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Check out selected media coverage that our Cove Guardians have received around the world.

May 21, 2015 - BBC - United Kingdom

Japan aquariums to stop buying Taiji dolphins

Japan's aquariums have voted to stop acquiring dolphins caught during the controversial annual hunt in the town of Taiji. It comes after the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Waza) suspended Japan's membership because of the "cruel" way the dolphins are caught. The Taiji hunt has been carried ... read more

May 21, 2015 - CNN - United States

Japan aquariums to stop taking dolphins from annual Taiji hunt

(CNN)Japanese aquariums have narrowly avoided being thrown out of the global industry body by agreeing to stop buying dolphins caught in the controversial Taiji hunt. Graphic images of slaughtered dolphins in red pools of blood attracted worldwide attention when Taiji was featured in the Academy Award-winning 2009 f ... read more

May 20, 2015 - New York Times - United States

Japan Aquariums Say They'll Stop Getting Taiji-Hunt Dolphins

TOKYO — Japan's aquariums have promised to stop acquiring dolphins captured in a bloody hunt that was depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" and caused global outrage. The move by the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums follows a decision last month by the Swiss-based umbrella  ... read more

April 30, 2015 - Fox Business - United States

Japan’s Dolphin Hunt Poses Threat to Olympics

The summer Olympics in Tokyo are five years away, with the games already drawing more sponsorship money than the 2008 Beijing Olympics. But just as China faced uncomfortable attention over its poor human rights record and severe pollution, Japan is also facing growing, global condemnation of its fishermen who conduct  ... read more

April 22, 2015 - The Guardian - United States

Japanese zoo association suspended by world body over Taiji dolphin hunts

The world’s leading zoo organisation has suspended its Japanese member over its involvement in the controversial dolphin hunts in Taiji. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Waza) has suspended the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Jaza) following a unanimous vote by its council. As& ... read more

February 16, 2015 - Look to the Stars - United States

Celebrities Attend Sea Shepherd's World Love For Dolphins Day

On the eve of Valentine’s Day 2015, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society held its second annual “World Love for Dolphins Day,” attended by thousands of people at peaceful demonstrations at Japanese embassies and consulates across the United States and overseas, raising their voices in a call fo ... read more

February 12, 2015 - KTLA - United States

World Love for Dolphins Day

(Please note: “The Cove” is not a Sea Shepherd documentary, as misstated by the reporter, but rather Sea Shepherd’s work is included in the documentary.) Actor, Ross McCall and Senior Cove Guardian Campaign Leader, Melissa Sehgal joined us live to talk about World Love for Dolphins Day. On Frida ... read more

February 10, 2015 - Ecorazzi - United States

Second Annual “World Love for Dolphins Day” Coming This Friday

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Sea Shepherd will be joined by speakers and supporters, both famous and non-famous, for the second annual “World Love for Dolphins Day.” The peaceful demonstrations are in protest against the inhumane capture and slaughtering of dolphins that take place in Tai ... read more

September 25, 2014 - CNN - United States

Dolphins killed as Taiji's controversial hunting season resumes in Japan

Tokyo (CNN) -- The slaughter of dolphins has begun again in a small Japanese village, in a controversial annual hunt that pits Western environmentalist values against what locals say are traditional hunting practices. Taiji, a coastal town of 3,500 people in the Japanese prefecture of Wakayama, has a dolphin hunt ... read more

March 1, 2014 - Huffington Post - United States

Superhero Sam Simon Protects the Animal Kingdom

One of my biggest thrills working day and night to make our planet a healthier home for children, wild animals, forests, waterways, soils, air and our oceans is meeting extraordinary humans. The award-winning television executive Sam Simon is a very special person. Sam Simon with his dear friends Gerty and Columb ... read more

February 21, 2014 - Sixty Minutes - Australia

The Killing Cove

You've seen the horrific pictures of the dolphin killing cove in Japan but now there’s a bigger prize being hunted. The local fishermen have successfully caught a rare albino dolphin and are shopping it round with an asking price of half a million dollars. It's the latest blow to animal cruelty campaign ... read more

February 17, 2014 - The Maritime Executive - United States

Sea Shepherd Leader Denied Entry Into Japan

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Cove Guardian Lead and Campaign Director, Scott West has been denied entry into Japan. West sees it as an effort to prevent the actions of the Taiji Fishermen’s Union as they slaughter dolphins and small whales, from being exposed.   Upon trying to enter Japan to j ... read more

