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Solitary captive dolphin Honey dies

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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Like the dolphins, like dolphins can swim

This afternoon, I joined hundreds of people, young and old, as we marched through central London in brilliant winter sunshine. As we headed down Regent Street and along Piccadilly, the air rang with singing, drums and whistles, whilst colourful flags and banners jostled for space against the skyline. Despite the carnival atmosphere, we marched with…

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World zoo organisation accused of links to brutal Japanese dolphin hunts

The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the organisation behind the world’s leading zoos, is being taken to court in Switzerland by conservation groups over claims that it is directly linked to the infamous dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan. Waza stands accused of helping secure captured dolphins for one of its members, despite publicly condemning…

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