Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.

Dolphins are being herded with a terrifying “curtain of noise” so that they can be captured for meat and aquariums during the annual dolphin hunt in Japan.

Source: 60 Minutes Australia/Youtube

The annual Taiji dolphin hunt takes place in the village of Taiji, also known as “the Cove” every year from September to March. During this time, hunters herd dolphins close to the shore so that they can capture them in nets before slaughtering them for meat or capturing them to take them to live out the rest of their lives in captivity in small tanks at aquariums.

The Dolphin Project and Life Investigation Agency are documenting the hunt this year on their Facebook page and posting updates. On January 23, the California-based organization reported that 58 melon-headed whales were driven into the cove, including calves.

“Sadly, 21 were killed and 37 were chased back out to sea. Our heart breaks for these small cetaceans.”


Previously, the organization reported that hunters killed an entire pod of 12 Risso’s dolphins.

“Even though the Risso’s dolphin can dive to 1,000 feet and holds its breath for over 30 minutes, the Taiji hunters have developed techniques to confuse and panic dolphins, causing them to stay on the surface to breathe faster. This year the Risso’s have been a constant target of these hunters, making this the 11th time they slaughtered Risso’s this season. 108 Risso’s have been slaughtered so far this season.”

Despite years of calls for the hunt to be banned, the dolphin hunt continues to be authorized by Japan’s Fisheries Agency. This year, they set the annual quota for the 2022/2023 season at 1,849. Hunters say that the event helps supply the demand for meat and pays hunters a lot for capturing the dolphins for marine parks.

So many innocent creatures have lost their lives and been slaughtered since the hunts began in September 2022. Activists are dutifully keeping track of the number and species of cetaceans that are caught, killed, and released. You can stay informed by following the data and statistics through Ceta Base or Dolphin Project’s weekly updates

Please check out these 5 Ways You Can Help End the Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji, Japan!

Not your grey sweatshirt

Not Your By Tiny Rescue: Animal Collection

Related Content:

Easy Ways to Help the Planet:

  • Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based Recipe app on the App Store, to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
  • Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take initiative by standing up against fast fashion Pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that raise awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
  • Support Independent Media: Being publicly funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
  • Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
  • Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and important stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
  • Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, Donate if you can, grow your food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!