Bloodshed in Taiji

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The eyes of the world are watching in horror as 250 bottlenose dolphins – who, several days ago, were herded into the now infamous “killing cove” near the small Japanese village of Taiji – are now being slaughtered one by one by Japanese fishermen. By the time it’s all over, the sea will be red with the blood of these animals.

CC Cove Sea Shepherd

This horrific massacre goes on for six months a year, during which time more than 20,000 dolphins and small whales – including babies and their mothers – are corralled into shallow waters, disorientated with underwater sounds, run over in boats, netted, starved for days and then killed by having their throats cut with knives or by having metal spears driven into their spinal cords in front of their terrified families. Dolphins are so devoted to one another that even those who escape from the killing area have been known to linger nearby to wait for their family, even if that means being killed themselves.

It is commonly assumed that the Japanese fishermen hunt these highly sentient beings do so to supply a small minority of Japanese people with dolphin meat. But in fact, the Japanese government issues permits to kill dolphins in order to prevent them from consuming the fish in Japan’s surrounding oceans, which it prefers to reserve for human consumption.

The 2009 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove opened people’s eyes to the annual massacre in Taiji in the same way that the recent BAFTA-nominated film Blackfish brought attention to the plight of orcas and other dolphins in captivity. Many dolphins from Taiji’s “prize catch” are removed before slaughter and sold for use in shows and swim-with-dolphins programmes.

Life in marine theme parks is appalling for these smart and sensitive animals, who in the wild would live in large and intricate social groups and swim together up to 100 miles a day. Female dolphins spend their entire lives with their mothers and sisters within the family pod. They communicate with each other through whistles and body language, and when dolphins are injured or dying, others will come to their aid, supporting them at the water’s surface so that they can breathe. At some marine parks, dolphins have nothing to do but swim in endless circles in tiny, barren pools. Their sonar bounces back at them off the walls of the tanks and often drives them crazy. Dolphins live about 45 to 50 years in the ocean, but more than half of captive dolphins die within their first two years of captivity.

Two Ways to Help Dolphins

  • When you’re on holiday, refuse to visit dolphinaria or marine parks. The dolphin display industry will pay hundreds of thousands of pounds for each captured dolphin, making the annual slaughter highly profitable for a handful of Taiji fishermen.
  • Send a polite message to the Japanese Embassy in the UK explaining how horrified you are by the bloody dolphin massacre: petauk.org/taiji.

Image: ©2004-2007 Sea Shepherd Conservation Society 

Comments

  • Danielle burgess commented on January 22, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I watched the cove 4 years ago and it disgusted me then and it still disgusts me now. I feel as though you are blind to your selfish and destructive ways. How can you turn a blind eye to such senseless massacre? Not only are you killing however, you are also using the meat of those dolphins that are not sold into a life of captivity in school programs for children. You are filling your children with mercury, your population is already decreasing rapidly, do you really want the few who are born to grow to be disformed? Show some humanity and accept that this is no longer acceptable. This is glorified whaling, and in the 21st century traditions like this must end.

  • Jean Gilliard commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    You DISGUST ME and MY FAMILY !! How barbaric can you be ??????

  • claire commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Absolutely horrific and disgusted by this. How can anybody do this to poor defenceless animals. This needs to end

  • Jane Shipton commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I watched the cove 4 years ago and it disgusted me then and it still disgusts me now. I feel as though you are blind to your selfish and destructive ways. How can you turn a blind eye to such senseless massacre? Not only are you killing however, you are also using the meat of those dolphins that are not sold into a life of captivity in school programs for children. You are filling your children with mercury, your population is already decreasing rapidly, do you really want the few who are born to grow to be disformed? Show some humanity and accept that this is no longer acceptable. This is glorified whaling!

  • Natalie Deakin commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Do you not realise how cruel and wrong your peoples actions are. This must be stopped. These are intelligent sentitive animals that don’t deserve this. Please please stop this. The world is a cruel, horrible sad place full of heartless people

  • Brian Lux commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Interesting how many countries of the Far East are callous towards animals. The only way to alter Japanese warped mentality is to boycott their goods and services(there are many other cars for example) and never visit the country. Yes- send the Embassy a message, but actions speak better than words.

  • keith jamieson commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    this must stop,it’s cruel and barbaric.is japan going to hunt these innocent creatures to the point of extinction.this has no place in the 21 century.it should be confined to history.

