Dolphin Project Returns to The Cove in 2016
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project
August 2016

Between the months of September and March, an “official” 1820 dolphins of various species will be subject to harassment, injury, capture and slaughter, all in the name of greed and ignorance. Many more dolphins will be killed as a result of the hunts, their numbers never recorded. Trainers, working alongside hunters, will select approximately 150 wild bottlenose dolphins, “presold” to marine parks in Japan and overseas.

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Fourteen years ago when Dolphin Project Founder/Director Ric O’Barry first stepped foot onto the shores of The Cove, he wasn’t expecting to see the water running red from the blood of freshly-killed dolphins. Then and there, he committed to exposing the heinous goings-on to the world, and hasn’t stopped since.

Although a 19-day incarceration last winter, resulting in Ric’s deportation from Japan will prevent him from going to Taiji, his team of Dolphin Project Cove Monitors will be present for the entire six months of the annual dolphin hunting season.

Between the months of September and March, an “official” 1820 dolphins of various species will be subject to harassment, injury, capture and slaughter, all in the name of greed and ignorance. Many more dolphins will be killed as a result of the hunts, their numbers never recorded. Trainers, working alongside hunters, will select approximately 150 wild bottlenose dolphins, “presold” to marine parks in Japan and overseas – a violent process where dolphins will fight for their lives against the deafening and disorienting roar of boat engines, shouting, nets and extreme manhandling.

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“Last year, during the first drive of the season, a Risso’s dolphin attempted escape from the hunters. He landed at my feet, dying. Dolphin Project Cove Monitors caught the tragedy on live stream. Moments like these underscore the extreme cruelty of the hunts. We need to keep showing up and sharing these images with the world. And we can’t do it without you. Please consider donating what you can. Together, we will end it.”

This insanity MUST end. And together, we WILL end it.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

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

Please DONATE here.


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