The Faces of Taiji
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so the saying goes. In this case, 884 = the number of dolphins Dolphin Project Cove Monitors recorded as being driven into The Cove during the 2015/2016 season. Many more are certain to have perished during the hunts themselves, but there is no possible record kept of these numbers.
From the captives taken from their pods and a wild world, to the dolphins slaughtered, hidden under tarps in the killing cove, we’ve assembled a small gallery of individuals. Victims of greed and power, these animals paid the ultimate price for our consumption of both their meat and their entertainment value.
While the drive season ended on February 29, hunters will now shift to offshore whaling, swapping banger poles for harpoons. Pilot whales are especially vulnerable as the permit to hunt this species is valid until the end of May.
Dolphin Project is already planning for our 2016/2017 campaign in Taiji, but our fight to defend those who don’t have the ability to protect themselves continues throughout the entire year. Want to get involved with our campaigns? Learn more by clicking on the links at the end of this blog.
Your help has never been more needed in supporting our critical work in Taiji
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the USA (Tax ID 47-1665067), and donations are tax-deductible.
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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