As the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, approaches (it could start as early at Sept. 1), activists around the world are preparing for protests in dozens of locations.
The series of events, collectively known as Japan Dolphins Day, is aimed at bringing awareness to ending the brutal drive hunt, which kills thousands of dolphins and takes several dozen into captivity for marine parks.
Starting on Friday, animal activist and former dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry will be appearing in Futo, Japan, to present photos of the hunt in the cove to the U.S. Embassy. He will be joined by Izumi Ishii, a former dolphin hunter who became a whale watching captain and activist against the hunt in Taiji.
On Saturday, the pair will take to the beaches of Taiji with protesters. And on Sunday they will head to the Taiji Town Council office to try to meet with local leaders to recommend alternatives to the dolphin hunt, like whale watching, eco-tourism and sustainable fishing.
On Monday, Sept. 1, the events come to a head with Save Japan Dolphins Day 2014, held jointly by Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project and the Earth Island Institute.