Who doesn’t know about the massacres of Taiji? Rhetorical question, of course. I thought it would be interesting to show the steps the dolphins go through, from their capture to their transfer into marine parks. I used pictures posted on the Cove Guardians’ Facebook page to create the story with visuals:
The Banger Boats (12 at most) get in formation and trap the dolphins by banging on iron bars to disturb their sonar and get them to the Cove.
The prettiest of them are selected to be trained and sold to marine parks. The fishermen get in the water to trap them in net and pull them on boatd. They are extremely brutal.
The youngest ones are often those who are captured.
Then, the slaughter begins…
Some try to escape and find themselves tangled in the nets.
Others pushed themselves against the rocks in vain attempt of escape, and badly injure themselves.
Sometimes, there are so many bodies that all of them cannot be put on board. They are dragged in the water. The fishermen use their weight to prevent the bodies from floating. They are hiding their proud “tradition”.
Once they arrive at the harbour, everything is hidden behind tarps.
The meat is bought by local buyers and transported by trucks, always in a « confidential » way.
January 13, 2013, a piece of meat was found on the floor.
Then, the meat is transported by the buyers to be later sold in supermarkets or eaten in school restaurants, despite their important concentration of mercury.
Let’s come back to the dolphins captured for marine parks:
They are dumped into captivity pens inside Taiji harbour. Most of them die in those pens because of stress (dolphins are extremely sensitive to stress).
They are trained to perform during shows.
If they refuse to feed themselves, they are forced fed.
When they are « ready », they are moved in a small truck.
From the small truck, they are brought into a bigger one, and taken into marine parks or dolphinariums of Japan before being sold to international parks.
This is where the dolphins you see at Marineland or SeaWorld come from.
This is what they went through to entertain us. Us. Those who broke and slaughtered their family in a cruel blood bath. Those who force them to do tricks jumping into hoops or playing with balloons.
Is it really the lesson we want to teach to our children when we buy them a ticket to SeaWorld? …