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The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into a shallow bay and mercilessly stab and drown them to death.
This annual slaughter of dolphins was virtually unknown until 2003 when Sea Shepherd globally released covertly-obtained film and photographs of the now infamous bloody “Cove” in a village called Taiji. Starting in 2010 and continuing to this day, Sea Shepherd has an ongoing presence of volunteers standing watch on site at the Cove. They are The Cove Guardians.
With your help, we will continue to pressure Japan to end this cruel and destructive slaughter of dolphins. Because we are passionate, dedicated, and committed it may take time, but determination will win the day eventually for the dolphins at Taiji. We invite you to explore this site and support our efforts!
Latest News From the Campaign
For field reports directly from our Cove Guardians in Taiji, Japan, visit our
Cove Guardian Reports page.
The Asahi Shimbun on Taiji with a Point-by-Point Rebuttal by Captain Paul Watson
Captain Paul Watson: This is an important article by Son Yummin in a Japanese newspaper – The Asahi Shimbun. It is good that the story is being reported in the Japanese media and that the town of Taiji acknowledges the ever-growing criticism of their town’s brutal indulgence in the slaughter of dolphins. AS: TAIJI ... Read More
Divers for the Oceans: Champion Freedivers Join Sea Shepherd to End Cetacean Slaughter in the Coves
Sea Shepherd proudly announces the launch of our Divers for the Oceans video. The world’s leading freedivers joined Sea Shepherd, displaying the Jolly Roger in the crystal-like waters of the Plemmirio Marine Reserve in Siracusa, Italy, to call for an end to the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji and the Faroe Islands. S ... Read More
Sea Shepherd Announces Winners of “From the Cove to Captivity” Video Contest
For our “From the Cove to Captivity” video contest, Sea Shepherd asked supporters around the world to help us expose the undeniable link between the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji and the captive marine mammal industry. Taiji is ground zero for the international trade of captive dolphins, and it is this trade that ... Read More
At the End of Taiji's Drive Hunt Season, a Time to Reflect
At last, we will be announcing the winners of our "Cove to Captivity" Video Contest tomorrow! But there is one video we'd like you to see first. A poignant tribute to the more than 800 dolphins killed and the 164 taken captive during the 2013-2014 Operation Infinite Patience campaign, this video is the perfect way to c ... Read More