Taiji A Place of Terror and Suffering for Dolphins

By Kirsten Massebeau Champions for Cetaceans Daily Scoop

The Hopi Prayer for a pod of striped dolphins

Today September 26th in Japan a pod escaped the dolphin hunters in Taiji. Cheers abound from activists after a grueling drive yesterday. A pod of approximately 25 striped dolphins were driven into the cove. Originally they were a much larger pod, but half the pod did escape. That did not make it any easier for those that would lose their lives in the shallows of a place haunted by the dolphin suffering of millions.

Secret video captured in a previous season by Dieter Hagmann

As the dolphins were pushed into the cove by the banger boats Save Japan Dolphins Taiji Cove Monitors posted:

Dolphins terrified and being pushed to shore. 12:07 (source)

Then only 14 minutes later:

Taiji: #Tweet4Dolphins
One dolphin floated in the middle for a while. Now dead. Some dolphins were taken in skiffs alive. 12:14pm. (Source)


Taiji: #Tweet4Dolphins

@slaughterhouse…blood is pouring out. They tried to put something to catch the blood as it comes out but it’s not working. The amount is sickening. 1:15pm,. (Source)

Dolphin Meat Distribution by Save Japan Dolphins Taiji Monitors

In 2009 the award winning documentary “The Cove” revealed the dolphin suffering that takes place in Taiji, Japan. The slaughter is financed by the sale of dolphins for captivity. The meat is toxic so the ability to sell it is waning but as long as marine parks, aquariums, dolphinariums, swim with dolphins, and Dolphin Assisted Therapy purchase these individuals the slaughter will never end.

How can you help? Join Ric O’Barry and Save Japan Dolphins. Your donations go to fighting this inhumane slaughter in Taiji, Japan. The website provides many ways that you can get involved today!

Join Save Japan Dolphin Taiji Cove Monitors on Facebook! Like the page and get up to date feed on the drives and ways to take action.

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Beluga Whales Need Your Help!

By Kirsten Massebeau Champions for Cetaceans Daily Scoop

A Beluga Whale at the Georgia Aquarium

Ric O’Barry of The Dolphin Project has made a call to action for beluga whales, the white dolphins:

The Georgia Aquarium is proposing to import EIGHTEEN wild belugas, caught in the wild in Russia, to distribute to the three SeaWorld parks (Florida, California and Texas), Shedd Aquarium and Mystic Aquarium.

Belugas are the wonderful white dolphins that inhabit the Arctic Ocean.  They are also called the “sea canary” for their high-pitched whistles underwater, part of their communication and sonar.  Like all such dolphins, they live in close family groups.

Russia is becoming a bigger and bigger exporter of wild cetaceans as countries around the world shut down the blood dolphin$ trade.  Belugas are chased by boats and netted, ripping them from their freedom and their families, the two most important things in their lives.

Georgian Aquarium claims the imports are “for public display to enhance the North American beluga breeding cooperative by increasing the population base of captive belugas to a self‐sustaining level and to promote conservation and education.”

But there is no reason to breed belugas in captivity except to put more on display.  And the education and conservation benefits of displays of these and other dolphins in public are nonexistent.

This is a rip-off of the public trust by aquariums seeking income from rare species to populate their small tanks.


The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for issuing the permits to import and hold any cetacean in aquariums in the United States.  Your voice is needed to help save these eighteen beleaguered belugas.Deadline for Comments is October 29th, 2012″.(Read the entire article here) You can submit you comments to NOAA here. The article written by Ric O’Barry includes NOAA-NMFS addresses,phone numbers, and all the reasons why dolphins do not belong in captivity.

A Captive Beluga

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