Bottlenose Dolphins Slaughtered in The Cove

By Kirsten Massebeau
Update October 4, 2010: It is now thought the large pod of dolphins slaughtered in “The Cove were striped dolphins and not bottlenose. The striped dolphin is known to have a very low survival rate in captivity. 
October 3, 2010 Today Tia Butt of Save Japan Dolphins and Rosie Kunneke, and Sarah Legg  of the Cove Guardians, reported real time from The Cove that 28-30  dolphins were driven into “The Cove” inTaiji, Japan where they were brutally slaughtered. Although the fisherman had built walls to keep watchful eyes out the activists could hear the bottlenose dolphins, mothers, children, and infants thrashing in the water as the dishonorable fisherman of Taiji stabbed them until they were immobilized and then sliced out their spines causing an agonizing death lasting at time up to 10 minutes.

Please watch this video made by Dieter Hagmann last winter to understand the terrible truth about the dolphin drives in taiji:

One dolphin was spared today. That one dolphin will pay for the gas, and all expenses for todays hunt bringing in close to $200,000 from a swim with dolphins program, marine park, or aquarium. The dolphin spared today will be put into a tiny sea pen where his training through food deprivation will begin. Then in one years time he or she will be packed in iced and shipped to a life of captivity and slavery, an early death being certain. Please watch A fall From Freedom a movie that documents the connection between SeaWorld and the dolphin drives of Japan

We must work with the people of Japan to end this cruel slaughter. By supporting Japanese businesses that are promoting eco-tourism and dolphin appreciation we can demonstrate that supporting the dolphins in the wild can be profitable. Please support Izumi Ishii because he is our hope for the future. His t-shirts are wonderful and his tours are taking the Japanese coastlines away from whaling and towards eco-tourism.

Izumi Ishii A Champion for Dolphins

Please Join the movement to save the dolphins of Taiji

And if you haven’t already please watch The Cove

Please send love, energy, and strength to the one remaining dolphin of the pod as he or she swims in the blood of their loved ones wondering what kind of monster is this creature that walks on land. She or she has many years of sorrow and pain ahead. This pod will never be forgotten.

10 thoughts on “Bottlenose Dolphins Slaughtered in The Cove

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  3. Kirsten, you have written a beautiful and heart-breaking article. Being away and far from computers, I missed this horrendous slaughter. i wondered every day what was happening in “The Cove”. I meditated every day for the dolphins, trying to send them to freedom. So horrifyingly, I have returned to find this. One dolphin saved. He/she may as well be dead, along with the rest of his/her pod.

    I vow to never go anywhere that has live dolphin shows, swimming with dolphins, dolphins in captivity, etc.

    A true horror. Thank you for the article, Kirsten.

  4. Kirsten,

    Well written and I love the positive messaging about supporting those inside of Japan who are actively working to share the message that eco-tourism is the future for dolphins and whales to be able to swim safely thru Japanese waters. #dolphinsloveus

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  5. Captivity kills! All you have to do is NOT buy a ticket to the seaquarium ”shows”. If that is all you do, it is a big deal. Another great article, thank you.

  6. What can anyone say about mans total inhumane barbarism towards these beautiful creatures.
    Man will never shock me as to how evil they are.
    Ones knee jerk reaction is to declare war on the murderers and to not stop until they have paid with their own blood.
    Then reality bites and you realise that is not going to happen and that we must support Izumii Ishii and his supporters and further protests on regular basis outside the Japanese Embassy in London.
    Right to your own MP asking them to condemn the Dolphin brutality.

    • Thank-you sister for pointing out what drives the slaughter, the captive dolphin industry. Please my sister Toni want to ask you a favor, don’t swim with dolphins and boycott all marine parks and aquariums. Ocean creatures belong in the ocean!

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