WDC joins NGOs to lobby Japanese PM as drive hunt season opens today

Dolphin hunt at Taiji, Japan
Dolphin hunt at Taiji, Japan

Today marks the beginning of yet another slaughter season in Japan for hundreds of dolphins.  In Taiji, dolphins are herded into the notorious Cove, where some are hand-picked for a miserable lifetime in captivity, while the rest of their family pod is slaughtered - for a meat market that barely exists. 

In December, Japan will once again send its whaling vessels to Antarctica to slaughter several hundred minke whales in the name of “research”.  Their meat will be destined for the Japan market, although much will be put into cold storage as demand for whale meat is so low.

WDC, along with 22 colleague NGOS from around the world, has signed a letter initiated by Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project, calling on Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to end the slaughter of dolphins and whales. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP! Please support our work to end the drive hunts. Sign our petition to stop airlines transporting dolphins, captured during the Taiji hunts, to captive facilities in China, Japan and elsewhere.