February 11, 2014 - The Asahi Shimbun - United States

Japanese dolphin fishermen invite Kennedy to see hunt for herself

TAIJI, Wakayama Prefecture--A senior official connected with the seasonal dolphin hunt here is defending the tradition as painless to the small cetaceans and is inviting U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy to see for herself. The tweet by Kennedy last month criticizing the dolphin drive hunt in the town of Taiji ... read more

February 6, 2014 - Ecorazzi - United States

Sea Shepherd to Lead Valentine’s Day Demos Against Taiji Dolphin Hunt

On Valentine’s Day, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians will lead demonstrations against the brutal, and now infamous, slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. The demonstrations will be held at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and Japanese consulates across the United  ... read more

February 1, 2014 - Japan Times - Japan

Defend dolphins, not a ‘tradition’

In mid-January, somewhere between 250 and 500 dolphins were driven into the cove near Taiji, a small town in western Japan made famous in the award-winning film, “The Cove.” There, at least 100 of the dolphins were slaughtered for their meat. Others were packed up and sold to aquariums. The dolphins are he ... read more

January 30, 2014 - The Ecologist - United Kingdom

Taiji - Japan's dolphin slaughter continues

The Japanese dolphin slaughter at Taiji is an exercise in wilful sadism, writes Joshua Frank. But responsibility for the killing spreads much wider than Japan, with captive cetaceans from Taiji reaching aquaria around the globe - including SeaWorld. Perhaps dolphins symbolize real freedom - freedom from our petty ne ... read more

January 30, 2014 - Global Voices - United States

Japan's Taiji Fishermen Return to Infamous Cove for Annual Dolphin Hunt

Once again, fishermen from the small Japanese town of Taiji have made headlines over their annual dolphin hunt, during which hundreds of the creatures are captured in a local cove to be slaughtered or sold into captivity.    According to conservation society Sea Shepherd, about 250 bottlenose dolphins  ... read more

January 28, 2014 - Africa Green Media - South Africa

Japanese fishermen complete annual dolphin massacre in Taiji cove

“According to The History of Taiji, edited and published by Taiji town in 1979, the first recorded dolphin drive was in 1933, with subsequent hunts occurring in 1936 and 1944. It was not until 1969 that dolphin drives have been conducted on a large scale,” Sakae Hemmi of the Elsa Nature Conservancy of Japan ... read more

January 22, 2014 - CNN - United States

Japan officials defend dolphin hunting at Taiji Cove

Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- The slaughter of bottlenose dolphins in an infamous Japanese cove took place on Tuesday. About 500 dolphins were driven into the cove this year, a larger number than usual, according to the local Taiji fishermen's union. A fisherman who is a union board member, and who did not want to be ... read more

January 21, 2014 - Nature World News - United States

Taiji Cove Dolphin Hunt Ends with 41 Dead and 52 Taken Captive, Group Says

Of the more than 250 dolphins captured in a cove in Taiji, Japan across the last four days, 41 were killed and 52 were taken captive, according to a report by the Cove Guardians, an activist group affiliated with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Tuesday ended the annual dolphin cull in Taiji, which was made infa ... read more

January 21, 2014 - Global News - Canada

Slaughter of dolphins begins in Japan’s Taiji cove despite criticism

TORONTO – Fishermen in Japan's infamous Taiji cove began the slaughter of hundreds of bottlenose dolphins Tuesday morning amid public outcry from around the world over the annual hunt. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said the fishermen first selected 52 dolphins to keep alive for sale to ... read more

January 21, 2014 - BBC News - United Kingdom

Dolphin slaughter: Taiji cove hunt begins in Japan

The British and American ambassadors to Japan have joined a chorus of international criticism at fishermen there who hunt and slaughter dolphins. The annual killing takes place at a coastal town in the south of the country where the mammals are driven into a pen and then killed for their meat using metal poles. Envi ... read more

January 21, 2014 - - Australia

250 dolphins captured in Taiji, awaiting sale or slaughter

Earlier, Yoko Ono and Caroline Kennedy were just two of the many high-profile people who pleaded with the fishermen of Taiji to release the 250 dolphins they were planning to kill. Every year the fishermen of Taiji corral hundreds of dolphins into a secluded bay, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and marine par ... read more

