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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!
Latest News From the Campaign
For field reports directly from our Cove Guardians in Taiji, Japan, visit our
Cove Guardian Reports page.
Links Between the Murderers in Taiji and the Faroe Islands
Commentary by Erwin Vermeulen
In January 2011, the German conservation group AtlanticBlue made undercover recordings of a pod of Striped dolphins being killed under the tarps in Taiji, Japan. The video showed for the first time the new killing method of ‘pithing’ or ‘spinal cord transection’. When ‘the Cove’ was filmed in 2007, dolphins ... Read More
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
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Taiji
Commentary by Scott West
Prior to February 16, 2014, I had made six visits to Japan. Each one had its own interesting development. The first time was as a sailor in the US Navy in early 1979. I spent three months there. The next time was with my then 16-year-old daughter, Elora, in September 2010. This is when Captain Watson had asked us to go ... Read More
Life on the Front Lines
Commentary by Cove Guardian Aaron Hall
It seems like the number one question that I get now that I've been to Japan is “How was it?” To be quite honest, Japan is great. The people are wonderful, the cuisine is delicious, and the history and architecture are enthralling. One thing I immediately noticed is that, generally, people are extremely helpful and ... Read More