Recently, more than two hundred bottlenose dolphins were captured and held in the infamous cove in Taiji, a fishing town in western Japan. That number is shocking. According to the reports from Dolphin Project, divers were choosing the future fate of the animals, selecting which were to be sold to marine parks and which right away killed for their meat. This is not an isolated case as the dolphin hunt is a tradition in the area.

Fortunately, the dolphins have found a powerful spokesperson to plead their case, Slash. Slash, best known as the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, commented on the situation calling the practice “deplorable” and urged people to recognize the terrible reality of the situation.

“It’s the kind of thing that just has to stop,” he said, “and I think that it’s possible to put an end to it. It’s just gonna take more and more people speaking up.” The artist recognized that in order to make a change there is a strong need for us to “stop the market” and rethink our choices when it comes to buying tickets to aquariums.

Click here to visit Dolphin Project’s website and find out what you can do to help the organization.