• Petitioned Mr. Yoshiki Kimura,

This petition was delivered to:

Governor of Wakayama prefecture
Mr. Yoshiki Kimura,
Mayor of Taiji
Mayor Sangen
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Masahiko Yamada
Dolphin Base Resort

Help Stop the Slaughter of Dolphins in Taiji, Japan

    1. Barbara Napoles
    2. Petition by

      Barbara Napoles

      Miami, United States


As September 1, 2011 approaches so does the killing season in a little town called Taiji in the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan. Hundreds of dolphins are killed in the cove between September and March.

The dolphins are hunted and driven into the Killing Cove by the Fishermen's Union of Taiji, using banger boats to steer them. Then once in the Cove a net is drawn behind them and a few of them if they are nice specimens are taken into captivity, those that are not selected they are systematically slaughtered.

Fishermen slay the dolphins by driving a pin into their necks, by slashing their throats with knives or by spearing them with long harpoons from their boats. In addition, members of the international dolphin display industry attend these dolphin slaughters to purchase show-quality dolphins for use in captive dolphin shows and dolphin swim programs. 

This is the largest scale dolphin slaughter in the world and unfortunately very few know it even takes place. Even in Japan, not many people are aware of this atrocity occurring. The dead dolphins are then taken via boat to the gutting barge and then the carcasses are taken to the butcher house. The meat is then sold to the citizens of Japan and served as lunch to children in school. Dolphin and whale meat is highly toxic. It contains high levels ofthe heavy metal,  Mercury. Japan has had 2 major outbreaks  of Minamata disease.

How is it possible for these acts to continue to take place? The answer is not simple, yet it is fair to say that in large part this problem persists due to lack of education, and a lack of knowledge about what is taking place in Japan. Basically, the Japanese government does not want the international community to become aware of the annual slaughter. It is up to everyone, especially travelers visiting Japan, to spread the word.

Dolphin Base Resort houses all the captive Dolphins and they are held in seapens or concrete pools. Training starts immediately as food is withheld from them until they start to cooperate.

The 2010 -2011 season was witnessed by Activists from Save Japan Dolphins and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Eyes on Taiji and the Black Fish Group. The fishermen went out on a daily basis unless there was bad weather.  The hunts only stopped on their national holidays. By the end of last year's season which was stopped earlier than usual  there were 850 dolphins killed and 171 were sold into captivity. 

Please help us bring a stop to these slaughter watch the documentary: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/cove/ Help  Save the Blood Dolphins.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Save the Blood Dolphins personally attends rally in Miami -9/1/11

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      The petition signatures were downloaded and taken to the Japanese Consulate in Miami, Florida on 9/1/11. The Consulate would not accept them. Thank you all for your continued support. Please share the petition. Thank you!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Video added to the petition.

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      This is what Japan has done and will start back up again on Sept. 1st. We need to share this petition and fill their emails with our thoughts. You can change the letter and personalize it. Please help by sharing!
      Save the Blood Dolphins,
      Thank You!

    5. We are over the 550 signature mark!

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for the great support in signing this petition. Please sign any and all petition that reaches you referencing the "Taiji Dolphin slaughters" We need to put pressure on the Japanese Government! Thank you for your support!

    6. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kerry Cook CHARLOTTE, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      We have used the intelligence of dolphins in underwater naval experiments. These are incredibly intelligent creatures. This is a senseless, wasteful, inhuman slaughter of the wonders of our planet.

    • m shiel HAMBURG, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      i am so sick of japan They are using tsunami money to kill whales They need to be brought into this century Their old customs are stupid

    • jane hong LA MIRADA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I just watched the movie The Cove. Beside the fact that it just made me super angry at Japan, I hope that they become more educated at what is going on in their own country and like Ric said, to know their own "culture" of killing dolphins. Japan people, PLEASE KNOW YOUR OWN CULTURE AND OWN UP TO IT!

    • stewart loeblich FT LAUDERDALE, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      'Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster... When you look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you.' -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) Careful... to quote the Dalai Lama 'you have to take countermeasures..' when queried about his view on death of Bin Laden

      Personally I also do not forgive nor forget the wrongs of man but seek to counter them with all available means at my disposal... .. 'You must be the change you want to see in the world' Mohandas K. Gandhi Thanks to all who have signed! "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man" -- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) Teach your children well... Stephen Stills "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it...always." — Mohandas K. Gandhi

    • karleen sirna LONDON, ON, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Dolphins are very beautiful and intelligent animals. They are so similar to us if people only realized this and stop unneccessary slaughter


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