Even with the wild success of the 2009 documentary “The Cove,” which sparked increased public awareness and worldwide outrage, Japan’s dolphin hunts still continue unabated.

Every year on September 1, the country’s most infamous hunt ramps up in Taiji, where a cove literally turns red with dolphin blood as they’re slaughtered for human consumption while a handful of their family members are selected to spend the rest of their lives in captivity.

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Within the last month, we’ve already watched as over 250 dolphins were captured, with 52 held captive and 41 killed, contributing to a total of 1,187 captured dolphins since Sept. 1, 2013, of which 618 have been slaughtered, 422 released, and 146 taken for captivity through live-capture, as Ceta Base reports.

This year’s hunt will carry on until March 1, or until the quota is met, which means we’ll continue to watch the captured dolphin number inch higher and higher.

According to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, just last week a pod of 60 to 65 striped dolphins were massacred in Taiji’s cove, with two Risso’s Dolphins snatched for captivity.

These reports are always undeniably sad and almost paralyzing disheartening, and while a victory may appear far out of our hands, we’re here to tell you loud and clear that it’s not. The tides are indeed changing, with Taiji’s cove and marine mammal captivity being placed under international scrutiny like never before.

What we need to do, like with any other exploitative animal activity, is to keep it in public consciousness and to increase pressure on governmental bodies to act fast to stop it. One way to do so is to join Sea Shepherd for “World Love for Dolphins Day” happening on the international day of love: Valentine’s Day.

On Feb. 14, 2014, Sea Shepherd USA chapters will lead peaceful demonstrations at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and Japanese consulates across the U.S to stand in solidarity with Taiji’s victims and Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardian, who tirelessly document Taiji’s slaughter for its entirety every year. Demonstrations will began at 12:00 pm ET/PT and end at 1:00 pm ET/PT.

“Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to … tell the Japanese government that the world holds dolphins very near and dear to our hearts and we will not tolerate this brutal slaughter by a small group of men who are dishonoring Japan to sell dolphins to the captive industry. We hope that thousands of people will turn out to show their love for dolphins and ask Japan to end the needless killing,” said Susan Hartland, administrative director of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA.

If you are unable to join in on one of these demonstrations – don’t fret! — you can still lend your voice to Taiji’s victims by sending a dolphin-themed Valentine message – prepared by Sea Shepherd or handmade — to the Japanese Embassy.

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As Sea Shepherd states, “On a day meant to celebrate love, we will show Japan the love felt by the people of the world for dolphins.”

So, join in and shower these dolphins with some love! Below, you can find detailed descriptions of ways you can get involved with Sea Shepherd’s “World Love for Dolphins” campaign. We can help end the dolphin hunt – all the dolphins need are our voices.

1. Demonstrate at Japanese Embassy & Consulates

Sea Shepherd will be demonstrating outside the following Japanese Consulates and the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C. Join Sea Shepherd and Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians at these locations to remind the Japanese government that the Taiji dolphin drive hunts dishonor Japan. Japan can only begin to restore their honor by ending the horror in the Taiji Cove. Download & print a poster on our website here and join us.

Demonstrations begin at 12:00pm ET/PT and end at 1:00pm ET/PT at the following locations:

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Seattle
601 Union Street, Suite 500
Seattle WA 98101-4015

San Francisco
50 Fremont Street, Suite 2300
San Francisco CA 94105-2236

Los Angeles
350 South Grand Ave, Suite 1700
Los Angeles CA 90071-3459

Denver
1225 17th Street, Suite 3000
Denver CO 80202-5505

Houston
2 Houston Center Building
909 Fannin Street
Suite 3000
Houston TX 77010

New York City
299 Park Ave, 18th Floor
New York NY 10171-0025

Washington DC
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

2. Send a Valentine for a Dolphin directly to the Japanese Embassy

Remind the Japanese government that dolphins are loved and revered by millions. Download & print a Valentine for a dolphin here and send it directly to:

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae
C/O The Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

Sea Shepherd encourages international demonstrations: Sea Shepherd invites our global supporters and dolphin lovers to join in the demonstrations and bring their concern to the doorstep of the Japanese government in cities around the world on the same day. For a list of Japanese embassies and consulates worldwide, please visit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Image source: Sea Shepherd