by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals.

The infamous cove in Taiji, Japan has turned red for the second time this season, with local fishermen capturing a pod of dolphins and slaughtering all of the adults.

As with any pod, there were also baby dolphins in the group, swimming close by their mothers in the chaos of the hunt. It was hoped that the Japanese might spare the females, but unfortunately, they were not so lucky.

The babies were let, but the act of compassion, meant apparently to appease those keeping watch over the Cove (most notably Sea Shepherd) backfired.

“Scott West just called me to say that the six dolphins were all babies – young calves whose mothers were killed,” writes Paul Watson on his Facebook page. “The fishermen spared them to demonstrate that they were compassionate but it has backfired. The poor dolphins refuse to leave the Cove because they have no where to go. They are bonded to their mothers and their pod and as orphans they most like will not survive. The Taiji fishermen are trying to force them out of the Cove and back to sea. It is a heartbreaking spectacle. Traumatized from seeing the pod massacred around them and forced to swim in their mother’s blood, they now have no place to go, no protection and no future. The cruelty of this slaughter brings shame to the entire nation of Japan.”

West told the Associate Press he dolphins look confused, “perhaps looking for their parents, and it was unclear how well they will survive.”

Activists around the world are planning an International Day of Protest this Thursday at Japanese embassies around the world. To find out more about how you can help, jump here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • don miguelo

    “From the experience of injustice,
    from the horror that I have witnessed
    comes the knowledge that Freedom…must…be…won.”

    –Earth Crisis

  • Kimitake Hiraoka

    Er, hate to be the annoying realist again but what evidence is there to show that the fisherman’s behaviour was in any way affected by the presence of Sea Shepherd thugs? To date I am not aware of any individual who has modified their behaviour to “appease” those thugs (in fact, all the evidence points to a strengethening of the resolve of those targetted by their acts of violence).

    Although I must say, Watson’s description of the dolphins made me think of a certain victim of his lies and trechery:

    “Pete Bethune refuses to leave the organisation because he has no where to go. He was bonded to Sea Shepherd and most like will not survive as a conservationist. The Sea Shepherd thugs are trying to force him out of the scene and into the wilderness. It is a heartbreaking spectacle. Traumatised from being ordered to surrender himself to the Japanese authorities, spending time in jail and being convicted of a number of crimes and publicly betrayed and humiliated by Watson in his hour of need, he now has no place to go, no protection and no future. The cruelty of this betrayal brings shame to the entire organsation of Sea Shepherd”.

  • Elle

    Wow. How magnanimus of them; slaughter the mothers, the entire pod, then shove the babies into a world without family. Yes, they were just too kind. >_< Jesus, how could they think anything they did regarding those babies would be construed as compassionate? Oh, wait a sec, they massacre whole pods of dolphins for profit and never flinch as they do, so why should we assume they'd be able to entertain rational thoughts. Disgusting. And before anyone later comments that they're only doing their job and that we do the same to other baby animals like calves, chicks, and lambs, let me just say I'm not just against the dolphin slaughter: I'm against it all.

  • crumpets are yummy

    Yeah…the pro whalers on here will then come out and tell us how “humane” all of this is..

    This is a depraved, spiteful, sick and disgusting business.

    • David

      Nope wrong again.

      In my opinion they weren’t being humane, they were being practical. The young dolphins probably don’t have enough meat to justify the effort. Although the young probably have less mercury, so maybe they should kill the young and let the adults go.

  • don miguelo

    If you dare to disagree with Kimi and Davy (gasp!) on this issue, remember to go down to your local embassy Thursday the 14th and peacefully protest. (DO NOT VIOLENTLY CUT ANY NETS YOU ENCOUNTER OR YOU WILL BE JUDGED AND HUNG BY A JURY OF YOUR TROLLS.)

    Most major city embassies are listed here, just scroll down a bit:

    • Kimitake Hiraoka

      Yep, either that or go and get a job.

      • don miguelo

        Unemployed are of course welcome to come to this, or the working public can take a personal day (hopefully paid), like I am to do this.

        Thanks for the tasteful and non-judgemental reminder, Kimi!

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  • CheeseandRice

    Eat more Dolphin!

  • atthewall

    If they want anyone to come they need to change the date from 2010 to 2013?