Do you ever wonder where some of the dolphin's come from that are at marine parks, swim with dolphin programs, etc? Well, if so read on...
There is a small town in Japan called Taiji. This is where they have a place called "The Cove". Every year from September 1st to the end of February, thousands of dolphins and other small cetaceans are driven into this area called "the cove". The "fishermen" go out into the open ocean and drive these beautiful creatures into "the cove" using long metal poles that are placed in the water and they repeatedly bang on them making the dolphins/cetaceans disoriented, in order to drive them towards the cove. Once in the cove, the "fishermen" net the area off. This is where the dolphins/cetaceans are held for selection by marine parks, aquariums, etc, to spend the rest of their lives in captivity... the ones whom are not chosen are then brutally slaughtered for human consumption. The selection process can take days... these mammals suffer greatly during this time, watching members of their pod(s) being torn away from their families, mothers and babies, etc. During the slaughter, these mammals fight for their lives and have to watch their pod members being killed, knowing they are next. The water that was once blue, turns completely red with their blood, living dolphins still swimming desperately trying to get away. It is absolutely heartbreaking to watch.
It is time to end this suffering, cruelty and barbaric behaviour. I will be participating in a 5k walk to help support Ric O'Barry and his fight to save Japan Dolphins! Please support this amazing cause and help end this! Let's #savejapandolphins!