  • doreen stratton commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    this is senseless and barbaric THIS HAS GOT TO STOP NOW

  • natasha neave commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    This horrific massacre of dolphins and wales that lasts up to six months a year, during which time more than 20,000 dolphins and small whales are killed, is beyond belief. I can’t think about it too much as I find it too upsetting, please please show some humanity and see that this is beyond cruel and unnecessary. It is devastating to believe that this is actually taking place, these are such beautiful creatures and it a disgrace that man has come to act so barbarically.

    Please PLEASE PLEASE do what you can to end this.

  • anne richardson commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Absolutely abhorrent. How can this happen?

  • Kristina Jenkin commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    You are a disgusting excuse for human beings and this should stop.

  • jane green commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    this is barbaric ,you cant believe this day and age these kind of actions are still acceptable .come on people start and wake up and complain IT NEEDS STOPPING NOW

  • sheena greaves commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    stop the killing of these beautiful creatures now

  • mark commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    why, this is barbaric why why why why why why why why

  • mauren lord commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    just discusting in these time’s of knowledge we have re these beautifull dolphin’s an intellergent species we have no right to murder . this is barbaric and must stop.

  • Jim Owen commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    If the Japanese people think that doing this makes them equal in the eyes of the western world then they need to think again. We (civilised society) look down upon this barbaric treatment. Shame on the Japanese government for allowing it to continue.

  • Mary Broome commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    This is absolutely unacceptable. Such barbarity towards an intelligent life form or any living thing is disgraceful.

  • Jean Moore commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    These humans that do this are servants of the devil absolutely disgusted

  • Louise Wilson commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    No words can describe this inhumane, barbaric treatment of theses beautiful intelligent animals, what the hell is wrong with individuals that think this is ok? I pray for the day that the people that carry out this cruelty hAve the same done to them!

  • Joseph Finch commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    There is far too much blood being spilt Human on human and Far far far too much unnecessary killing by humans on animals,, including the Japanese murder of the Dolphins…/ I beg you to stop it.

  • Trudi Barwood commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I always cringe when the word ‘HUMANE’ is used. How can humans do this to such beautiful creatures. It’s murder plain and simple.

  • Jane Simmons commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This is absolutely appalling…. how can this senseless killing be allowed to continue. These creatures have feelings the same as we do…. how about we round up the families of these disgusting human beings and treat them in the same way before cutting their throats and letting them bleed to death… see how they like it. THIS MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY.

  • Kimberley peck commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    You should be ashamed of yourselves that you can do this and let this happen in your own country. U are a disgrace and a disgusting human being. This has to stop now

  • Stephen Phenix commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Beyond evil . Leave you with one word – why ?

  • sheila gilroy commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I cannot believe you are slaughtering these beautiful creatures… my heart is sore reading what you do to them, and how families wait to try and help, and see and hear what is done to their own and others, I cannot bear to look at those bloody waters… please please look into your hearts and souls and leave them be… let them be free … :'(

  • Kim Worthington commented on January 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I will not visit your country until you stop this practice. It is abhorrent.

  • Julie hunter commented on January 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    You repulse me

  • Debz Jones commented on January 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY APPALLING!!!!, BE VERY ASHAMED!!!!, WILL NEVER VISIT THERE AND NEITHER WILL FRIENDS OR FAMILY!!!!!.

  • cathryn brooks commented on January 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    This is disgusting behaviour. You cannot call yourselves human, that is an insult to the human race!

  • Tae turner commented on January 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    HORRIFIC! This is beyond cruelty. It has to stop.A sea of blood and suffering ..The rest of the world does not condone this travesty.Please stop.

  • Joanne Jones commented on January 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    This is barbaric! How disgusting that we as a human race can allow such a thing to carry on.

  • johanne gravino commented on January 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Thats the reason why i will never visit your country,not only japan, china all asiatic country they have no rspect for living creature ,they kill lions ,rhyno,monkeys, gorillas for so many stupid reasons. Shame on you .To kill those animals so intelligent how like the humains , i could you do that to them.

  • jim commented on January 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Fuckin murderer’s….this has to stop

  • Rob Jordan commented on January 23, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Please do the right thing. It doesn’t matter if you do it for the animals or for the tourist trade. Your reasons will always be your own, but please, do the right thing.

  • Michele Herbert commented on January 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    This is absolutely outrageous, disgusting behavior. How can you call yourselves civilized human beings. You should be herded up and given the same brutal treatment or worse!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tonia Wezerijn commented on January 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    This is disgusting and barbaric! How CAN you do this! You must be beasts … Even animals aren’t that cruel!

