Diligent first-hand reporting by volunteers with marine mammal advocacy groups has led to a public outcry surrounding the capture of Angel. International news coverage and petitions carrying thousands of signatures have called for Angel to be returned to her rightful home along with the rest of the pods. Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said, "the one good thing about this situation is that it has focused attention on the issue in Taiji like we've never been seen before."
On Sunday, Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, tweeted: "Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing," re-opening the international debate over the dolphin drives. While Angel is currently destined for a life of cruelty in captivity and her kin will likely suffer an even worse fate, her unique appearance has captured the hearts of the world in a way that we can only hope will save the lives of countless dolphins in the future.
How you can help:
- Thank Ambassador Kennedy for supporting an end to the dolphin drives twitter: @carolinekennedy