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WDC in Japan – Part 4: A journey to Taiji’s killing cove

WDC in Japan – Part 4: A journey to Taiji’s killing cove

Taiji's cove with boats rounding up dolphins to be slaughtered or sold to aquraiums

Every year in Taiji, Japan, 500 to 600 dolphins of various species are killed, or captured and sold to zoos and aquariums worldwide. I had to visit the home of the notorious ‘cove’ to understand why and how this is still happening, and what needs to be done to end it forever. But I wasn’t prepared for what I witnessed.

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High mercury levels found in Japanese dolphin meat

According to reports from Japan, police there are investigating the sale of whale and dolphin meat containing potentially illegal levels of dangerous toxins. Action for Dolphins group say tests on samples of meat sold in the coastal town of Taiji reveal mercury levels up to 25 times higher that safe limits set by the government.…

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Latest Taiji drive hunt season ends with many dolphins killed

Fishermen in the coastal town of Taiji, Japan have ended this season’s brutal dolphin hunt and, according to local sources, have killed or captured over 550 whales and dolphins. Species killed include Risso’s and striped dolphins as well as melon-headed whales and short-finned pilot whales. These drive hunts run from September to March or April…

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Solitary captive dolphin Honey dies

Dolphin Project reports state that a bottlenose dolphin named Honey has died at the Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium near Tokyo in Japan. She was often described as the world’s loneliest dolphin. Honey was taken from the wild in 2005 in one of the drive hunts that take place each year in Taiji, Japan. In these…

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Numbers emerge from latest dolphin hunt season in Taiji

Figures from the latest Taiji dolphin hunt season, which began last September, suggest that around 130 individual hunts took place with over 500 dolphins killed. Every year, starting on September 1st, fishermen in the Taiji region of Japan leave the shore to kill a range of different species. Once a pod of dolphins is spotted,…

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Taiji sets up cultural links with Faroese town

Taiji, the Japanese coastal town where the notorious dolphin drive hunts take place, announced on Wednesday that it has established cultural links with Klaksvik, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. Those cultural links include the fact that Klaksvik is also a location where drive hunts take place, primarily targeting pilot whales. In a…

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Taiji hunters allowed to kill more whales and dolphins

Fishermen hunting whales and dolphins in Taiji, Japan have been allowed to increase the number of both melon-headed whales and rough-toothed dolphins only mid-way through the hunting season. Both species were new to the list of those allowed to be caught in the 2017 hunt but the numbers caught already have reached the initial quota…

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Taiji – an inflated symbol of perceived culture

I have the pleasure of introducing a guest blog by Kame-Kujira-Neko, a Japanese whale and dolphin advocate and author. Kame regularly blogs about whaling and dolphin hunting, mainly in Japanese. His novel “Whales Ocean” was published in Japan in 1995. In Japan, “Alternative facts” about whaling are spreading. There is no longer any reflection on…

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Good news for WDC dolphin hunt campaign

We have received another boost to our campaign to stop airlines transporting dolphins around the world and fueling the captivity industry. Air India has joined the growing list of major airlines that have now confirmed to us that they will not carry live dolphins taken from cruel hunts in Japan on their aircraft.  Hunters kill…

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