The brutal dolphin roundups and slaughter in Taiji, Japan, have earned fierce international backlash -- but that doesn't mean they're over. In fact, not only are there other dolphin hunts occurring around the world right now, but the hunt in Taiji is planned to begin September 1 (it first began in 1969). In honor of National Dolphin Day, it's time to revisit everything we can do to end these horrific hunts.
But there are several ways you can impact the hunt, and join the people who oppose it.
Mark Palmer, associate director of the International Marine Mammal Project says the easiest way to support dolphins is to boycott dolphin shows and swim-with-dolphins programs because they fuel demand for the dolphins caught in the hunts.
Next, you can write a letter to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asking him to stop the hunts.
"We think this is a good time to ask Abe to reconsider all whaling and dolphin killing and consider changing Japan's direction into one of supporting protection of cetaceans and restoring their tarnished record as international scofflaws," added Palmer, whose organization is spearheading the letter-writing campaign.