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:
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!