Every year in Japan local fishermen are given permits to capture or kill 16-23,000 dolphins and small whales per year. In Taiji they kill/capture around 2,000 animals each season (which runs from September to March.)
Stop the slaughter!
Just 26 fishermen take part in the actual drive, with others helping to slaughter the animals in the shallows under cover of tarpaulins, out of the sight of the public. During these stressful captures dolphin families are separated and whilst the majority are slaughtered for their meat, many are still selected by representatives of the captivity industry and sent to facilities around the world who pay large amounts of money for these animals who are then trained for shows and swim with dolphin programmes.
Promotion of dolphin/whale shows and swim programmes by tour operators, the media and the captivity industry is perpetuating the demand for these animals - as long as people pay to see/swim with dolphins and whales these captures will continue - separating families forever.
Annual Worldwide Dolphin Day Protests
At the beginning of the drive hunt season each year, an International Day of Action is held with more than 20,000 participants taking part in hundreds of events in 50 countries across the globe against the Taiji Drive Hunts, calling for these to be abolished immediately - it is now time for the suffering to stop.