January 21, 2014 - NBC News - United States

Japanese fishermen kill at least 30 dolphins in controversial Taiji cove hunt

TAIJI, Japan -- Japanese fishermen drove a large group of dolphins into the shallows on Tuesday and, hiding from reporters and TV cameras behind a tarpaulin, killed at least 30 as the annual dolphin hunt that sparked protest in the West entered its final stages. Both the U.S. and British ambassadors to Japan have stro ... read more

January 21, 2014 - The Raw Story - United States

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy asked to visit Taiji to see ‘humane’ dolphin hunt

The US ambassador to Japan should visit Taiji to see the “humane” killing methods used in the dolphin hunt, a local fisheries official said Tuesday, days after Caroline Kennedy tweeted her disapproval of the slaughter. His comments came as campaigners watching the hunt said the butchery was under way, addi ... read more

January 21, 2014 - The Sydney Morning Herald - Australia

Dolphins slaughtered in Taiji as protests grow

Blood flowed from beneath a shoreside tent as dolphins were killed at Taiji, Japan, on Tuesday. The waters made famous by the Oscar winning documentary The Cove ran red in the killings by local fishermen, who worked for four days on a herd of 250 bottlenose dolphins held in nets. Activist Melissa Sehgal, of ... read more

January 20, 2014 - Sydney Morning Herald - Australia

US ambassador intervenes in Taiji Cove dolphin hunt

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has sharply raised the focus on Japanese dolphin hunts, describing the corralling of the mammals for slaughter as inhumane.  Responding to local fishermen rounding up dolphins at Taiji, the town made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, Ms Kennedy tweeted: &qu ... read more

January 20, 2014 - The Guardian - United States

Japanese fishermen begin annual slaughter of hundreds of dolphins

Fishermen in Japan began slaughtering hundreds of bottlenose dolphinsearly on Tuesday morning, campaigners said, despite mounting international calls for the animals to be spared. Members of the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd who are monitoring the annual cull in Taiji, on Japan’s Pacific coast, sai ... read more

January 20, 2014 - The Guardian - United States

Japan defends annual dolphin hunt

Stung by rare criticism from the US ambassador, the Japanese government has defended a controversial annual dolphin hunt as international criticism of the practice gathered pace. A government spokesman said on Monday that dolphin fishing in western Japan, which has come under the spotlight in the wake of an Oscar ... read more

January 20, 2014 - The Telegraph - United Kingdom

US ambassador Caroline Kennedy 'deeply concerned' about Japanese dolphin hunt

In an unusual move, US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral dolphins in a secluded bay before killing many for meat. The annual dolphin hunt currently under way in Taiji in western Japan has long been a sourc ... read more

January 20, 2014 - Japan Daily Press - Japan

US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweets against Japan’s dolphin hunt in Taiji

With the start of the dolphin-hunt season in the town of Taiji in Japan, a lot of conservationists have expressed concern over the activity, calling it a “brutal practice”. US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has taken to micro-blogging site Twitter to express her opposition and deep ... read more

January 20, 2014 - The Business Insider - Australia

Japan Has Begun Its Disturbing Annual Dolphin Hunt In 'The Cove'

TOKYO (Reuters) – In an unusual move, U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral dolphins in a secluded bay before killing many for meat. The annual dolphin hunt currently underway in Taiji in western Japan ... read more

January 20, 2014 - NBC News - United States

Ambassador Caroline Kennedy 'concerned by inhumaneness' of Japan dolphin hunt

TOKYO -- Caroline Kennedy has expressed her deep concern at the "inhumaneness" of an annual dolphin hunt carried out by fisherman in Japan, where she serves as U.S. ambassador. Long a source of controversy,  fisherman from Taiji drive hundreds of dolphins into a secluded bay where they select some for s ... read more

January 20, 2014 - NY Daily News - United States

Caroline Kennedy tweets blasting Japanese dolphin hunt

A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt Monday, a day after U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that dolphin fishing in Japan is carried out appropriatel ... read more

January 20, 2014 - The Diplomat - United States

Caroline Kennedy is “Deeply Concerned” Over Japan’s Annual Dolphin Hunt

Caroline Kennedy, the recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Japan, took to social media to condemn an annual dolphin hunt that was the subject of a 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary titled The Cove. The ambassador, who is the last surviving child of former president John F. Kennedy, tweeted her dis ... read more

January 19, 2014 - USA Today - United States

Japanese dolphin hunt spurs social media outrage

The annual dolphin hunt at Taiji Cove in Japan continued Sunday, despite calls from conservationists for the practice to stop. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a Washington state-based non-profit marine wildlife conservation group, said on its Facebook page Sunday that more than 200 dolphins spent a second day t ... read more

January 19, 2014 - Japan Times - Japan

Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the “inhumaneness” of a Wakayama Prefecture village’s traditional dolphin hunt. “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (U.S. Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries,” she tweeted Friday. Kennedy, t ... read more

January 19, 2014 - Huffington Post - United States

Caroline Kennedy 'Deeply Concerned' By Japanese Dolphin Hunt

TOKYO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - In an unusual move, U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral dolphins in a secluded bay before killing many for meat. The annual dolphin hunt currently underway in Taiji in western Jap ... read more

January 17, 2014 - Hawaii Reporter - United States

250 Bottlenose Dolphins Captured, Prepared for Slaughter in Japan

TAIJI, Japan — Five separate pods of Bottlenose dolphins were driven into Taiji’s infamous killing cove yesterday and held overnight. This now massive pod of more than 250 dolphins includes babies and juveniles, including a rare albino calf who has been clinging as closely as possible to his or her mother i ... read more

October 9, 2013 - The Guardian - United States

Swim with dolphins, then eat them in a cafe? Give the poor creatures a break

It's the most barbarous bit of mixed messaging since the Icelandic whaler Kristjam Loftsson declared he was making his whaling operation "eco-friendly" by running his ships on – whale oil. The Japanese town of Taiji, site of the annual slaughter of thousands of cetaceans as featured in the Osca ... read more

October 7, 2013 - Ecorazzi - United States

Visitors to Swim with and Eat Dolphins at Taiji Marine Park

Taiji, Japan is planning a marine park where visitors will be able to see and swim with dolphins and small whales. In that same town, not far from where the park will be, large pods of cetaceans are driven to the shallow waters by boats and brutally killed. The annual hunt season, which usually spans from September th ... read more

September 12, 2013 - Huffington Post - United Kingdom

Sea Turns Red With Blood As Whales Are Butchered To Death In Japan

Shocking new undercover images have shown the distressing moment a pod of Pilot Whales were slaughtered in a cove in Japan. Trapped with no escape, the helpless creatures are pictured clinging close to one another as they spent their remaining few hours together before being dragged to shore and butchered. Undercov ... read more

July 8, 2013 - ABC - Australia

Why the aquarium trade is the real dolphin killer behind 'The Cove'

On Tuesday the International Court of Justice will hear arguments on 'scientific whaling' and the dispute between Australia and Japan. But what about that other killing scandal—the dolphin fishing in Taiji made notorious in the film The Cove? Goldman Sachs banker Alastair Lucas has travelled to Japan to b ... read more

April 19, 2013 - New Scientist - United States

New Japanese method for killing dolphins is inhumane

Fishermen in Japan have adopted a new way of killing dolphins in drive hunts – but the method is no more humane than the previous techniques, say vets and dolphin behaviour experts. Japanese dolphin culls received global attention in 2009, after the release of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove. It ... read more

April 7, 2013 - Tim Zimmerman - United States

Is The Taiji Dolphin Slaughter Cruel?

Not that there was much doubt, but a scientific paper categorizes and defines the level of extreme cruelty. The DotEarth blog digs in: In a new peer-reviewed study, scientists assess the killing method employed by the dolphin hunters of Taiji, Japan, by watching video recorded surreptitiously in 2011 by a G ... read more

January 5, 2012 - Los Angeles Times - United States

Sea Shepherd activist arrested filming cove dolphins

The battle to stop the dolphin slaughter made infamous by last year’s Oscar-winning documentary, “The Cove,” has taken another turn. On Dec. 16, Sea Shepherd volunteer Erwin Vermeulen, a member of the Cove Guardians project to monitor and document the capture of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, was arrested  ... read more

December 20, 2011 - Environment News Service - United States

Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardian Crew Raided by Japanese Police

Twenty officers of the Wakayama Prefecture Police Sunday raided the Charmant Hotel where Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardians have been staying near Taiji. Armed with a warrant, which they claimed was for video taken by Cove Guardian Erwin Vermeulen, the police seized all of the Sea Shepherd volunteers' computers, pho ... read more

November 21, 2011 - Suite 101 - Canada

Sea Shepherd's Rosie Kunneke Refuses to 'Look Away' from the Cove

Cove Guardian Leader Rosie Kunneke, talks about her role in the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), and what it takes to police Taiji's dolphin drive. Nov. 21, 2011. In the first of a three-part interview with Rosie Kunneke of Sea Shepherd, Suite101 caught up with the animal activist as she reports live fro ... read more

November 21, 2011 - Suite 101 - Canada

Rosie Kunneke of SSCS: 'If I was a Dolphin, I Would Choose Death'

Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian Rosie Kunneke reports on the dolphin drives live from Taiji's cove and explains the effects of captivity on wild dolphins. Nov. 21, 2011. In the second part of Suite101's interview with Lead Cove Guardian Rosie Kunneke of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Kunneke talks about th ... read more

September 13, 2011 - Gibraltar - United Kingdom

Japan. Operation Infinite Patience–the Cove Guardians have Arrived

Meet Rosie Kunneke - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s official Cove Guardians campaign leader of Operation Infinite Patience in Taiji, Japan. Rosie, a native of South Africa, arrived in Japan this past weekend to continue to document and expose the dolphin slaughter in this small Japanese town without pity for ... read more

September 13, 2011 - Ecorazzi - United States

Sea Shepherd: The Cove Guardians Have Arrived in Taiji

With the start of the dolphin hunt season in Taiji this month, we’ve recently told you about Ric O’Barry and Save Japan Dolphins’presence at the cove and unforunately, the first dolphin slaughter of the year. Now,Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has announced that their Operation Infin ... read more

September 2, 2011 - Monsters and Critics - United States

Whale Wars' Capt. Watson: 'Shameful Slaughter in Taiji Commences'

Captain Paul Watson of Whale Wars' fame sent Monsters and Critics an update on the fight for the dolphins and whales. Watson writes, "When we arrive, the killers take notice. This point was made very clear most recently with Operation Ferocious Isles as zero whales were killed during our time in the Faeroe Is ... read more

September 2, 2011 - The Japan Times - Japan

Typhoon delays Taiji dolphin hunt

WAKAYAMA – Fishermen in the traditional whaling town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, scrubbed Thursday’s kickoff of their annual hunt for dolphins, whales and other cetaceans due to an approaching typhoon off the Pacific coast. “We’d like to head out to sea soon, but you just can’t be ... read more

September 2, 2011 - Suite 101 - Canada

No Dolphins Killed Yet in Taiji as Hunting Season Kicks Off

No Dolphins Killed Yet in Taiji as Hunting Season Kicks Off As volunteers from Save Japan Dolphins monitor the dolphin drive in Japan, a typhoon delayed the opening Taiji dolphin hunt. Now the boats head out. Increasingly, Taiji, Japan is finding it tougher and tougher to conduct its annual dolphin drive, which offi ... read more

September 1, 2011 - Stuff - New Zealand

Dolphin hunt begins

A protest against the killing of dolphins in Japan will be held outside the Japanese consulate Auckland office today from noon to 3pm. It's led by Kerry O'Brien of Red Beach who went to Taiji in Japan earlier this year to join campaigners to try to stop the annual dolphin hunt. The hunt starts the same da ... read more

April 4, 2007 - The Daily Telegraph - Australia

Stop cruel dolphin slaughter

AUSTRALIANS are flocking to back a global campaign begging Japan to stop its brutal slaughter of dolphins and whales. At the forefront of the push is a video circulating the internet that graphically portrays the inhumane killing of dolphins by the Japanese for meat and research, accompanied by a petition which has alr ... read more

March 19, 2007 - Courier - Australia

Dolphin hunt to stay

JAPANESE fishermen have vowed to continue hunting dolphins despite outrage at the bloody slaughter of the marine mammals. They have blasted photographs and videos released by environmentalist groups – including the US-based Sea Shepherd – as sensationalist. The fisheries co-operative at Taiji in central Jap ... read more