Join us on Japan Dolphins Day

Save the Date: September 1, 2017


We’re calling on individuals, activists and organizations across the world to participate with us on this International Day of Action. Join activists at a location near you on or around September 1st and make a difference for dolphins.

In less than three months, the brutal capture and slaughter of dolphins will take place in the infamous cove in Taiji, Japan, as documented by the Academy Award-winning film The Cove. Between the months of September and March, approximately 2000 dolphins of various species will be subject to harassment, injury, capture and slaughter, all in the name of greed and ignorance.

We are calling on YOU to help us end the horror – by letting the Japanese government know that these crimes against nature are unacceptable to the rest of the world. Together, we must speak out against these atrocities, while informing others about this tragedy.

For the past two years, fewer dolphins were killed in Taiji. We are making a difference but won’t stop until the slaughter in Taiji comes to a permanent end.” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project

CLICK HERE to organize or attend a Japan Dolphins Day event in your city


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Ric O’Barry and thousands of protesters descend on London during Japan Dolphins Day

Other Ways to Help


Dolphin Project will be on the ground in Taiji during the entire killing season, live streaming, blogging and disseminating information across all our social media channels for the world to see. Your support has never been more crucial and is greatly appreciated.

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Interested in joining us in Taiji? Learn about becoming a Dolphin Project Volunteer Cove Monitor and submit your application, free of charge.

Ric O'Barry Dolphin Project Cove Monitors at The Cove


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Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to the welfare and protection of dolphins worldwide. Founded by Richard (Ric) O’Barry on Earth Day, April 22, 1970, the mission of the Dolphin Project is to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, as dolphins are routinely captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit.

Every year from approximately September 1 to March 1, a notoriously cruel hunt of some of the most sentient and sensitive creatures on the planet takes place in Taiji, Japan, made famous by the 2009 Academy award-winning movie ‘The Cove’. During this period, fisherman, or more appropriately, dolphin hunters, “drive” the mammals to their capture or deaths via means of physical violence and acoustic torture.

Dolphin Project is the only organization to have been on the ground in Taiji since 2003. We have revolutionized live streaming and broadcast throughout the entire season.

Dolphin Project works not only to halt these slaughters but also to rehabilitate captive dolphins, investigate and advocate for economic alternatives to dolphin slaughter exploitation and to put a permanent end to dolphin captivity.  This work has been chronicled in films such as, ‘A Fall From Freedom,’ the Oscar-winning documentary ‘The Cove’ and in the Animal Planet mini-series, ‘Blood Dolphin$’.

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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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