The Dolphins of Taiji (Japan)

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I made this cake dummy for this year’s “World Love For Dolphins” Day on 13. February 2016. Not very appetizing but it is intended to spark some thought.

In the small coastal town of Taiji, Japan, hundreds to thousands of dolphins are driven from the ocean’s open waters into the hidden shallow bay, now infamously known around the world as the cove. The hunters capture entire families of various species of dolphins and small whales at a time in order to satisfy the international demand for captive cetaceans in the entertainment industry.

Those taken captive are sent to aquariums and marine parks worldwide. The remaining dolphins and small whales are killed by a hunting technique known as “pithing,” which leaves the still conscious animals paralyzed and often drowning in the blood of their own family members.

While the flesh of a dead dolphin sells for approximately $500, a live dolphin caught and trained in Taiji can fetch up to $250,000. As dolphin and whale meat are losing favor, dolphin shows are more popular than ever and effectively fund the slaughter.

Please say NO to dolphin shows and marine parks and let these majestic creatures live a life of freedome they deserve.

More information under http://www.seashepherd.org/henkaku/ and https://dolphinproject.net/