Leilani Munter to Join Global Protests Against Taiji Dolphin Slaughter
Green race car driver, Leilani Munter, is a defender of animals and the planet. She recently talked to Ecorazzi about her love of animals as well as how much energy she has on her vegan diet. She said of her nonhuman friends, “they don’t have a voice and we have to be the voice for them.”
A cause especially close to her heart seems to be opposing the cruel capture and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, now infamous from the spotlight shone upon it by the movie “The Cove.” Munter has traveled to Taiji three times herself, documenting and exposing the hunt. She gives an account of some of the difficult sights she witnessed at the now infamous cove and shares footage here in a 2010 article for the Huffington Post.
“On October 11, 2010 a pod of dolphins were driven into the cove. The following day, I saw these beautiful creatures swim into the cove and come out dead bodies. The fishermen are very careful to hide the evidence of their actions, hiding the bodies under tarps and keeping people from filming the slaughter. But on this day I got lucky and managed to get close up photos of the fishermen cutting up the dolphins inside the slaughterhouse,” she writes. “They left a door slightly open, and I stuck my camera under it. One of the fishermen eventually spotted me from the grocery store across the street and shut me down, but I got them cutting off the dolphins’ fins and chopping up the torsos. It was one of the hardest things I have ever seen and I will never be the same.”
This weekend, Munter, who has a race car that raises awareness of the killing of dolphins in the cove, is standing up for the dolphins from here in the U.S., at a protest in Tempe, Arizona, according to the Digital Journal. The demonstration is just one of over 100 protests around the world this weekend as part of Japan Dolphins Day 2013, organized by the groups Save Japan Dolphins and Save Misty the Dolphin. It marks the annual beginning of Taiji’s dolphin hunt season: September 1st.
If you are in or near Tempe, Arizona, more information on the event can be found on the Facebook event page. If you aren’t, don’t worry because there are plenty of cities around the world with a Japan Dolphins Day event going on. Find the one nearest you here.
The hunt season typically last from September through March each year. Groups including Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Save Japan Dolphins continue to send volunteers to the cove to expose the slaughter. Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians post updates every day, and you can follow the news on their Facebook or Twitter pages.