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Stop the slaughter and capture of wild dolphins in Taiji, Japan.
  • Petitioned The dolphin hunters of Taiji, Japan

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The dolphin hunters of Taiji, Japan

Stop the slaughter and capture of wild dolphins in Taiji, Japan.

    1. Troy Coyle
    2. Petition by

      Troy Coyle

      Auckland, New Zealand

The dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan is extremely brutal and the dolphins suffer a lot of pain and terror before they are killed or captured for the aquarium industry. However, the hunt is extremely lucrative, mainly via the aquarium industry's support for live capture. This means that the hunters need to have a viable financial alternative to the dolphin slaughter and capture. Taiji, and surrounds, are a beautiful potential tourist destination with conditions ideal for diving (good visibility, calm waters, range of marine species, reefs), site-seeing (historic temples, mountain views) and wildlife watching (whales, false killer whales, striped dolphins, Risso dolphins, pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins to name a few species). It is important that we express our interest in potential tourism for Taiji as a viable financial (and humane) opportunity to replace the dolphin hunt as the town's primary means of income. The dolphin hunters are ideally positioned to offer wild dolphin and whale tours, as they are so familiar with their migration and location patterns. There is also a strong existing infrastructure (boats, whale insignia, whaling history), that could be tweaked slightly to be much more attractive to local and international visitors, with a focus on the wild dolphin experience, rather than captive dolphins in aquariums.

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Sharona Zaret ROCK HILL, SC
      • 2 months ago

      Animal slaughter EVERYWHERE is brutal and attention needs to be raised to hopefully enlighten people to this brutality. Action is needed NOW to hopefully STOP killing and abuse of animals!

    • Marianne van Lierop BREDA, NETHERLANDS
      • 2 months ago

      So cruel and unnecessary!!

      • 3 months ago

      Why are the Japanese so cruel?

    • Vincent Michael PHOENIX, AZ
      • 3 months ago

      I want to see whales and dolphins frolicking in the waves.

    • Anita Walsh WATER MILL, NY
      • 4 months ago

      Wanton killing of intelligent creatures is intolerable. They must change their ways .


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