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Japan Dolphins Day 2014

June 26, 2014 by Laura Bridgeman

"Liberate, then Celebrate: A New Era in Dolphin Compassion"

This Sept. 1st in Taiji, Japan, the horrendous months-long, annual dolphin-hunting season will begin, as depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. But you can make a difference by taking a stand against this cruel practice on Japan Dolphins Day 2014.

Japan Dolphins Day (JDD) is an international day of action that takes place on the first day of the Taiji hunting season, uniting individuals, activists and organizations in order to to voice collective concern over the slaughter, as well as the global captivity industry that profits from the lives of these sentient beings.  

Ric O’Barry, Campaign Director for the Earth Island Institute’s Save Japan Dolphins and founder of Japan Dolphins Day events, states: “The last Taiji hunting season was a brutal one. Across the globe, members of the public reacted to international headlines when hundreds of bottlenose dolphins were herded into the Cove in Taiji.  One of those dolphins, Angel, became a symbol of the brutality of the hunts and helped to build and galvanize worldwide opposition to the inhumane captures. We plan to highlight the plight of Angel this year, along with our new slogan: Liberate, then Celebrate: A New Era for Dolphin Compassion.”

On behalf of Angel, the baby albino dolphin who was torn from her mother and family pod and is now being kept as a curiosity in the notorious Taiji Whale Museum, we would like to invite you to set up your own event on Japan Dolphins Day or join an existing event.

Check our map to see if there is an existing event near you. If you don't see one, please email to set one up. 

The aim of JDD is to end the hunts and eliminate the demand for captive dolphin entertainment such as dolphinariums and swim-with-dolphin programs.  In 2013 alone, there were nearly 117 events in cities around the world, with a total of over 16,200 participants.  Most events were held in front of Japan embassies and consulates, while others were held in front of dolphinariums or public spaces.

Cove Monitors from Japan and around the world stand together at The Cove for Japan Dolphins Day 2012

It is important to note that most Japanese people do not know the dolphin hunts occur, do not eat dolphin meat and, when shown video of the hunts, are appalled by the slaughter.  Many Japanese are thrilled with whale- and dolphin-watching trips, which are growing along the Japanese coast.  JDD urges the Japanese government to end the slaughter altogether, and works to educate Japanese citizens about the hunts, the toxic dangers associated with eating dolphin meat, as well as financial and job alternatives to dolphin hunting, such as dolphin watching. We want to work with the Japanese people, not against them, to put an end to the horrific abuse.

We anticipate record numbers of global events for JDD 2014. To date, JDD has seen increasing attendance numbers each year, as public awareness and concern grow. #JDD2014 will make significant contributions to the global movement opposing both the hunts in Taiji and dolphin captivity.

Find a #JDD2014 event near you, or email to create an event in your city. Enlist your friends to help. The dolphins depend on it.

Visit Save Japan Dolphins and Dolphin Project for more information about the hunts.


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