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Sign the Petition to Help Save Japan’s Dolphins

More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year for their meat at the Cove in Taiji, Japan. Yet, the majority of the world is not aware of this happening. Be a part of the solution by signing and sharing this petition.




Every summer, hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pilot whales are deliberately and helplessly stranded before their spinal cords are severed with knives in a centuries old bloody 'ritual.’ However, once the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society heard about this heart wrenching, inhumanely horrific massacre, they headed straight to the Island to challenge their ways. To make matters even more horrendous, pregnant females also fall victim to the knives of the Faeroese with their fetus chopped out of them and dumped into bins carelessly. 

“What the Faeroese do is even more cruel than the slaughter of the dolphins in Taiji, Japan,” said Sea Shepherd Chief Executive Officer Steve Roest from the United Kingdom. “What Sea Shepherd began in Taiji led to the production of the Academy Award film The Cove. We need to put a similar spotlight on the Faeroes.”


Japanese government website hacked by Anonymous over dolphin hunts.

Japanese government’s websites, including the ones of the prime minister’s office, Taji, Wakayama Prefecture, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, have been cyber attacked by Anonymous, a group of “hacktivists” (hacker-activists) who primarily hack websites to bring about social change.

“STOP these slaughters IMMEDIATELY, or get ready to face the extent of our wrath,” was the online message sent by Anonymous to the Japanese government.

A + job anonymous.

More than 250 bottlenose dolphins have been corralled into Japan’s Taiji Cove this weekend, where young have been selected for a life of captivity and the adults are to be slaughtered for their meat.

So far, a total of 37 dolphins, including a rare albino calf, were taken for a lifetime of captivity. Two have died in the process. 

Caroline Kennedy, the recently installed U.S. ambassador to Japan, tweeted that she is “deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing.”

EMAIL the US Embassy in Japan:
CALL the US Japanese Embassy in DC: 202-238-6700
THANK CNN for covering the story:

In just 5 days, the Dolphin slaughter and captures will continue in Taiji Japan for a 6 month season.

If you are asking yourself “what is the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter?” then you must watch The Cove for free here. It is a must-see in order to educate yourself on the topic, or even just a refresher for people who already know about this.

If you want to do something about this, or learn more about the Taiji Killings, go to Save Japan Dolphins and Ric O'Barry’s Dolphin Project

A list of Japanese Embassies you can contact to express your disapproval can be found here. Find your local embassy and shoot them an email, and/or make a phone call.

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*Another Way to help- do not support the captive dolphin industry by not going to any kind of facility that houses captive dolphins, such as dolphinariums, marine parks, swim with the dolphin programs, and dolphin therapy programs*


BREAKING: an organizer from Marineland Animal Defense has arrived on site at Marineland in Niagara Falls Ontario and will live in this bathtub for the next 3 days. There is no difference between his confinement to the tub and an orca in a tiny tank inside this facility.

Solidarity from Marineland Animal Defense for all animals held captive.

If you are in the area, please drop by and show some support! We hear they would really appreciate a warm drink and a few high fives. The tub will be on site and occupied for the entire closing weekend.