Stop the Senseless Slaughter of Dolphins in Japan!
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Stop the Senseless Slaughter of Dolphins in Japan!

The annual slaughter of dolphins off the coast of Japan is underway. Between November and March, thousands of dolphins and porpoises will be killed.  Here is what you can do to help:

1. Bear Witness.
We're kindly requesting you to view the film clips below:

Report from Sky News
Running time is 1 minute, 22 seconds.
Double click on video button in center of video window to begin.

Report from Access Hollywood
Hayden Panettiere a hero to dolphins for speaking out against this atrocity!
Running time: 3 minutes

Documentary on Dolphin Slaughter
Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix
Running time: 3 minutes

E-mail, fax, or mail a letter to the Prime Minister of Japan, the Mayor of Taiji, and the Minister of Health to let them know that the barbaric slaughter and feeding of mercury-contaminated dolphin meat to school children is unacceptable. Respectfully request that they STOP killing dolphins and feeding them to the children of Japan.

Frequently Asked Question: Why would the Japanese government care what Americans or others feel about this issue? What is the point of writing to them?

Answer: They need to be inundated with global outrage and shame by more than just the token population of the "Animal Rights Activists." If you're appalled and disgusted with the brutality committed upon these innocent creatures, it is imperative that your voice be heard.  You need not be a "Animal Rights" person, just a person with enough compassion to take a moment (or many more) against it.  Quite simply, it crosses the line of human decency. Slaughtering dolphins is an unnecessary, and frequently toxic food source which is commonly fed to school children.  See PDF below, or visit for more details. 

For your convenience, Sea Shepherd has drafted a sample letter to help get you started, Click Here.

Contacts: (Provided by Sea Shepherd)

Makoto Tanaka
Assistant Director
Inspection and Safety division
Food Safety Department
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki
Chiyo-ku, Tokyo 100-8916

Phone: 81-3-5253-1111 ( Ext. 2477)
Local: 03-5253-1111 Ext, 2477
Fax: 81-3-3503-7964
e-mail: [email protected]

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-8968 JAPAN

Mayor Kazutaka Sangen
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: +81-735-59-2801

Yoichi Masuzoe
Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8916 JAPAN
Email: [email protected]

Mr. T. Imanishi
Food Standards Division
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
1-2-2 Kasumigaseki
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8916
Phone: 81-3-5253-1111 ( Ext. 2489)
Local: 03-5253-1111 Ext, 2489
[email protected]

Or Click Here to submit a comment to the Japanese government.

In order to spread the news about what is happening in Japan, we need to get media coverage.

  • Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers.
  • Call TV and radio stations to ask them to cover this important news.
  • Refer your local broadcast and cable TV stations to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society at


      Click Here to send a letter to the editor of the Japan Times.
      Also include a link to the website Help Animals - Japan (information in Japanese language).

6. DON'T GIVE UP HOPE - Together we can end this atrocity.
Your efforts and your voice DO COUNT! Whether it is forwarding this link to everyone on your email list or responding accordingly to the outline above, you are proactively helping these benign and innocent beings that deserve better:

Doing absolutely nothing only helps those that profit from slaughtering dolphins, which is people like this (as seen in the Sky News video at the the top of this page)...

And perpetuates this...

Please become part of the momentum to end this disgrace.

We sincerely thank you in advance for all that you will do to spread the message needed to help end this cruelty. 

Recommended organizations and links for additional information:

Sea Shepherd

Save Japan Dolphins
Updates from Taiji 

Heal Our Planet Earth

Help Animals - Japan (Japanese language)

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