Taiji, 1-22-17: It’s been 63 hours since a 250+ strong pod of bottlenose dolphins were driven into the cove. They have been terrorized, manhandled, starved and dehydrated – so orders could be filled for aquariums and marine parks throughout the world. As of 1-22-17, a total of 53 dolphins have been taken captive.
The hunters must have rejoiced at such a payday. For every face that registered terror, a dollar value would have been assigned to them. The ones considered “worthy” for show purposes – many of whom were very young – were ruthlessly forced into nets and dragged away from their mothers and other pod members. The ones considered “rejects” were tagged and separated from the main group in order that they not be inspected at a future time.
Dolphin Project Cove Monitors live streamed on Facebook for seven hours as dolphins were brutalized into submission. Then, at around 2:20 p.m. local time, divers and trainers left for the day, once again, turning their backs on the pod. The dolphins were photographed listing on their sides, spy-hopping and swimming in tight circles around one another as their suffering dragged on.
We estimate that 100 dolphins have been sorted and rejected and approximately 50 are still to be assessed whether they will be suitable as captive performers. At the time of this writing, both groups of dolphins are still being held captive. We wonder how many dolphins have already perished from such extreme abuse?
Their horror will persist tomorrow as the captive selection process continues.
Breaking: Massive Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins Captured in Taiji
Breaking: Real-Time Brutality in Cove as Dolphins Held Another Night
Breaking: Taiji’s Vile Abuse of Dolphins – Day 4
Breaking: 99 Hours of Hell
HOW YOU CAN HELP
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL JAPANESE EMBASSY/CONSULATE AND LET THEM KNOW YOUR OUTRAGE AT TAIJI’S DEPLORABLE ABUSE OF DOLPHINS, TAKING PLACE NOW IN THE COVE:
PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN
Prime Minister Shinzo- Abe
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
Online comment form #1: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
Online comment form #2: https://form.cao.go.jp/kokusai/en_opinion-0001.html
Japanese Embassies Worldwide:
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US Embassy in Japan:
Ambassador of the United States to Japan
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