In September the Taiji Dolphin Drive will start again.
The fishermen drive dolphins in to a cove, using loud sounds which scare the dolphins. Some dolphins are sold and sentenced to a life in captivity. And many are killed in an inhumane way.
Here is a graph showing statistics from the Taiji Dolphin Drive last season. The information was found here http://www.ceta-base.com/drivefisheries.html The figures given before 2010 are official from the Fisheries Agency, the rest are based on witness accounts.
(Sorry, had to take a photo of my graph because I could work out how to insert it!)
The percentages are Released 22.9%, Aquarium 16.6% & Kill 60.5%
During this time (and according to the records) a total of 1486 dolphins were driven into the Taiji cove. Out of this number 899 were killed. Why?
My only answer for this is because they were not chosen by trainers for entertainment in sea parks. No dolphins should be in captivity but why can’t they just let the rest go free? Why kill them?
Dolphin meat should not be eaten due to the high mercury found in the meat. It is toxic and very dangerous. This cannot be the reason for killing innocent dolphins.
When I saw the movie The Cove I was very sad and felt bad for all the dolphins who suffered. We need to stop Taiji fishermen and stop the government from letting this happen.
Please tell everyone about The Cove.
Sign petitions and send letters http://savejapandolphins.org/take-action/sign-the-petition
And most importantly DON’T BUY A TICKET! Don’t support Sea World and other marine parks!