BREAKING: 99 Hours of Hell
TAIJI, 1-24-17: At 1:54 p.m., it was over. After five days of horror, 150+ dolphins were finally freed, driven out to sea by the very banger boats which first stole their freedom.
Ninety-nine hours ago, it began as fisherman spotted a pod of 250+ bottlenose dolphins. With captive dolphins worth up to $155K USD, a massive payday was soon in the making. Day after day, divers and trainers ravaged this beautiful pod, sorting and selecting the most beautiful and valuable mammals to be sold as entertainers to marine parks and aquariums throughout the world.
Dolphin Project Cove Monitors live streamed on Facebook for hour after hour, and in real-time, the world witnessed the full horror of the captive selection process. Dolphins were seen bloodied from injuries with vomit in their mouths, struggling against their captors, slamming their heads against the skiffs and huddling close together in panic. Many babies and juveniles were seen, their little fins surfacing as they were ripped from their mother’s sides.
At the end of each day, humans turned a blind eye and left both groups – the dolphins “rejected” for captivity, and the ones still to be “processed” – alone and trapped in the cove, with no access to food (or hydration). The injured became weaker, and on day four, we witnessed two dolphins succumb to the trauma of their ordeal, their dead bodies taken to the butcher’s house.
On the morning of day five, a lone dolphin was spotted swimming outside the nets, having escaped it’s confinement. And yet, the dolphin chose to remain with its pod and family, rather than swimming to freedom. In another heartbreaking visual, a dolphin lay on its side, floating dead against a net.
In the 99th hour, after each and every member of the pod had been abused by human hands, the boats returned to drive the remaining dolphins out to sea. In such a weakened state, with many suffering from extensive injuries, there is no telling how many more will perish.
One hundred dolphins were taken captive and at a minimum, four died in the cove, although many more may have sunk to the bottom, their numbers unrecorded. Our Cove Monitors will keep a close eye on the pens as the new recruits are put through the rigorous demands that captivity entails. Some won’t survive their training, some will die en-route to their new concrete and glass homes, while others will suffer ongoing humiliation, along with physical and psychological stress as they entertain paying audiences.
They deserve better. Much, much better.
Breaking: Massive Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins Captured in Taiji
Breaking: Real-Time Brutality in Cove as Dolphins Held Another Night
Breaking: Terror, Injuries During Day 3 of Captive Selection
Breaking: Taiji’s Vile Abuse of Dolphins – Day 4
HOW YOU CAN HELP
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL JAPANESE EMBASSY/CONSULATE AND LET THEM KNOW YOUR OUTRAGE AT TAIJI’S DEPLORABLE ABUSE OF DOLPHINS:
PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN
Prime Minister Shinzo- Abe
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
Online comment form #1: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
Online comment form #2: https://form.cao.go.jp/kokusai/en_opinion-0001.html
Japanese Embassies Worldwide:
Websites of Japanese Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Missions
List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan:
List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan
US Embassy in Japan:
Ambassador of the United States to Japan
Send E-mail to the U.S. Embassy in Japan
Attention all London’ers: Join our massive demo on January 28.
CLICK THE “TAKE ACTION NOW” BANNER FOR OTHER WAYS TO HELP
- Where is this Dolphin’s Teeth? - March 15, 2017
- BREAKING: Park Board Votes to End Cetacean Captivity at Vancouver Aquarium - March 10, 2017
- The Faces We’ll Never Forget - March 1, 2017
- BREAKING: SeaWorld’s Continued Decline in 4Q 2016 Results - February 28, 2017
- BREAKING: Pacific White-Sided Dolphins Captured in Taiji - February 19, 2017
- Hunters Joyous as Risso’s Fight to Stay Alive - February 13, 2017
- Activists to Korea: Stop Importing Taiji-Caught Dolphins - February 9, 2017
- Go Cruelty-Free This Spring Break - February 7, 2017
- Learning Equals Empowerment - January 26, 2017
- BREAKING: 99 Hours of Hell - January 24, 2017
It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.
A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.
It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.
Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!
"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands