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Join the Cove Guardians and Help Stop the Senseless Slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji, Japan!Taiji, Japan

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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 bays 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 a 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!

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Consider applying to be a Cove Guardian and joining our team in Taiji. Send an e-mail to coveguardian@seashepherd.org and request an application.

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For field reports directly from our Cove Guardians in Taiji, Japan, visit our
Cove Guardian Reports page.

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Commentary by Erwin Vermeulen
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TV Executive Sam Simon Arrives in Taiji, Japan TV Executive Sam Simon Arrives in Taiji, Japan
Award-winning Television Executive and devoted Sea Shepherd supporter Sam Simon has arrived overnight in Taiji, Japan to serve as an Honorary Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian for Operation Infinite Patience and witness the final week of the brutal 2013-2014 dolphin drive hunt season in Taiji’s Cove. ... Read More


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