday was soon in the making. Day after day, divers and trainers ravaged this beautiful pod, sorting and selecting the most beautiful and valuable mammals to be sold as entertainers to marine parks and aquariums throughout the world.
Dolphin Project Cove Monitors live streamed on Facebook for hour after hour, and in real-time, the world witnessed the full horror of the captive selection process. Dolphins were seen bloodied from injuries with vomit in their mouths, struggling against their captors, slamming their heads against the skiffs and huddling close together in panic. Many babies and juveniles were seen, their little fins surfacing as they were ripped from their mother’s sides.
At the end of each day, humans turned a blind eye and left both groups – the dolphins “rejected” for captivity, and the ones still to be “processed” – alone and trapped in the cove, with no access to food (or hydration). The injured became weaker, and on day four, we witnessed two dolphins succumb to the trauma of their ordeal, their dead bodies taken to the butcher’s house.
On the morning of day five, a lone dolphin was spotted swimming outside the nets, having escaped it’s confinement. And yet, the dolphin chose to remain with its pod and family, rather than swimming to freedom. In another heartbreaking visual, a dolphin lay on its side, floating dead against a net.
In the 99th hour, after each and every member of the pod had been abused by human hands, the boats returned to drive the remaining dolphins out to sea. In such a weakened state, with many suffering from extensive injuries, there is no telling how many more will perish.
One hundred dolphins were taken captive and at a minimum, four died in the cove, although many more may have sunk to the bottom, their numbers unrecorded. Our Cove Monitors will keep a close eye on the pens as the new recruits are put through the rigorous demands that captivity entails. Some won’t survive their training, some will die en-route to their new concrete and glass homes, while others will suffer ongoing humiliation, along with physical and psychological stress as they entertain paying audiences.
They deserve better. Much, much better.
Breaking: Massive Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins Captured in Taiji
Breaking: Real-Time Brutality in Cove as Dolphins Held Another Night
Breaking: Terror, Injuries During Day 3 of Captive Selection
Breaking: Taiji’s Vile Abuse of Dolphins – Day 4
HOW YOU CAN HELP
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL JAPANESE EMBASSY/CONSULATE AND LET THEM KNOW YOUR OUTRAGE AT TAIJI’S DEPLORABLE ABUSE OF DOLPHINS:
PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN
Prime Minister Shinzo- Abe
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
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