The dolphin drive hunts that take place each year in Taiji, Japan, have garnered international attention as the world has learned about the mass slaughter of dolphins and the ruthless captive selection process. These brutal hunts are documented by our team of Cove Monitors each season, and shared with the international public so that attention may be drawn to this outdated and unnecessarily cruel practice. Please help today using the following steps to take action.
1. Sign Petitions
Sign our petitions to help end Taiji’s brutal dolphin hunts. Share and encourage friends and family to sign as well!
Your support is critical to our mission. If your employer has a matching gifts program, your donation could be doubled or even tripled!
Were you inspired by Ric O’Barry in “The Cove”? Learn more about becoming a volunteer Dolphin Project Cove Monitor.
All proceeds from the Dolphin Project shop support our international campaigns, and it’s a great way to start a conversation.
In recent years, there is growing advocacy and action by Japanese citizens who hope to protect dolphins from Taiji’s drive hunts. Learn more about how you can support them!
3. Spread Awareness
- STAY INFORMED AND UP TO DATE
Follow Dolphin Project on social media for updates on our campaigns and calls to action, and spread awareness by sharing posts with your friends and followers!
- HELP SPREAD AWARENESS IN JAPAN
Have friends or family in Japan? Share our Japanese Website with them!
- EXPLORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Think of your skills and areas of expertise, and how you can use them to help dolphins. Visit our Volunteer Page for some ideas, and check out Activism Guides to take further action in your community!
4. Contact The Authorities
Help us get the word out! Please contact these authorities and urge them to use their power to put an end to Taiji’s brutal dolphin hunts, and to end the international trade of Taiji’s captive dolphins once and for all.
Prime Minister of Japan
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga
Cabinet Public Relations Office, Cabinet Secretariat,
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100 – 8968, Japan
Online comment form #1: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
Japan Fisheries Public Contact Form
Wakayama Prefecture Office, Fishery Division
Japan Cabinet Office
Japanese Embassies and Consulates-General Worldwide
US Embassy in Japan:
William Hagerty IV – Ambassador of the United States to Japan
Send E-mail to the U.S. Embassy in Japan
Authorities in the Captivity Industry
US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
International Whaling Commission (IWC)
The Red House,
135 Station Road,
Cambridgeshire CB24 9NP, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 233 971
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 87
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Convention on Migratory Species (CMP)
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: (+49 228) 815 2401
Fax: (+49 228) 815 2449
5. Contact Aquariums That Have Left JAZA
After years of international pressure, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) suspended the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) as a member of its organization in 2015, in relation to Taiji’s drive hunts. Only after JAZA banned its members (zoos and aquariums within Japan) from acquiring Taiji-caught dolphins, they were allowed to rejoin WAZA. As Japan has one of the highest number of dolphinariums, this was a big step forward for dolphins! However not all facilities with captive dolphins are JAZA members, and a handful of aquariums in Japan have given up their JAZA membership since the ban. Please use the list below to urge these facilities NOT to purchase or trade captive dolphins that were captured in Taiji.
Shimonoseki Marine Science Museum/Kaiyokan
Awashima Marine Park
Tsukumi Iruka Shima