The first dolphins caught in Japan this season were herded into the notorious Cove at Taiji today, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society reports.
The Society, an International non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to end the slaughter of sea animals and the destruction of their habitat, says the 10 dolphins will be killed unless people come to Taiji to defend them.
The society is calling on all people who came to Japan to save dolphins to immediately go to Taiji. “The dolphins need defenders at the Cove today and tomorrow,” said Michael Dalton of Sea Shepherd Brisbane who is leading the Sea Shepherd team on the ground at Taiji.
Thursday morning, activist Ric O'Barry handed a petition, signed by 1.7 million people from 155 nations, to an official at the US Embassy in Tokyo, the AP reports.
O'Barry's film, The Cove, won the 2010 Oscar for Best Documentary and put Taiji on the map as one of the world's biggest ecological crime scenes. Read more about it and other muckraking movies in Outside's Documentary Canon.
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