  • Donna Thomas commented on January 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    This practice is disgusting and must end NOW!!

  • Donna Thomas commented on January 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Dolphins love humans and this is just completely senseless. How could you? Who the hell do you think you are? Leave these beautiful creatures in peace you evil people!

  • Jude drewery commented on January 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    This is barbaric and must stop now!!! I will never visit Japan until this ends!

  • Sharon Sztronga commented on January 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    The world must continue to Put pressure on the Japanese and the Danes and fight their Greed and “Traditions” . If we keep up the objections and the Fight.. I pray that this will end sooner than later.

  • Ziggi commented on January 23, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Breaks my heart :(

  • traci donegan commented on January 23, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Very very evil humans something needs b done about this evilness and NO W!! Disgrace to humans

  • Mrs Sally White commented on January 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Disgusting, disgusting. These are mild words for the people doing this to Dolphins. What is wrong with them for them to carry out this dreadful deed and kill all these great mammals, mothers and babies included. Something has to be done to stop these people; jail them. To do this deserves Capital Punishment!

  • Bee Collins commented on January 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    These beautiful creatures feel everything we are capable of feeling! This is murder plain and simple! You must stop this barbaric slaughter! Not just to save there souls but if your lucky maybe to save your own!

  • Chrystine Vernon commented on January 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I am disgusted, I could happily herd the disgusting excuses for human being that are responsible for this and shoot them!!!!

  • andrew floyd sole trader of Curiosity Corner commented on January 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Very Saddening to see the cruelty inflicted , not only on these mammals, though many others, before long another species will become extinct, another notch out of the circle of life, before long the circle will be destroyed, and so, in turn , will be the human race…….. mother nature hath no mercy

  • isabelle martineau commented on January 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    sorry to throw oil on the fire but why are we more disgusted by these than say cows or pigs they are beautiful defense less animals too! discuss!

  • yvonne commented on January 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Disgusting!

  • Sarah Clarricoates commented on January 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    There are no words!!!! This is utterly disgusting and terrible.

  • Diana Chadfield commented on January 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Why is the slaughter of these beautiful creature’s still ongoing?? There is something mentally wrong with these people! This must stop now!

  • shirley commented on January 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I am appalled, whats the matter with them? are they completely devoid of human emotion?

  • susan austin commented on January 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    This breaks my heart how can man do this to this beautiful intelligent creature I have swam with them and looked into there eyes please stop this barbaric act now

    • cat commented on January 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      I see you have said you’ve swam with them…I hope you now realise supporting industries that captivate and “use” dolphins for any form of entertainment is terrible.. as oppose to that part of what you’ve read above going right over your head.. Not trying to sound shitty! Just felt I needed to point that out in case you hadn’t noticed that part..

  • Anita King commented on January 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    The murder of these beautiful innocent creature’s is unacceptable and must somehow be stopped

  • Claire commented on January 23, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I am disgusted and horrified by this. I will need visit your country.
    This upsets me and makes me feel sick. Evil, evil actions :(

    • Steve commented on January 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      You need to visit them? Lol. It’s cute that you think you can just rock up to a foreign country with a totally different mindset and single handedly bring them around to your way of thinking. Can you even speak Japanese?

  • Clare schild commented on January 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Please stop this insanity! This makes me ashamed to be part of the human race. It’s time to stop this nightmare and start opening your hearts to these defenceless, beautiful, intelligent creatures. Take responsility for your actions and make changes to make this world a better place to live in for us all. The greed and cruelty must stop now.

  • carol dillbeck commented on January 23, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    WHY? WHAT in the hell are you doing just think on this be sure your sins will find you out and when they do you will feel pain !!!Crazy people God crested these Dolphins and they do not deserve this stop the behavior now evil people and do right !!!!!!Right I said please PETA do the best you can to take these people down!!!!

  • MRS SANDRA LETSCHE commented on January 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    This has to stop.There is absolutely no excuse for such barbarism. People need to boycott exports from these areas.

  • Becky commented on January 23, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    That is awful how could anyone condone such violence towards any creature. please stop this barbaric act.

  • Michael Pickett commented on January 23, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    This is barbaric and cruel and must be stopped

  • Mel Lucas commented on January 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    What is wrong with these people?
    Disgusting, barbaric and unnecessary.

