On the first of September, the largest group of people against the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, assembled in Cavendish Square, London, to march on the Japanese Embassy. The purpose: To give voice to the thousands of dolphins that have been slaughtered and captured in the small killing cove.
This insidious hunting practice has long been touted as a traditional past time by the Japanese Government and their fishermen, but with soaring levels of mercury in the dolphin meat, there is no longer any justification for the Japanese consumption of dolphin products.
And so, the trade in captive dolphins is the sole reason the practice still exists and for every single dolphin that is ripped from its pod, 17 have to be killed. One of the key ways to help end this slaughter is not to buy a ticket to a dolphin or orca show. Stop the trade by boycotting these entertainment spectacles.
Ric O Barry, who has tirelessly led the campaign to end this practice, joined us on the march as we walked through London’s busiest tourist areas. Seeing all the mobile phones trained upon the peaceful and festive march means that the occasion will be streamed around the world. Thanks for the impassioned speech Ric. We will all continue until the hunting stops
So what can you do? Below is a link to a blog post which details a list of things that you can do to help.
The Taiji Dolphin Slaughter. What can you do to help stop it?