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WDC in Japan – Part 4: A journey to Taiji’s killing cove

WDC in Japan – Part 4: A journey to Taiji’s killing cove

Taiji's cove with boats rounding up dolphins to be slaughtered or sold to aquraiums

Every year in Taiji, Japan, 500 to 600 dolphins of various species are killed, or captured and sold to zoos and aquariums worldwide. I had to visit the home of the notorious ‘cove’ to understand why and how this is still happening, and what needs to be done to end it forever. But I wasn’t prepared for what I witnessed.

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WDC in Japan – Part 1: Finding allies in Tokyo

Tokyo

At the end of May, I embarked on an incredible journey to Japan on behalf of Whale and Dolphin Conservation. My mission was clear: Find allies and get an up-to-date impression of Japanese whaling and the dolphin hunt in Taiji. Over the coming weeks, I’ll share with you how I got on. My first stop…

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Loved and killed – whales and dolphins in Japan

Protests and criticism from outside Japan in response to the slaughter of whales and dolphins have not only failed to stop the killing, but also raised resistance within Japan to ending the slaughter. So at Whale and Dolphin Conservation we’re taking a different approach. WDC campaigner Katrin Matthes is on the ground in Japan working…

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Robotic dolphins – an alternative for the captive dolphin industry?

A deceptively realistic robotic dolphin, made headlines recently, causing people to ask whether robots like this could provide an alternative to the cruelty of keeping dolphins in tanks for human entertainment? It’s an interesting question so let’s explore… The realistic looking robot dolphin © Edge Innovations Your donation will help us end dolphin captivity by…

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Belugas take little steps to new life in sanctuary home

Our project with the SEA LIFE Trust to move two beluga whales, Little White and Little Grey,  from captivity in China to the world’s first whale sanctuary in Iceland has taken some significant  steps forward. We’re calling this phase ‘Little Steps’, because that’s what we and the whales are taking. The whales made good progress…

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Beluga Whale Sanctuary winter update

Whilst we are thrilled at the progress that beluga whales, Little White and Little Grey have made in adapting to a more natural environment in the ocean sanctuary in last few weeks, as the Icelandic winter storm season approaches the care team looking after Little White and Little Grey have decided to go ahead and…

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Success! France to ban whales and dolphins in marine parks

WDC’s continued campaigning to end the keeping of whales and dolphins in captive facilities for human entertainment has received a big boost with the announcement by the French environment minister that the country will bring an end to this cruel practice. Barbara Pompili, France’s minister of ecological transition, revealed this week that a gradual ban…

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