Japanese Drive Hunts
WHAT ARE JAPANESE DRIVE HUNTS?
This devastatingly cruel practice involves the herding of dolphins at sea and using boats and noise to drive and corral them into the cove in Taiji, Japan. Here they are slaughtered for meat or kept alive for sale to marine parks and dolphin aquariums around the world. Thousands of small whales and dolphins are killed every year including bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, spotted dolphins, false killer whales and short-finned pilot whales.
WHEN DO THE HUNTS HAPPEN?
September signals the beginning of the dolphin drive hunting season in Taiji. The hunts begin on September 1st and will run through April or beyond.
THE COVE MOVIE
There is no doubt that the movie, The Cove, has done a great deal to raise awareness of these hunts, but what is even more important is what happens after The Cove, and the longer term work that needs to be done to change perceptions and attitudes within Japan. We are doing the best we can, and working with groups and individuals that are active on the ground in Japan.
HOW ARE MARINE PARKS AND AQUARIUMS INVOLVED?
During the 2010-2011 hunt season, over 1200 dolphins were killed in these drive hunts. And figures we have seen indicate that at least 150 dolphins were taken alive to be sold to marine parks and aquariums.
These poor dolphins are being shipped within Japan and all over the globe to be held in captivity for display and swim-with-the-dolphin programs.