There are things you can do to help stop this year's dolphin hunt, however. Most notably is to support Save Japan Dolphins Day, an advocacy day on Sept. 1. Laura Bridgeman of both the International Marine Mammal Project and Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project told The Dodo in an email that the day will serve to bring widespread awareness to the cause.
"Dolphin individuals should no longer be considered quota, or property. We all need to stand up against these outdated notions and the horrific cruelty that takes place in the Cove. I hope everyone can join Japan Dolphins Day on Sept. 1 - find an event in your city, or create one of your own."
Learn more about how to participate in the day here.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which has worked tirelessly on this issue, also urges people to call and write to the authorities in Taiji as well as the Japanese Embassy in your country, the 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, among others - all of their contact information is on this page.