Taiji dolphin slaughter begins

By BD Padgett (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

View of Taiji from the south. The marina is in the center, the Pacific Ocean is to the right.

Every year, Japan’s little town of Taiji embarks on one of animal activists’ most hated pastimes: the dolphin slaughter.

The slaughter takes place once a year, with local fishermen claiming it’s a tradition – a relatively new one if their excuse is to be believed – and authorities saying the dolphin meat was a food product. Various activist organisations are involved in exposing the slaughter at Taiji, and according to recent reports, dolphin meat has quickly fallen out of favour after awareness campaigns told people in Japan about the high levels of mercury found in dolphin meat. Yet the slaughter continues, and fishermen relentlessly kill hundreds of dolphins every year.

What the authorities will not admit to is the fact that many dolphins are captured during the campaign, and sold off to entertainment and animal parks around the world.

I look at the history of the film that rocketed it to stardom and current efforts against the slaughter here.


The small Japanese town of Taiji was relatively unknown until 2010 when the Oscar-winning film The Cove launched it into stardom, but for all the wrong reasons.

Read the full piece on SlideShare since NoW! was shut down.

If you would like to find out even more, visit Sea Shepherd’s website.

{Image credit: By BD Padgett (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons}


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