Written by PETA
Today, as Japanese fishers began
stabbing dolphins with spears and cutting their throats with knives, PETA
members, along with members of Earth Island Institute and Ric O'Barry's Dolphin
Project, marked "Dolphin Day" by gathering outside the Japanese Embassy
in Washington, D.C., to protest the annual slaughter.
Protesters screened graphic footage from
the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, showing how
fishers in the village of Taiji chase entire schools of dolphins into a cove,
trap them, and slaughter them as they scream and struggle to escape. The water
turns bright red with the dolphins' blood.
People in many other cities around the
world today also protested the slaughter, which will claim the lives of up to 23,000 dolphins and whales over
the next six months. The animals are killed because they are considered "pests"
by the fishing industry, although a few are captured alive and sold to aquariums and swim-with-dolphins programs, where
they will spend the rest of their lives confined to cramped tanks.
You can help stop this by contacting your local Japanese Embassy
and demanding that Japan end the cruel slaughter immediately.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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