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taiji dolphin drives News

Op-Ed: Protest for Europe’s dolphins attracts hundreds Special

Brussels - Saturday June 28 saw the second 'Close Dolphinaria in Europe' demonstration, which was held at the striking structure of the Atomium in the capital of Belgium, the heart of the EU.
Digital Journal Report by Sasha Abdolmajid

International team to tackle world zoo & aquarium organization

Gland - An international team of dolphin advocates opposed to the Taiji dolphin drives will gather at the headquarters of the World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA) this week, to discuss the exclusion of one of its members.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Filmmaker who documents Taiji dolphin drives detained in Osaka

Osaka - BBC filmmaker and personal friend Martyn Stewart has been detained at Kansai Airport in Osaka on his way to document the dolphin drives that take place in Taiji, Japan. Stewart, known for his powerful filming, is being accused of eco-terrorism.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 12 comments

Op-Ed: WAZA overlooks JAZA members in condemning dolphin drives

In response to international outrage over the dolphin drives in Taiji, Japan, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) issued a strong statement condemning the drive hunts. But they completely overlooked the main culprit — JAZA.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Ric O'Barry: Taiji dolphin drive hunts are not a tradition

Taiji - Ric O'Barry, star of The Cove movie, is refuting the Japanese Government's allegations that dolphin drive hunts are a part of Japanese tradition.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Japanese groups pressure WAZA to act against dolphin drives

Three Japanese conservation groups are placing pressure on the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) to take action and ask the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), to comply with the WAZA Code of Ethics.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Loving dolphins to death Special

Dolphins suffer in captivity. These highly intelligent and self-aware creatures cannot be humanely kept in captivity. Therefore, a change in thinking in dealing with them is urgently required.
Digital Journal Report by Sasha Abdolmajid - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Sochi to display captured orcas during Winter Olympic Games

Sochi - As the Russian city of Sochi gears up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, two killer whales recently captured from the wild in the Russian Far East will debut in Sochi for the Olympic Games along with a dolphin torchbearer.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Groups chide IMATA over statement on the Taiji dolphin drives Special

Chicago - The International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, could have been the perfect opportunity for the organization to condemn the Taiji dolphin drives. Instead say critics, IMATA appeared to endorse them.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Is NatGeo sponsoring company that purchases Taiji dolphins?

Doha - A new temporary lease dolphin show run by Ukrainian company NEMO or Nerum LLC, is opening in Qatar. According to the show, National Geographic is sponsoring their endeavors, despite NEMO's import of dolphins captured in the Taiji dolphin drives.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 8 comments

Annual quota set as dolphin drive season poised to begin in Taiji

Taiji - In just a few hours, the Japanese dolphin drive season will officially begin in Taiji. The annual quota allocated by the Fisheries Union has also been established. It's set at more than 2,000 dolphins.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 5 comments

City of Light to spotlight the plight of Japanese Dolphins Special

Buffalo - Buffalo, NY, will be highlighting the plight of Japanese dolphins on Sept. 1. The protest, timed to coincide with The Cove star Ric O'Barry and his trip to Taiji, will be hosted by two activists at Bidwell Park.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt

Eco-race car driver Leilani Münter to join AZ dolphin activists

Tempe - She might be small but this former photo double and stunt driver for Catherine Zeta-Jones is a feisty activist. Leilani Münter, an ARCA Racing Series driver will be joining event hosts in Tempe, Arizona, for Japan Dolphins Day.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Sydney Australia is going to the mall for Taiji dolphins Special

Sydney - Four hosts will be going to Sydney's busiest mall on August 31 to spread awareness for the upcoming Taiji dolphin drives. Set to commence on Sept. 1, the dolphin hunt season runs for six months.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Japanese dolphin advocate needs help to keep business afloat

A former Japanese dolphin hunter who won the respect of many when he turned his drive boat into an dolphin-watching vessel, needs urgent help to continue his mission.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Cetacean advocates look to make Europe a dolphinarium-free zone Special

Brussels - On June 28, in the European Union's de facto capital, cetacean advocates are planning a demonstration to request the complete ban of all dolphin shows in the EU. In attendance will be former dolphin trainer -- turned activist, Ric O'Barry.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 1 comment

Op-Ed: IMATA conference is opportunity to condemn Taiji dolphin drives

Las Vegas - This September, the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) will meet in Las Vegas for their annual conference. What won't be on their schedule -- but should be, is a discussion about one of the largest dolphin slaughters on the planet.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Standing tall, a fisherman's change of heart inspires many Special

Born into a family of dolphin hunters in Futo, Japan, Izumi Ishii was expected to follow in his father's footsteps. As the dutiful son, he did what was best for his family, but for him, the dolphins' cries were simply too loud.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 12 comments

Op-Ed: Wildlife and humanity — The massive failure to coexist

Elephants killed off in their thousands and polar bears requiring sustenance intervention hit the news this week. Species on the verge of extinction have one commonality, the need, greed and indifference of humanity.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 5 comments

Op-Ed: Dolphins driven into Cove heading to highest numbers in four yrs

Taiji - The number of dolphins driven into the Cove in Taiji, Japan topped 1,209 animals yesterday. Taiji town is on track to surpass figures from the previous three seasons.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: CEO of Ocean Adventure derides activists' claims

Subic - Yesterday, Tim Desmond, the American CEO of Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium and overseer of Ocean Adventure in the Philippines, hauled a number of notable activists onto the carpet. Yet he failed to mention his own sordid history with cetaceans.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 6 comments

Number of dolphins driven into Taiji Cove tops 1000

Taiji - For the first time this season, the number of dolphins driven into the Cove topped 1,000 animals. Meanwhile, a coastal whale was incidentally trapped in nets and butchered.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Younger generations of Japanese are speaking out against whaling Special

Tokyo - Recently, a newly formed Japanese grassroots group marched in protest against its country's whaling policies. It was the first open resistance from within Japan itself. Digital Journal spoke with Action for Marine Mammals' (AMM) leader, Satoshi Komiyama.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 8 comments

Bloodshed continues as more dolphin pods are killed in the Cove

Taiji - There have been several days of bloodshed in Taiji's infamous Cove as Risso's, striped and Pacific white-sided dolphins were driven in and slaughtered. Warning: Graphic images.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 7 comments

Op-Ed: Contrasts in cetacean thinking, how wide is that valley?

