Taiji Cove Dolphin Slaughter

Dear Friends of Wildlife,

Rarely is there a chance for us to come together to show our disgust and disapproval for some terrible act perpetrated against wildlife and to call for compassion, respect and peace.

Next Saturday – 17th January – is one of those special occasions.

The annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan – unimaginable cruelty and exploitation exposed so brilliantly in The Cove by long-term campaigners such as Ric O’Barry – may take place on the other side of the world, but it is relevant to us all.

According to Sea Shepherd, the dolphin meat from Taiji is valued at between US$40,000 – US$60,000.  However, the live dolphins caught and sold into the captive industry from Taiji are valued between US$5.5 and 7.3 million!

So, as we see so many times, if you want to know the truth, follow the money.

Swimming with a captive dolphins used to be Number 1 on many people’s bucket list (don’t ask me why).  It is now Number 7.  Soon, I hope, it will fall out of the Top 10 and then, instead of being something to do, it will become something to avoid.

That’s why Taiji matters to us.  It is the tourists visiting captive dolphin facilities that perpetuates the economic viability of Taiji and that is why I will be there, along with Dominic Dyer of Care for the Wild, Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones and many others, to take part in our peaceful but potent midday March from Cavendish Square to Trafalgar Square in London on 17th January.  I will add my voice to the growing global chorus that will, one day, bring an end to the shame that is Taiji.

If you can, join me at London’s Cavendish Square (W1G 0AJ). I’ll be there from 11 am – nearest tube Oxford Circus. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

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3 Responses to “Taiji Cove Dolphin Slaughter”

  1. Anna Spencer Says:

    It is comforting to know that Born Free exists to help these animals, who have no voice and cannot stand up for themselves.

    Thankfully, swimming with dolphins is no longer at the top of people’s bucket list, but it is very disturbing to find that these graceful and sentient creatures are still being exploited in dolphinaria, as well as being sold for their meat.

    Not all nations view animal welfare as compassionately as ours, and perhaps education is the key, with the emphasis on how much these intelligent creatures suffer.

    You are so right Will, when you say that money is the motivating factor in the way dolphins are treated nowadays. This seems to unfortunately be true in almost every aspect of our lives! I hope that your march will achieve its aims, and that you will find a great deal of support from friends.

  2. Virginia McKenna Says:

    I cannot be with you on this very important day but I will certainly be walking with you in spirit. Every step of the way. The suffering of and the cruelty inflicted on these innocent, amazing dolphins is intolerable and anyone who perpetuates it should hang their heads in shame. Of course , it is all about money and control. In my view this is dirty money and the control is about man’s arrogance.
    There are things in life we cannot change, but this is not one of them.
    We have been told about the intelligence of dolphins, we have observed how they suffer in captivity. It is crucial that we raise our voices on their behalf and bring to an end the fearful and terrifying ordeal they endure for our supposed enjoyment and “education”.

  3. Louise McKenna Says:

    This should never happen and hopefully this campaign will wake people up to the injustice. I am there in heart , mind and spirit. Louise