Thanks to the considerable efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and their team of “Cove Guardians,” the world is watching as more than 200 dolphins await their fate in the killing cove of Taiji, Japan.
This site, made famous by the 2009 Academy Award-winning film “The Cove,” is where fisherman earlier last week cornered the bottlenose dolphins – a horrific practice that’s a precursor to an eventual mass slaughter.
“They tighten up the nets to bring each sub-group together then the skiffs push them toward the tarps. Under the tarps in the shallows is where the trainers work with the killers to select the ‘prettiest’ dolphins which will sell and make the best pay day for the hunters,” the group said.
“But the process is brutal and stressful. Some of them die from injuries incurred during the manhandling or simply the stress.”
Remaining 200+ Bottlenose that remain in the cove will be held for a 4th night without food & slaughtered tomorrow. 1:23p #tweet4taiji
— Cove Guardians (@CoveGuardians) January 20, 2014
In a tweet last week, Caroline Kennedy (the recently-appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan) characterized Japan’s Taiji hunt “inhumane”.
Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries.
— ????????????????? (@CarolineKennedy) January 18, 2014
“Hopefully this would put additional pressure to convince the Japanese government that this really has no place in the 21st century,” Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson told the AFP.