Taiji - As one group goes above and beyond to save a single juvenile striped dolphin in Spain, more than 6,000 miles away in Taiji, Japan, many striped dolphins, some mothers with calves, have been brutally slaughtered in the drive hunts this season.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

Activist group issues open letter to IMATA and marine trainers

Social media activist group 'Save Misty the Dolphin' (SMTD), is urging the International Marine Animal Trainers Association (IMATA) and its members, to take a stand against the Taiji dolphin drives.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt

Op-Ed: Updated: Bottlenose dolphins still being held in Taiji Cove

Taiji - It's been several days since a huge pod of bottlenose dolphins was driven into Taiji's Cove in Japan. Having been raided of their young in one of the worst processes ever witnessed, the remaining dolphins have been days without food.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Call to action issued for 200-300 bottlenose held in Taiji Cove

Taiji - One day after driving in and slaughtering 55-65 striped dolphins, fishermen in Taiji, Japan, drove between 200-300 bottlenose dolphins into the cove. Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians are asking for your help to save them.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Brutal drive at Taiji Cove sees striped dolphins dragged to beach

Taiji - An horrific scene played out in Taiji, Japan last night as 55-65 striped dolphins were driven into the Cove and slaughtered. Stressed dolphins threw themselves onto rocks and had to be physically dragged to their slaughter. Warning: Graphic images.
In the Media by Elizabeth Batt - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Japanese activists make a stand for Taiji

Today Tokyo environmentalists and animal rights groups came together in solidarity to protest the Japanese whale and dolphin hunts.
In the Media by Richard Smith
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Dolphins rammed and driven over with boat propellers bore massive wounds (white areas).
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Dolphins rammed and driven over with boat propellers bore massive wounds (white areas).
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A pod of pilot whales driven into the Cove on September 14th in Taiji  Japan. After being held for s...
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A pod of pilot whales driven into the Cove on September 14th in Taiji, Japan. After being held for several days without food, many were slaughtered. Image courtesy of Martyn Stewart.
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Blood stains the sea at the Cove of Taiji in Japan  after a dolphin slaughter.
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Blood stains the sea at the Cove of Taiji in Japan, after a dolphin slaughter.
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In an attempt to keep the dead Risso s dolphin from being seen  a grinning fisherman rides atop the ...
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In an attempt to keep the dead Risso's dolphin from being seen, a grinning fisherman rides atop the tarp-draped mammal to the butcher house.
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On the second day of collection despite being weakened by hunger  Cove Guardian Nicole McLachlan des...
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On the second day of collection despite being weakened by hunger, Cove Guardian Nicole McLachlan described the dolphins as even more panicked than the day before.
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The entire scene plays out again on day two of the selection process.
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The entire scene plays out again on day two of the selection process.
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The corpse of a dolphin is removed from a pen in Taiji. He has not survived the stressful capture.
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project
The corpse of a dolphin is removed from a pen in Taiji. He has not survived the stressful capture.
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Over 100 bottlenose dolphins await their fate in Taiji Cove
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Over 100 bottlenose dolphins await their fate in Taiji Cove
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Every year  Ric O Barry travels to Taiji s infamous Cove for the opening day of the annual dolphin d...
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Every year, Ric O'Barry travels to Taiji's infamous Cove for the opening day of the annual dolphin drive hunts.
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Japan Dolphins Day 2012. Buffalo  NY. L-R: Sam LaDuca (assistant)  Adrienne Rothenberg (co-host)  Ch...
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Japan Dolphins Day 2012. Buffalo, NY. L-R: Sam LaDuca (assistant), Adrienne Rothenberg (co-host), Christine Hutten, (host) and Steven Olday (assistant).
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This still image taken from a video captured by Japan s Elsa Nature Conservancy  created a wave of p...
Elsa Nature Conservancy
This still image taken from a video captured by Japan's Elsa Nature Conservancy, created a wave of protest when it was released in 1999. It shows a bottlenose dolphin convulsing in its own blood after having its throat cut.
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This mother and baby were two of 25-30 striped dolphins slaughtered in Taiji s cove in mid December.
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This mother and baby were two of 25-30 striped dolphins slaughtered in Taiji's cove in mid December.
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Standing tall. Cove Guardians support one another as they watch the brutal slaughter of striped dolp...
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Standing tall. Cove Guardians support one another as they watch the brutal slaughter of striped dolphins.
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Satoshi Komiyama is comforted by Ric O Barry. The activist broke down after swimming out to the nets...
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Satoshi Komiyama is comforted by Ric O'Barry. The activist broke down after swimming out to the nets where bottlenose dolphins were being held. Their cries of panic and fear overwhelmed him.
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A pilot whale desperately attempts to escape being hauled under the tarps to its death.
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A pilot whale desperately attempts to escape being hauled under the tarps to its death.
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