By Kirsten Massebeau
While in the United States voters rushed to the poles to cast their votes for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the other side of the world in Taiji, Japan a very different kind of battle was taking place. A small pod of Risso’s dolphins were spotted by the notoriously cruel dolphin hunters of Taiji, Japan. This little family included a new baby who still sported his or her birthing rings, and a young juvenile, still dependent on their mother.
The little pod fought hard but they never had a chance against the eight killing boats.
“These dolphins are fighting for their lives battling with Bangers near The Cove while the remaining banger boats come to help them these dolphins do not want to give up and the banging of these torture poles is louder and unbearable these poor dolphins are going through hell as we speak .. Difficult to watch”. (SJD Cove Monitors)
Two poor souls were selected for captivity by the female trainers. The baby dolphin and the juvenile were then taken aboard a skiff and dumped out at sea. A brand new baby cast into the open sea with only a juvenile at his or her side. The remaining pod was slaughtered dying slowly behind the blue tarps known for the suffering that happens behind their draped walls.
by Dieter Hagmann www.atlanticblue.de
“It beggars belief what happened today to the babies in this pod, no mercy shown what so ever. The female trainer who chose the ones for captivity and dragged the baby back under the nets was most shocking to me. And trainers say they love dolphins”. (SJD Taiji Cove Monitors)
As the U.S. election was called, and as the candidates gave their speeches of success and concession, far away on the other side of the world in Taiji, Japan a baby dolphin and juvenile, wandered the ocean sure to die without their parents and pod. On land in Taiji, the blood of innocent dolphins ran down the drain pipes, while two Risso’s dolphins deep in shock, were imprisoned, and catapulted into training for captivity, never to see the open ocean and their pod again. A day of shattered dolphin lives had again come and gone again in Taiji a true hell on earth for dolphins.
The captive dolphin trade pays for the slaughter. Each dolphin brings these hunters up to $150,000 once trained, while the mercury laden meat of these poor souls brings in far less. The message from our Save Japan Dolphins Cove Monitors and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians: “Don’t buy a ticket! When you support a dolphin show you support the slaughter and capture of dolphins in Taiji, Japan”. Keep sharing The Cove far and wide. Follow the live stream by the Cove Guardians on taiji.ezearth.tv.