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Sea Shepherd Releases Powerful Video on the Same Day Japan Begins Its Annual Dolphin Hunt
1 Sep 2017 – Every year from September 1st to March 1st, thousands of dolphins are viciously herded into a hidden cove in Taiji, Japan, by local hunters who have the sole purpose of kidnapping some and murdering the rest. This bloody massacre is conducted with the backing of the Japanese government. The dolphins that are not brutally killed are permanently traumatized after being forced to witness the horror of their family members being slaughtered. This is then followed by a horrifying existence of living in a tiny 10 X10 enclosure and being forced to beg and learn tricks, just to receive food. Once they have properly “conformed” to the ritual of performing for a meal, they are ready to be sold into a life of slavery to the highest bidder from marine parks around the world. The dolphins endure long rides in the back of trucks and on airlines, sometimes for a total of 30-40 hours. If they miraculously survive this trip, when they arrive to their new “home” they are forced into equally small, sometimes smaller pens, and must live and compete with dolphins from other pods. The enslaved dolphins are now required to perform in shows multiple times per day, and in between shows, they are made to “play” in the pools with humans, who want entertainment. These dolphins are force fed pills that make them more subdued, to keep them from lashing out at humans and this is followed immediately by “uppers”, so they will still have the energy to perform.
Sea Shepherd is the world’s leading direct-action ocean conservation organisation.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 18 Sep 2017.
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