Saturday, February 24, 2018

Dolphin Outlook, No demand = No captures, Canada Closer to Banning Captivity, Pod of Pacific White Sided Dolphins pursued over last 5 days in Taiji, Japan, pod of 36 Risso’s dolphins was destroyed on Tuesday in Taiji, Japan, Hector's dolphin habitat, Adopt a Dolphin & your Weekly update from #TheCove!

When the hell is this season ending already? 

This month cannot end quick enough. 

I keep saying that we have one more week but we do officially have less than one week left in the hunting and capturing season in Taiji, Japan. 

There is nothing more ominous to me than seeing that black puff of smoke coming off those boats. When they do whatever to get to that point, they are in formation trying to lure dolphins into the cove off the shore of Taiji, Japan. 

Speaking of which, Over the past 5 days, a pod of Pacific white sided dolphins has been relentlessly pursued. 3 out of the past 5 days, Cove Monitors have witnessed the dolphins being driven in, escape, be driven in, again and again. The pod has successfully eluded the hunters on all but one occasion when 4 dolphins were caught in a brutal offshore capture process. 3 dolphins have been found, alive, in nearby fishing nets and taken captive. 

The drives have been exceptionally long with the boats going very far out to locate these dolphins. In the battle today between hunter and hunted, the pod managed to escape yet again. 

The pod split into smaller groups, banger boats in pursuit but eventually giving up and returning to the harbor along with skiffs full of divers. 

Earlier, the Pacific white sided dolphins in the sea pens were hoisted up with a crane and placed into a concrete tank at Dolphin Resort. As we left the harbor today, there was yet another sea pen being constructed. The profit made by the capturing and selling of dolphins fuels these hunts. 


Please spread awareness about the link between dolphin shows/swim with programs and the drive hunts that occur 6 months out of each year. Together, we can reduce the demand for captive dolphins and greatly reduce the profits made from these hunts. 
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While part of our Cove Monitor team remains at Tomyozaki point, watching for the banger boats, others were able to document, at least, four dolphins being transferred from the sea pens in Moriura bay to a concrete tank at dolphin resort. They look to be the Pacific white sided dolphins recently captured.
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Migrating dolphins were safe today, however, two more dolphins were found and taken out from the fishing nets. These dolphins have lost their freedom forever. They will eventually go through the process of learning how to do ridiculous, unnatural tricks in order to get a food reward. These and other captive dolphins around the world will spend the rest of their lives “performing” for humans. The only show is in the ocean where they are free to be dolphins.
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A pod of 36 Risso’s dolphins was destroyed today. 9 were taken for captivity while 27 had their lives extinguished. Some who were taken captive were under the tarps as their family members were brutally killed right in front of them. The sounds of the dolphins slapping their flukes on the water as their life force drained away was heard over and over. Trainers remained under the tarps as dolphins were slaughtered, working side by side with the hunters as they selected their captives. Please take a look at the faces of these Risso’s dolphins who were lost forever today. Many will be reduced to packages of food while others will spend the rest of their lives in a concrete tank performing for humans. Please do not support the captive dolphin industry. Together, we can end the demand for captive dolphins. The dolphins pay for your ticket with their blood and lost freedom. It’s time to end the show!
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Weekly update from #TheCove: Three species of dolphins were hunted in Week #25 of Taiji’s hunts. 
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Ban gillnets and trawling in Maui's and Hector's dolphin habitat

Hector's and Maui dolphins are the smallest and rarest marine dolphins on earth and live only in New Zealand. Gillnetting and trawling have decimated these diminutive dolphins to near extinction and continue to kill them faster than they can breed.

Hector's dolphin numbers have dropped from 29,000 to around 7,000 since the 1970s. The situation for Maui dolphins, a subspecies of Hector's dolphins, is even worse. With just 50 survivors, Maui dolphins are facing imminent extinction. 

Despite these low numbers, the New Zealand government is refusing to protect the country's only native dolphins against fishing nets. Less than 20 percent of the dolphins' home is protected against set nets and around five percent against trawling, which simply isn't good enough to prevent their extinction. Experts have called for a ban of these fishing measures across the dolphins' habitat for more than three decades. But the New Zealand government isn't listening and the fishing industry denies all responsibility.

Each year there are fewer dolphins left. How many more have to die before the New Zealand government acts and protects their entire habitat from harmful nets?

International pressure is crucial to saving Maui dolphins and your support will show that the world cares about New Zealand's forgotten dolphins. Please join the call for a full and immediate ban of gillnetting and trawling throughout Maui and Hector's dolphin habitat in coastal waters up to a depth of 100 meters, including harbours.

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The life of the last 50 Maui dolphins hangs by a thread. More than 98% have already been wiped out primarily by fishing nets. We will be handing over our petition, which calls for the immediate removal of harmful fishing nets to avert the extinction of these small marine mammals, to former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark in Berlin, Germany.
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Adopt a Dolphin Update - February 2018
Whale and Dolphin Conservation 
In Defense of Animals
Canada One Step Closer to Banning Cetacean CaptivityIn a move that we and many others are praising, the Canadian government has announced new legislation that will ban the capture of any dolphin or whale from Canadian waters for the purposes of keeping them captive. The legislation takes the form of amendments within the national Fisheries Act, which is currently being updated in order to reflect the evolving moral values of Canadians and to recoup from losses endured during the previous Conservative government. READ MORE


No demand = No captures. #dolphinproject Pledge NOT to buy a ticket to a dolphin show: dolphin.fyi/DolphinPledge

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