  • jayne kirk commented on January 23, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    We are supposed to be civilised. I despair of todays society. People like you make me ashamed to be a human being. Where are your morals and scruples, and where is your humanity ?. Why do people have to constantly destroy this beautiful planet and the wondrous creatures that live on it. Please leave these intelligent peaceful creatures alone. If you want to torture and kill do it to yourselves because you are not fit to habit this planet or be called humans. The world would be a much better place without the likes of you….and all this suffering in the name of PROFIT !! SHAME ON YOU.

  • Chloe commented on January 23, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    This is absolutely disgusting and sickening! It has to stop!!

  • Deborah Hinchliffe commented on January 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Sick, cruel bastards! This must STOP now!

  • Mr Merrick commented on January 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    The United Nations should step in now and stop each and every nation across this rock we live on and BAN them from trading and if found trading, should be hung and whipped before having ALL MONIES gained from from this illegal trading taken from them and put into the finding of these scum who trade in killing of whales, dolphins, and other animals they like to hunt. If caught a 2nd time, they should be hung until DEAD

  • Trish Flanagan commented on January 23, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    This is the most horrible horror to see .how can you all get away with this what have they done to deserve this . Get off of yer asses and stop it..I hope kama gets ye and make ye suffer this horrible death.. STOP THIS STOP THIS. YE ANIMALS …

  • Michelle Dobson commented on January 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Please put a STOP to this – it is ridiculous, unnecessary and resembles Hitler! It is time to STOP!

  • Belma ilkan commented on January 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Let the dolphins live. Stop the massacre !!!!!

  • Liz Steen commented on January 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    And no doubt the people resposible for this horror consider themselves civilized!!!

  • Hayley commented on January 24, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Please stop this now. We need to save and protect all that is natural and beautiful that is still left in this world. We are one world, one people , wr are brothers and sisters , what we do affects us all. Please realise this.

  • Shirley Gardner commented on January 24, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Disgusting people.

  • Liz Domville commented on January 24, 2014 at 9:13 am

    This sickens and saddens me very much,these beautiful creatures will be extinct soon.It has to stop.

  • Marian Madsen commented on January 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

    And you call that tradition?? This is murder and eradication of a species.

  • Rachel Simonds commented on January 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Lets get this stopped now !

  • Thi Bui commented on January 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Damn Japanese fishermen! What the hell are you doing? Stop killing these innocent dolphins right now!

  • gill turner commented on January 24, 2014 at 11:08 am

    horrific when is all this cruelty and killing going to stop.both china and japan need a lesson on animals feel pain as so do we.leave these beautiful creatures alone.so annoyed.

  • Mrs Pam Woods commented on January 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    This is so sickening. Have these Japanese fishermen no feelings at all? Please, please stop all this killing now, it is so unbelievably cruel.

  • Vanessa spencer commented on January 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    This has to stop its to distressing for words you are supposed to be a civilised people this is not acceptable in the modern civilised world

  • Lisa David commented on January 24, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Every year I see these horrific pictures of the devestation humans carry out on these defenceless mammals.. What is wrong with these people. This barbaric act needs to STOP.. :((((

  • Irene commented on January 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    The only way to stop this slaughter is to advertise all over the world what they are doing, and try and shame Japan, and China too as they both seem to think it is ok to murder beautiful creatures. Don’t buy anything Japanese or Chinese if they are hit in their pocket maybe then they will understand how disgusted civilised people are with their actions

  • Nicole Pilato commented on January 24, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I think our governments should impose sanctions on Japan for allowing these atrocities

  • Dolan Laurence commented on January 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    This must stop. If you cannot respect nature you will never respect life in general. Never expect to be respected back. Please show mercy for nature otherwise will really are nothing!

  • Jasbir Humpage commented on January 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Why are these beautiful, intelligent mammals being slaughtered by this horrible race. Is there not enough variety of normal meat!!!

  • Paula Hutchins commented on January 24, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Government needs to do something about this it’s disgusting absolutely livid

  • Amiee commented on January 25, 2014 at 5:50 am

    There has to be a solution. Please stop the bloodshed in Taiji

  • Cathy Pegley commented on January 25, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I would like to write to Mr Keiichi Hayashi the Japanese ambassador in the uk but am having problems finding his email address if anyone has it or knows how I can find it please let me know … So I will send a letter voicing my horror at this cruel and unbelievable slaughter.

  • christine saltmarsh commented on January 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    The whole world is watching you! This must stop.

  • susan browne commented on January 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    how can we massacre these beautiful highly intelligent creatures in such a barbaric way. we need to look at life through a terrified creatures eyes and see the wrong we are inflicting on these beautiful species. how sad this makes me to be a so called human being.

  • Danica commented on January 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I dont know how people can think this is okay!

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