Activists ran an ad in the New York Times on Thursday, calling for an end to the brutal dolphin hunts that have been going on in Taiji, Japan. The ad features a photo of the baby albino dolphin, dubbed "Angel" captured in the cove four weeks ago who is now being held in an aquarium in Taiji.
The ad was placed by the Dolphin Project, a project of the Earth Island Institute run by Ric O'Barry, an activist and former trainer who appeared in the Oscar-winning film about the dolphin hunt, "The Cove." It directs through the Dolphin Project's website to send a letter to Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, urging him to end the hunt.
"The Japanese government has no excuse for these cruel and needless dolphin slaughters," said David Phillips, Executive Director of Earth Island Institute. "Japan is badly damaging its international standing and support around the world. Even in Japan, the vast majority of Japanese do not eat dolphin or whale meat and have no interest in it."