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.
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.
- 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.
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!
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
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8914 JAPAN
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:
– Ambassador of the United States to Japan
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
H.E. Mr. Jun Yamazaki – Deputy Representative of Japan to the UN
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
Wakayama Prefecture Office, Fishery Division:
International Whaling Commission (IWC)
The Red House,
135 Station Road,
Cambridgeshire CB24 9NP, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 233 971
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 232 87
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Convention on Migratory Species (CMP)
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: (+49 228) 815 2401
Fax: (+49 228) 815 2449
Taiji Whale Museum
Hotel Dolphin Resort/Dolphin Base:
Japan Fisheries Public Content Form:
Contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
WAZA: The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
IMATA: The International Marine Mammal Trainers’ Association