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Stop Dolphin hunts

The annual dolphin hunts that occur in Taiji, Japan are so graphically violent that curtains are pulled across the shoreline to hide the killings from the public. Dolphins and small whales are driven into a cove where they are either slaughtered or selected alive for sale to marine parks, zoos and aquaria for human ‘entertainment’. These hunts must end.

Dolphin hunt at Taiji, Japan
Dolphin hunt at Taiji, Japan

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, WDC works on many different levels to end the bloodshed. You enable us to commission undercover investigations and surveillance in Taiji, Japan, where the most infamous of these hunts takes place. You support our work in Japan to work with local organisations and educate the public – many Japanese people have no idea these hunts take place. You join our campaigns to stop businesses contributing to the slaughter, such as airlines which carry live dolphins captured during the hunt for zoos and aquariums. You help us influence legislators and decision makers to tighten laws to protect dolphins.

It is almost inconceivable that this level of cruelty is allowed in the 21st century. Help shape the future.

Introduction to dolphin hunts

The most well-known dolphin hunts, known as drive hunts, take place in the Faroe Islands and Japan. The Japanese hunts are amongt the biggest slaughters of whales and dolphins in the world. The infamous hunts in the Taiji cove happen from the first of September through to April every year.

Curtains are pulled across the shoreline to hide the killing from the public. Dolphins suffer extreme pain and stress. Many dolphins are captured alive to be sold to marine parks and zoos and some die of shock before they are taken away.

WDC obtained undercover footage from behind the curtain and we commissioned a veterinary analysis of the method used to kill the dolphins. The science proves what we could see - these hunts are beyond cruel, they are utterly inhumane.

WDC has recently worked with colleagues to produce a new report that reveals some 100,000 small whales and dolphins are being hunted every year around the globe.

Join us in our campaign to end these hunts once and for all.

We believe change will come. Join us. Be part of the movement.

Astrid Fuchs leads WDC's international Stop Whaling team. Astrid's background is in European environmental law and she represents WDC in various international assemblies such as the International Whaling Commission and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. Astrid has been active in animal rights and conservation since school and started working with WDC in 2005 as a volunteer at the Scottish Dolphin Centre.