Starting Tuesday, the infamous dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan, kicks off its annual slaughter of hundreds of dolphins and whales.
The Taiji hunt - which lasts for six months and will kill or capture up to a quota of 1,873 animals this season alone - causes outrage from animal advocates every year. Since 2010, the conservation organization Sea Shepherd has sent "Cove Guardians" to the cove where the hunt occurs to document the hunt and put pressure on Japan to end the practice.
"[W]e will continue to document and live stream from the cove to expose this senseless massacre that claims entire pods of dolphins and small whales. The work of our Cove Guardians has brought these atrocities to the eyes of the world – and the world has spoken up and said these wild, migrating cetaceans are not Japan's for the taking," said Sea Shepherd campaign coordinator David Hance in a press release.
This year, Sea Shepherd will focus its campaign on the role of marine amusement parks in the hunt. "The aquariums, marine parks and other facilities around the world that hold cetaceans captive have blood on their hands," Hance said. "Sea Shepherd believes that ending the global demand for captive dolphins and whales will ultimately bring an end to Taiji's drive hunt."