BREAKING: Terror, Injuries During Day 3 of Captive Selection

Taiji, 1-22-17: It’s been 63 hours since a 250+ strong pod of bottlenose dolphins were driven into the cove. They have been terrorized, manhandled, starved and dehydrated – so orders could be filled for aquariums and marine parks throughout the world. As of 1-22-17, a total of 53 dolphins have been taken captive.

The hunters must have rejoiced at such a payday. For every face that registered terror, a dollar value would have been assigned to them. The ones considered “worthy” for show purposes – many of whom were very young – were ruthlessly forced into nets and dragged away from their mothers and other pod members. The ones considered “rejects” were tagged and separated from the main group in order that they not be inspected at a future time.

Extreme aggression by divers as dolphins are wrangled away from pod for "life" in captivity, Taiji, Japan.

Extreme aggression by divers as dolphins are wrangled away from pod for “life” in captivity, Taiji, Japan.
Credit: DolphinProject.com

Manhandled into submission, Taiji, Japan

Manhandled into submission, Taiji, Japan.
Credit: DolphinProject.com

Dolphin Project Cove Monitors live streamed on Facebook for seven hours as dolphins were brutalized into submission. Then, at around 2:20 p.m. local time, divers and trainers left for the day, once again, turning their backs on the pod. The dolphins were photographed listing on their sides, spy-hopping and swimming in tight circles around one another as their suffering dragged on.

Dolphin being taken away for "life" in captivity, Taiji, Japan

Dolphin being taken away for “life” in captivity, Taiji, Japan
Credit: DolphinProject.com

We estimate that 100 dolphins have been sorted and rejected and approximately 50 are still to be assessed whether they will be suitable as captive performers. At the time of this writing, both groups of dolphins are still being held captive. We wonder how many dolphins have already perished from such extreme abuse?

Their horror will persist tomorrow as the captive selection process continues. 

Related:
Breaking: Massive Pod of Bottlenose Dolphins Captured in Taiji
Breaking: Real-Time Brutality in Cove as Dolphins Held Another Night
Breaking: Taiji’s Vile Abuse of Dolphins – Day 4
Breaking: 99 Hours of Hell

HOW YOU CAN HELP

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL JAPANESE EMBASSY/CONSULATE AND LET THEM KNOW YOUR OUTRAGE AT TAIJI’S DEPLORABLE ABUSE OF DOLPHINS, TAKING PLACE NOW IN THE COVE:

PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN
Prime Minister Shinzo- Abe
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
1-6-1 Nagata-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
+81-3-5253-2111

Website: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/index-e.html
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
Telephone: 011-81-3-3224-5000
Fax: 011-81-3-3505-1862
Send E-mail to the U.S. Embassy in Japan

Attention all London’ers: Join our massive demo on January 28.
Light Up Taiji, London, 1-28-17

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About Cara Sands

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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

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