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Shannen Doherty Joins Sea Shepherd in Taiji, Japan

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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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  • Karl Malloy

    In other news, a famous Bollywood actress who is a devout Hindu arrived in Topeka, Kansas, today, and demanded that all beef processing facilities be shut down.

    • With her on that !!

      • Karl Malloy

        If you think she exists, you missed the point.

  • 7milesup

    There is no benefit to killing these dolphins. The exact opposite is true. They are poisoning their own citizens with mercury laden meat. What a tragedy this is. The Japanese just don’t want to be told what to do because it is “tradition”.

    • Krista

      They want to capture “pretty” dolphins to sell to marine parks. That’s the money maker. The rest of the dolphins are killed as “pests”, for daring to eat fish.

    • Shun Ferguson

      No one ever got hurt both in Japan and Faroe Islands by eating whale or dolphin meat. You are totally fooled by the cult group.
      Life expectancy of Japanese is one of the longest on the earth.
      How about your country?
      Don’t tell it’s not good for health to the world longest life nation.
      Mind your own business.

    • Karl Malloy

      The Japanese don’t want to be told what to do because they don’t believe other countries have the right to tell them what to do. Americans don’t believe that Hindus have the right to tell them to stop eating beef or keeping livestock, many of which live under deplorable conditions. Koreans don’t believe other countries 1should tell them whether or not to eat dogs. Australians don’t believe that the Swiss should have a say in whether or not they choose to eat kangaroo. We actually all share the same values on this subject… where we massively differ is only in perspective.

  • Thuy Usahi

    Tradition which defiles our habitat is no longer to be tolerated. The Japanese claim that their practice of overhunting and destroying the world’s population of dolphins is merely a cultural practice that should be allowed to continue. We cannot afford, as inhabitants of this planet, to allow this behavior to continue. Traditions are honorable so long as they do not destroy life.

    • Karl Malloy

      “Overhunting” dolphins? I’m unaware of anyone (other than you) making the case that dolphin populations are threatened…. well, threatened by anything other than you and me, when we use electricity generated in ways that produce mercury, or use computers that require mercury that ends up in the oceans.

    • Shun Ferguson

      Can you prove that the dolphins are over hunted by Japanese?
      Also go to US navy to protest against their mass murder of dolphins and whales.
      See the link below to know how many whales and dolphins are killed by US navy.

  • This form of drive ‘hunting’, has been going on since late 60’s so not much of an excuse for ‘tradition’. The
    brutal selection and taking of dolphins to sell into captivity IS the
    reason that it continues, this captivity business is their main source
    of income for these so called fishermen – the murder and butchery for
    human consumption is the byproduct. As long as people continue to
    support marine parks and swim with dolphin programs around the world
    this slaughter and selection for captivity will continue. Watch THE
    COVE, and BLACKFISH the movie, share it with everyone you know – take
    the pledge never to put money into the pockets of those who use and
    abuse these animals in the name of ‘entertainment’ …. sign petitions and keep spreading the word about this and encourage all media sources to cover it.
    Keep up to date with the work of the Cove Guardians and Dolphin
    Project.org ! The slaughter may be 6 months of the year but the fight to
    free these dolphins from captivity & slaughter is year round.

  • Shun Ferguson

    Navy: Training, testing may kill whales, dolphins

    A large number of bottlenose dolphins have washed ashore dead on the Mid-Atlantic Coast since early July.

    HONOLULU (AP) — Navy training and testing could inadvertently kill hundreds of whales and dolphins and injure thousands over the next five years, mostly as a result of detonating explosives underwater, according to two environmental impact statements released by the military Friday.

    The Navy said that the studies focused on waters off the East Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California and Hawaii from 2014 through 2019, the main areas that the service branch tests equipment and trains sailors.

    The studies were done ahead of the Navy applying to the National Marine Fisheries Service for permits for its activities. The Navy said that it if hadn’t done so and was later found to have harmed marine mammals, it would be found in violation of federal environmental law and have to stop its training and testing.

    Most of the deaths would come from explosives, though some might come from testing sonar or animals being hit by ships.

    Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, the Navy’s energy and environmental readiness division director, told reporters this week the Navy uses simulators where possible but sailors must test and train in real-life conditions.

    “Without this realistic testing and training, our sailors can’t develop or maintain the critical skills they need or ensure the new technologies can be operated effectively,” Slates said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

    According to the reports, computer models show it may kill 186 whales and dolphins off the East Coast and 155 off Hawaii and Southern California.

    The Navy said it developed the estimates by totaling the hours it will test and practice with sonar, torpedoes, missiles, explosives and other equipment over five years. Experts then combine the data with what’s known about the marine mammals and then use computer modeling.

    Off the East Coast, there could be 11,267 serious injuries and 1.89 million minor injuries like temporary hearing loss. The reports said the testing and training might also cause marine mammals to change their behavior — such as swimming in a different direction — in 20 million instances.

    Off Hawaii and Southern California, the reports said that the naval activities may cause 2,039 serious injuries, 1.86 million temporary injuries and 7.7 million instances of behavioral change.

    But Michael Jasny, senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the Navy was underestimating the effect its activities on marine mammals.

    For example, he pointed to a study by government and private sector scientists published just last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society showing mid-frequency active sonar can disrupt blue whale feeding. The study says feeding disruptions and the movement of whales away from their prey could significantly affect the health of individual whales and the overall health of baleen whale populations.

    Jasny said the Navy’s ocean activities are “simply not sustainable.”

    “These smaller disruptions short of death are themselves accumulating into something like death for species and death for populations,” Jasny said.

    One of the statements covers Hawaii and Southern California, while the other covers the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

    • Shun Ferguson

      Go to US navy to protest against these mass murder which is much efficient.
      You can save millions of those lovely creatures of the sea.
      What Sea Shepherd is doing is just to keep the fugitive Watson as fugitive and suck up money from the suckers around the world.
      His minions are keep on arrested in Faroe Islands by stealing toilet papers and beers, smoking marijuana, forcible obstruction of business.
      Now shameless Shannen Doherty is a part of that criminal group.
      This is so sad…

  • SmallStepBigChange

    This “tradition” began in the 1970s – it is not a tradition, it is bad business. Additionally, not all Japanese consume dolphin meat, and their long life expectancy may be high, but mercury in fishes is now worse than ever. Additionally, the Japanese diet is very often vegetarian. In the states and abroad, we are often exposed to a limited side to Japanese cuisine.

    • AnakinG

      ? They’ve been hunting dolpihns since the ~1600 on the record. Why are you making history up to make your argument? That’s truly dishonest.

  • AnakinG

    Taiji hunts have been going on for centuries using same or very similar method – catching something like 1000-2000 dolphins a year. As gruesome as it may seen, this is part of the ecosystem in the region. Just like it is in Faroe island.

    We (mankind) have made this mistake before – emotionally driven / self-righteous decisions. But are we sure if they stop the hunt today all together, it’s not going to impact the ecosystem in the region?

    Before we all jump on the emotional bandwangon / poor dolphins, this and that. Let’s discuss the potential impact. We should spend some money here on scientific approach to all of this rather than dumping it all on ad campaigns.

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