UPDATED on 01/21/14
A pod of more than 250 dolphins, including babies, juveniles, and a rare albino calf have been driven into in Taiji, Japan’s infamous cove.
According to Sea Shepherd, most of the pod faces slaughter for human consumption, while some may be sold into captivity in marine parks.
On January 17, 2014, a total of 25 dolphins were kidnapped from the cove during an eight-hour captive selection period.
Over the next five days, a total of 93 dolphins were captured and on January 21, 2014, 41 dolphins that were captured were killed by having a metal rod rammed into their spinal cord. The remaining 130-140 starved and injured dolphins (deemed unsuitable for captivity or slaughter) were driven back out to sea in the same deafening manner as the drive in.
Many of these dolphins who were driven out are unlikely to survive and are expected to be found washed ashore in the coming days.
The rare albino calf was transported to the Taiji Whale Musuem.
Watch the videos below:
To learn more about the Taiji dolphin slaughter and the Cove Guardian’s, read this interview with Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Ethan Wolf.
To contact the Prime Minister of Japan, click here.
Contact information for those in Taiji:
Mr. Yoshiki Kimura – Governor of Wakayama
Mayor – Taiji town hall
Live stream source: Sea Shepherd