Sea ShepherdSEA SHEPHERD'S DOLPHIN DEFENSE CAMPAIGN IN TAIJI, JAPAN

What YOU Can Do To Help!

Thousands of dolphins and small whales are slaughtered in the waters of Taiji, Japan each year. Starting on September 1 and continuing through March of the following year, fishermen herd entire families of cetaceans into the shallow waters, where they are mercilessly stabbed to death or slowly drown in the blood of their families.

This annual slaughter of dolphins was virtually unknown until 2003 when Sea Shepherd released covertly obtained film and photographs revealing the blood-red waters of the now-infamous “cove” in a village called Taiji. Beginning in 2010, and continuing to this day, Sea Shepherd has had an international team of volunteers standing watch for the entire six-months of each season on site at the cove.

These dedicated volunteers are the Cove Guardians.

With your help, we will continue to apply worldwide pressure upon Japan to end this cruel and destructive ‘ecocide’ of wild dolphins. These highly intelligent, socially complex cetaceans suffering in the cove need your voice! Help Sea Shepherd bring the change that is needed to end the slaughter by ending the demand for captive dolphins that fuels it.

We can all make a difference. If you would like your voice to be heard, please contact the representatives listed below to tell them the massacre must stop!

Please help us end this slaughter. Your action is vital – apathy allows this barbaric “tradition” to continue.
 

Volunteer

Consider applying to be a Cove Guardian and joining our team on the ground in Taiji. This position requires dedication, time, and resources. You must pay for your travel, lodging, food, and all other personal expenses. To ensure that all needed volunteer positions are filled throughout the hunt season, a minimum time commitment of one week is required.

Application process:

  • Download our ground crew application.
  • You will submit your application by electronic mail.
  • You will be notified if you are selected and provided with more detailed information to help you in booking your travels to and stay in Japan.
     

Don’t buy a ticket!

A ticket purchased to a dolphin show buys blood in Taiji

The captive dolphin entertainment industry profits from dolphin suffering and death. The way to shut them down is to take the profit out of their operations. In order to stop Taiji’s hunting boats, we must sink the captive dolphin industry economically.

Do not support any aquariums, marine parks or other facilities that hold dolphins and/or whales captive. Terminate your season passes. Encourage your friends and family to stay away from these businesses. Do not include them in your holiday packages or cruises. Contact the parks and let them know how you feel about dolphins being kept in captivity. Educate others on the link between the captive dolphin industry and the Taiji dolphin slaughter. Do not participate in captive dolphin programs like “swimming with the dolphins.”

The Ceta-Base "Phinventory" is a listing of captive dolphins world wide.

Cetabase

Spread the Word

Follow news from the Cove Guardians on social media and SHARE with your friends and family. Ask them to help Sea Shepherd end this atrocity!

Cove Guardian Facebook
Sea Shepherd USA Facebook
Cove Guardian Twitter
Sea Shepherd USA Twitter
 

Contact the Authorities

Help us end the brutal Taiji dolphin slaughter by voicing your concerns to the authorities in Taiji as well as the Japanese Embassy, U.S. Embassy to Japan, U.S. and Japanese Ambassadors to the UN, and the U.S. Senate members of the Committee on Foreign Relations.

PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
1-6-1 Nagata-cho
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
+81-3-5253-2111

Website: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/index-e.html
Online comment form #1: https://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment_ssl.html
Online comment form #2: https://form.cao.go.jp/kokusai/en_opinion-0001.html

Japanese Embassies Worldwide:
Websites of Japanese Embassies, Consulates and Permanent Missions

List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan:
List of Embassies and Consulates-General in Japan

US Embassy in Japan:
Caroline Kennedy
– Ambassador of the United States to Japan
Telephone: 011-81-3-3224-5000
Fax: 011-81-3-3505-1862
Send E-mail to the U.S. Embassy in Japan
Please thank Caroline Kennedy for her defense of the dolphins

Japanese UN Representatives:
H.E. Mr Kazuyoshi Umemoto – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
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H.E. Mr. Jun Yamazaki – Deputy Representative of Japan to the UN
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United States UN Representative:
Samantha Power - US Ambassador to the UN
Samantha Power's Twitter
United States Mission to the United Nations Contact Form

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations:
US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Governor of Wakayama Prefecture
His Excellency Yoshinobu Nasaka

1-1 Komatsubara-dori
Wakayama City
640-8585
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Fax: +81-73-423-9500

Wakayama Prefecture Office, Fishery Division:
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Telephone: +81-73-441-3010
Fax: +81-73-432-4124

International Whaling Commission (IWC)
The Red House,
135 Station Road,
Impington,
Cambridge,
Cambridgeshire CB24 9NP, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 233 971
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 87
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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Convention on Migratory Species (CMP)
UNEP/CMS Secretariat
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: (+49 228) 815 2401
Fax: (+49 228) 815 2449
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Taiji Whale Museum
Yubinbango649-5171
Wakayama Prefecture
Higashimuro-gun Taiji
Taiji 2934-2
Tel: 0735-59-2400
Fax: 0735-59-3823

Hotel Dolphin Resort/Dolphin Base:
Telephone: +81-0735-59-3514
Fax: +81-0735-59-2810

Japan Fisheries Public Content Form:
Contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries

WAZA: The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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IMATA: The International Marine Mammal Trainers’ Association
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