If you’ve seen The Cove, then you know about Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter—an awful practice that has sparked international outrage. Although Japan claims the killing is a “tradition,” this horrifying event began only in 1969, when people started showing an interest in paying top dollar for dolphins they could keep in captivity and use for “entertainment.” And now, it’s happened again.
About 500 dolphins were driven into the infamous cove in Taiji, Japan, for this year’s dolphin slaughter. This time, fishers placed tarps over much of the cove to hide their gruesome activities and to keep cameras from being able to capture photos and video of them as they sorted out which dolphins would be stolen from their homes and sold to marine-mammal parks and which would be slaughtered for meat. We can’t be sure how many dolphins were captured, killed, or released (if any were let go), but what we can be sure of is this:
If the demand for marine parks and swim-with-dolphins programs ends, then fewer dolphins will be captured or killed. Please, never visit SeaWorld or any other place that uses marine mammals for entertainment and keeps them in captivity. And next time you have a movie night with your friends, show them Blackfish or The Cove to help them understand why we ALL need to speak up for animals!
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