Ric Obarry – Mar. 1, 2018
Dolphin Project can confirm that on March 1, Taiji’s drive hunts ended for the 2017/18 season. Tarps and their framework that dolphins are dragged under to be killed or taken captive have come down. At the butcher’s house, rolled up tarps have been stored. Banger poles used to “drive” the dolphins into the cove have been removed. For six months, dolphins were subjected to ongoing harassment and abuse – chased, injured, run-over, manhandled, dragged alive, taken captive and slaughtered. Entire pods of dolphins were decimated and age-old bonds of trust were irrevocably broken.
Supplied were marine parks and aquariums with wild-caught dolphins, satiating people’s appetites for dolphin shows. Freshly-caught dolphin meat filled the cold sections of local grocery stores, despite the Japanese government’s acknowledged dangers of mercury contamination. And all the while, dolphin hunters worked alongside dolphin trainers, a bizarre alliance of opposites between one group whose objective was to kill and another whose mission was to procure.