The slaughter continues primarily because of the demand for captive dolphins by dolphinariums worldwide. As long as captive dolphins are exhibited for amusement in marine aquariums, the slaughter will continue.
Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project continues to oppose the killing in Taiji. They operate separately from Sea Shepherd but it is good to have a diversity of approaches.
Sea Shepherd has maintained a daily presence six months of the year since 2010, and although it is frustrating and heart-wrenching campaign, it is the only approach that falls within the boundaries of practicality, non-violence and the law.
It is amazing that a small handful of brutal fishermen are able to bloody the flag of Japan with their barbaric acts without being stopped by the Japanese people. Then again, as a Canadian I have seen my own government ignore the majority opinion of Canadians with their ongoing policies of support for the horrific slaughter of baby seals on Canada's eastern coast.
Sea Shepherd is opposed to the slaughter of the dolphins. We are not opposed to the people of Japan. However we do insist that the people of Japan have a responsibility to humanity to end this obscenity that stains the waters of the cove each and every year with the innocent blood of these highly intelligent, socially complex, self-aware and sentient beings.