Taiji Dolphin Slaughter
The Taiji Dolphin slaughter, or hunt, as the Japanese Government will have you believe occurs each year. These are the current season dates – 1 September 2017 – April 2018
- Don’t support SeaWorld, Marine Shows, dolphinariums or oceanariums
- Follow the people who are actually on the ground in Taiji
- Share the event on all your streams
- Sign any petitions that you can find
- Donate to the Ric oBarry dolphin Projects
- Buy a copy of The Cove
- Protest at your local embassy
- Buy a copy of IGAZI
THE QUOTA ALLOWED BY THE JAPANESE AUTHORITIES
Don’t support SeaWorld, Marine shows, dolphinariums or oceanariums
Almost all the dolphins and porpoises you see doing tricks in these cruel institutions come from Taiji, (directly or indirectly – some were bred in captivity from dolphins that Came from Taiji). By not supporting these shows, and not buying the merchandising they offer, you can help shut the businesses down, and thus stop the demand from Japan. Even though SeaWorld is starting to struggle on the stock market and being forced to change, more dolphinariums are still being opened all over the world. Your ticket shows support for the Taiji Dolphin slaughter
For every 1 dolphin that makes it into one of these shows, an average of 17 are slaughtered during the hunt drive.
Follow the people who are actually on the ground in Taiji
Type in “Taiji Dolphin Slaughter” into the search area of whatever Social Media app you use, and you will see a myriad of people and organisations who campaign against Taiji, and the slaughter of cetaceans around the planet.
My advice is to follow pages and people who actively monitor and protest at the hunt. They will be your primary source of news and first-hand information, especially if they are on the ground in Taiji.
Here are some.
Share the events on all your streams
Now that you follow the activists, join the team, and share, share, share.
So many people around the world don’t even know about the annual slaughter, just like many other wildlife atrocities being committed in the name of “Tradition”. By sharing the hunt, and posts about The Cove on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites, you will be part of the mechanism to continue educating people. This will help the swell of anger at the continued practice of slaughtering dolphins, thereby keeping the pressure on the authorities. Every march that we do through the streets of London, passes thousands of tourists, most of who take picture or video and share it on one of these sites. And so the message gets out there. It all #StartsWith1Thing
Sign any petitions that you can find
Petitions might seem like a bit of a drag to complete, but they do make a difference. It’s social pressure that seems to make our politicians and lawmakers react, and every voice carries weight.
Some of you might be worried about leaving your details on the web page, and while there are no 100% guarantees in life, most of the sites hosting these petitions are safe. If you are still not convinced that you won’t be spammed, create a separate Gmail, or Hotmail account for these types of things.
Donate to the Ric oBarry Dolphin Project
Pretty obvious here. Ric has been the spearhead in the campaign to stop the annual slaughter of cetaceans, not only in Japan but anywhere where people harm dolphins. Have a look at his website, watch The Cove and donate what you can. His team will keep going back to Taiji each until the practice has been stopped. They have made that pledge; you can help by supporting them.
Buy a copy of the “The Cove.”
Support the folks who produced this award winning documentary. Firstly, it is a great piece of work that any conservation minded person should have in their collection and secondly, continued support will allow them to keep risking their safety and freedom, to make us all aware of the issues out there.
Join Ric o’Barry and his team in Japan
If you are prepared to get to Japan, why not join Ric and his team in Taiji. They are the only team that has been there every year since 2003. Volunteer if you can.
Protest at your local embassy
If you have the time, go along and join a protest March near you. They happen about twice a year. Or, you can take a banner and go to your local Japanese Embassy at any time. This does not mean handcuffing yourself to the gate of the embassy. It’s about making them aware that their silence and inactivity is not acceptable in the modern age we live in.
Click here to find your local protest
Buy a copy of IGAZI
I am busy writing a conservation series focussing on a young eco-warrior and I decided to start off with Taiji as the topic moved me so much.
50% of all the revenues will be donated to the Ric O’Barry Dolphin Project. Click here to buy
You can also read a more in-depth article about why I wrote Igazi.
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