Though Taiji's controversial dolphin slaughter has finally wrapped up for this season, the hunt is likely to continue again next season, beginning in September. This year alone, about 1,400 dolphins were driven into the cove. Of those, an estimated 800 were killed and 164 taken captive.
Now, conservationists are looking towards next year, in the hopes that the slaughter can be stopped. Sea Shepherd mentions boycotting whale and dolphin shows as one of the most important ways to end it, because the demand for captive animals is the biggest motivation for the fishermen.
"As our Cove Guardians have documented time and time again, the global captive industry is linked to the slaughter in Taiji, and one of the most important ways for people to help end the hunt is to stop supporting captivity," said Jennifer Mishler of Sea Shepherd. "Anyone can help by not buying tickets to aquariums and marine parks that have captive marine mammals or swim with dolphin programs."
There are a lot of things you can do to raise awareness about the hunt, and help to prevent it from happening next year. Visit Sea Shepherd's site to learn more about the issue, or to view volunteering opportunities. You can also spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.