Contentious annual dolphin hunt begins in Taiji

Sep 17, 2014

Contentious annual dolphin hunt begins in Taiji

The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered Tuesday in the small town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, campaigners and a local fishermen’s union said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups. Activists from the environmentalist group Sea Shepherd have been monitoring ...

May 16, 2014

Activists sue whaling town claiming discrimination

Animal rights activists said they have filed a lawsuit against whaling town Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, for banning “foreign-looking” visitors from its whale museum. Sarah Lucas, head of Australia for Dolphins, filed the suit Tuesday at the Wakayama District Court, demanding an end to “discrimination ...

Feb 1, 2014

Defend dolphins, not a 'tradition'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's argument that the force of tradition justifies the herding, capturing and slaughtering of dolphins is a flimsy one. It is an inhumane practice that should be stopped.

Campaigners rally against Japan's dolphin hunting

Jan 24, 2014

Campaigners rally against Japan's dolphin hunting

Activists protesting Japan’s indigenous dolphin hunting held a rally in Tokyo Friday, calling on officials to stop sales of the marine mammals to aquariums and as meat. Some two dozen campaigners, mostly Japanese, congregated in front of the Fisheries Agency with banners and pictures, ...

Sea Shepherd: Dolphin roundup biggest in four years

Jan 22, 2014

Sea Shepherd: Dolphin roundup biggest in four years

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, have finished killing about 40 dolphins targeted for their meat as part of a larger group trapped recently in what activists say was the biggest roundup they have witnessed in the last four annual hunts. Sea Shepherd, best known ...

Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt

Jan 19, 2014

Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the “inhumaneness” of a Wakayama Prefecture village’s traditional dolphin hunt. “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (U.S. Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries,” she tweeted Friday. Kennedy, the lone surviving child of ...