Cove Defenders Taiji
Organized by: Nicki Ara
In the small coastal town of Taiji, hundreds to thousands of dolphins and small whales are captured and killed each year during the annual dolphin drive hunt. For a staggering six months of every year - September 1st until March - a group of dolphin hunters herd wild dolphins from the ocean’s open waters into a hidden shallow bay, now infamously known around the world as the cove. The hunters capture entire families, or pods, of various species of dolphins at a time in order to satisfy the international demand for captive dolphins in the entertainment industry. Those taken captive are sent to aquariums and marine parks worldwide. The remaining dolphins are killed by a hunting technique known as “pithing,” which leaves the still conscious dolphins paralyzed and often drowning in the blood of their own family members. With your help, we will encourage Japan to end Taiji’s unnecessary hunt and capture of these incredibly intelligent, sentient beings. We are passionate, dedicated and committed to achieving permanent freedom for the dolphins and small whales of Taiji. This may take time; this may not happen overnight, but Cove Defenders will not stop until the slaughter ends.