- Posted September 15, 2012 by
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80-100 pilot whales await slaughter in The Cove, Taiji
An urgent situation is occurring right this moment in Japan, where the fishermen of the village of Taiji, made famous by the Academy award-winning documentary The Cove, have herded and corralled 80 to 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins. These animals have been held for two days, cut off from their natural food supply, awaiting a decision by the fishermen whether they will be slaughtered, sold into captivity or released. Approximately 25 pilot whales were slaughtered on September 9, 2012, so it is predictable that the fishermen intend the same for these. Because of the extreme stress and lack of food, the whales and dolphins are becoming weak and more likely to perish, even in the unlikely event that the fishermen decide to release them to the ocean. Immediate intervention is needed to save them from this horrific fate.
Photo courtesy of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Cove Guardians