End The Hunts!
Dolphins in Danger
Japan has been importing Dolphins for years now. A select few make it through the hunting for dolphin bait and they send them to 14 other countries such as Russia, Egypt, Korea and other Asian locations. Marine parks pay large sums of money, about 50,000 dollars for dolphins. The ones that aren’t killed in the wild, and aren’t used as bait live very short lives due to stress brought upon them from the separation. This is all for our very own entertainment, which is selfish, wrong and unjust.
Captivation in The Cove
Terror in Taiji
Washed up in San Jose
A doctor on the coast of San Jose was observing the remains of a dead dolphin. Doctor Yaipen-Llanos’s survey shows that he found seven dolphins with evident proof of dissection and harvesting, meaning they had knife marks cutting through their meat and across the bone.
The same doctor found more dolphin bones on the coast of Santa Rosa, from April 2012 to January 2013. All of them had marks that seemed to be consistent with butchering. Yaipen also discovered several dolphin burial sites where fishermen have left behind the bones and unusable carcasses.
Despite all of the laws against dolphin and other small cetacean hunting, fishermen and other hunters continue to make dolphins get closer to endangerment and are used for food that only causes more stress through mercury poisoning and illness.
Trained for the Worse
Captive dolphins are forced into doing tricks for Aquariums. These dolphins do not have a choice, and get extremely stressed by this unfortunate culture. Pools are a horrible place to live for many different reasons, one of these being the size of the pools. There is never a truly spacious pool for a dolphin. Dolphins can swim for up to 50 miles a day in the wild, but are limited to a shallow, small pool. The shallow water allows dolphins to get extremely painful sunburns. Dolphins are very social creatures in the wild, which makes living in captivity very hard for them, and causes psychological stress. Trainers will withhold food from these poor dolphins, forcing them to ignore their natural instincts and do tricks for their trainers. They're even taught to beach themselves. Visitors and tourists love dolphins for their impressive tricks and constant "smiles." What most of them do not know is that the dolphins are not smiling at them, it is purely the shape of their face. In fact, coming to the glass is a plea for help. Captive dolphins are traumatized by their captors and watching their kin die in front of them. 53% of dolphins die within three months of confinement. They also suffer from diseases such as intestinal disease, stress related illnesses and chlorine poisoning. Trainers continue this horrible treatment, with seemingly no regret. This treatment will continue to progress, and dolphins will continue to die and be forced into doing unnatural things if no one does anything about it.
These beautiful creatures are being trained and forced to preform for our "entertainment" when they should be in the wild.
They have families and are one of the most smart and adorable animals alive.
It's Not Only Hunts
Dolphins aren't only being killed intentionally, but accidently in tuna nets when attaining their own food for survival.
How They're Being Killed
Hurting us too - Mercury poisoning
Campaigns and protests are common in Japan, especially in Taiji. In 2003, two activists got arrested for releasing captured dolphins from their fishing nets. They were detained for 23 days. Americans have become part of their protests, an American actress, Hayden Panettiere tried to interrupt a dolphin hunt. Her, along with five other surfers from Australia and the US paddled out on surfboards in an attempt to reach a captured dolphin pod. They lasted 10 minutes before being forced back to the beach. They were arrested and sent back to where they came from. Since multiple citizens tend to take footage of the final slaughter of the dolphins, these finales are now often held in tents or under plastic covers, out of sight of snooping eyes. This footage is show often and has become quite popular with news sites such as CNN.