Shannen Doherty Joins Sea Shepherd in Taiji, Japan
Actress Shannen Doherty has arrived in Taiji, Japan to join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s dolphin and small whale defense campaign, “Operation Infinite Patience.”
“We are thrilled to have Shannen Doherty join the Cove Guardians in Taiji. Her presence will bring worldwide attention to what is happening to these intelligent, socially complex marine mammals in the cove, and help apply even more pressure on Japan to end the killing,” said Sea Shepherd Senior Cove Guardian Leader, Melissa Sehgal. “On Valentine’s Day, Shannen joined Sea Shepherd for our ‘World Love for Dolphins Day’ demonstration in Los Angeles, along with thousands of people in cities around the world. Now she has kindly joined Sea Shepherd in Taiji, bringing her love for dolphins to the frontlines to protect them.”
Doherty is a strong supporter for Sea Shepherd, and she is hoping that by joining their operation in Japan, it will help to draw international attention to the atrocities of the annual dolphin hunt. “I am very grateful to finally have a chance to visit Taiji’s infamous cove. I hope my presence will bring more attention to the heinous atrocities that occur here for six months of every year. Because of their intelligence, playfulness and beauty, dolphins are among the most widely beloved animals on Earth,” said Doherty.
Recently, three pods of Risso’s dolphins were mercilessly slaughtered in the cove by members of the Taiji Fisherman’s Union. The killers butchered the mothers and fathers of young calves, and threw the orphans back into the sea to fend for themselves. Without the protection of their mothers, most of these juveniles will either starve not survive.
Doherty joins the Cove Guardians at the start of this brutal massacre, when the killers of these beautiful and highly intelligent creatures change the color of the cove’s water from blue to a blood stained red.
Thanks to the help of celebrities like Doherty, the spotlight is on Taiji. The world is watching, and most do not like what they see. “They don’t deserve such a horrible fate. It’s time to stop spilling blood in the cove,” said Doherty.
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