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D.C. Protests Against the Japanese Dolphin Slaughter!

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Posted September 1, 2011 by Christina

You wanna know something that really gets to me? The annual Japanese dolphin slaughter.

For those of you who don’t know: In the Japanese fishing village of Taiji, entire schools of dolphins are driven into a hidden cove after a prolonged chase, and once trapped inside the cove, the fishers kill the dolphins by cutting their throats with knives or stabbing them with spears. The water turns red with the dolphins’ blood as the dolphins scream and struggle to escape. Although some assume that the dolphins are killed to supply a small minority of Japanese people with dolphin meat, the animals are actually killed as “pests” because they compete with commercial fishing (sounds familiar, right?).

The annual six-month massacre begins on September 1, and claims the lives of approximately 23,000 dolphins and small whales in Japan every year. In honor of the thousands of dolphins that will be slaughtered this year, I participated in a Japan Dolphins Day protest today outside of the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C.

Check out some pics:

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If you don’t want to support the slaughter of dolphins, don’t visit any place that has dolphins in captivity (this includes SeaWorld, guys).

Click here to send a letter to the Japanese government and ask them to stop the slaughter. For more information about the Japanese slaughter of dolphins, visit www.savejapandolphins.org, and be sure to watch The Cove if you haven’t already!

Your help will dolphinitely make a difference!

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  • 1332 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please join hands and make efforts as u can and let the beautiful creation survive.Save Dolphins Save Planet..

  • 1341 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    dolphins are one of nature’s most loving animals.
    do not kill them and please let them live

  • 1342 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am with you and i hope the japanese stop this.
    SAVE THE DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1342 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is JUST horrible killing innocent animals!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1342 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Stop this killing

  • 1342 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Please stop killing innocent animals!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It is just inhuman to kill any animal like that. And dolphins are one of the sweetest, most friendly and probably quite intelligent too. The Japanese government should put a ban on this inhuman killing.

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    just horrible

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Absolute Cruelty??????????????

  • 1343 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is just horrible HOW CAN HUMANS BE SO CRUEL.

  • 1345 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    plz stop killing Dolphins

  • 1347 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    please don’t kill “Dolphins” people who kill dolphins are very bad…………….
    so plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………….Don’t kill “””Dolphins”””””

  • 1347 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think dolphin killing is very very bad. We should save them, they are very very sweet. If we kill dolphins we will not have any dolphins left in the world- Tarohnish Kotwal.

  • 1372 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Why dolphins? :( They are so cute, harmless, and friendly…

  • 1376 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Just look how savage men can get? Those that care less about dolphins or any creature and kill them for unscrupulous reasons are worse than any beast.

  • 1428 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It is difficult to understand someone whose shoes you have not wore. I wish that the world would be a more compassionate place.

    I am shocked by these atrocities. But judging never helps, we need to keep up the public pressure and offer alternatives.

    May everyone be ready to see their truth and to follow it with their hearts and actions.

    I hope we can stop the dolphin killing in Taiji!

  • 1429 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Damn. Never expected dolphins to be hurt at all.

  • 1430 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    kool pictures, we had a protest here in chicago against the dlphin slaughter as well :) it was so much fun!!!

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    The lucrative captivity shows at aquariums and the “swim-with-dolphin” marine parks is one of the main reasons the dolphin slaughter continues. The captivity industry will continue to turn a blind eye to the mass dolphin slaughter until we, the consumer, start to make some noise and refuse to fund the slaughter and industry!
    In the US, the captivity industry try to wipe their hands clean by force breeding programs. The animals are over-breed like dogs and the parents usually die do to overbreeding. These animals are treated like slaves and baby factories.

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    POOR DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    i’ll sen dthe letter now! thats so super sad :(

  • Lis

    1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I LOVE my photo in this (I’m the first person).

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have been dreading this day to come! I was so bummed that I was not able to attend Japan Dolphin Day in Chicago since I was at class during the time it was going on, but I did wear Save Japan Dolphin gear hoping to make others aware of this tragedy. Dolphins have always been my favorite animal and I HATE that this happens each year. I also suggest for everyone to watch the documentary The Cove, it is a real eye-opener to what really happens to these animals.

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    We Rocked it like GODZILLA

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Is it just me or is there something attractive about a girl yelling into a megaphone?

  • 1431 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    ughhhhhh is there any place in this world that would just leave all creatures alone and in peace :(

    • 1427 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Petas headquarters and the bottom of the ocean probably. But that’s about it.

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