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Environmental groups denounce the largest dolphin and whale slaughter on the planet which starts September of every year in a small fishing village in Taiji, Japan. The brutal hunts is the subject of the 2010 Oscar winning documentary The Cove, which features dolphin-hero Ric O’Barry.


Every year, O’Barry calls on all dolphin-lovers of the world to expose the killings in Japan. Dubbed ‘International Japan Dolphin Day’, activists all over the world troop to their Japanese embassies on to urge the Japanese government to stop the killings. In the Philippines, the movement is led by Earth Island Institute (EII) together with the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and the Dolphins Love Freedom Network (DLFN)


The main motivation of the deadly dolphin and whale hunts in places like Japan, Solomon Islands, Faroe Islands, Russia and others is the captivity industry. Apart from being inhumane, the capture and killing of dolphins in these areas affects the ecosystem as it eradicates animals with critical roles in the environment.


Dolphins and whales from the Japanese drive hunts have found its way into the Philippines despite existing laws due to the demand from ocean parks. In 2001, Ocean Adventure imported 6 false killer whales, five of which already died; in 2004, four bottlenose dolphins arrived in the country of which one is now dead. In 2009, another four bottlenose dolphins were imported from Japan. Since 2008, a total of 25 dolphins from Solomon Islands had been imported into the country and are being kept in Ocean Adventure to be exported to Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.


There is recent news about the plans of Manila Ocean Park to acquire beluga whales from Russia. Beluga whales are majestic creatures, highly adapted to the icy seas of the Arctic and would hardly thrive to a tropical, polluted and noisy environment. Despite its public statement in 2008 saying they will not have any endangered animals or marine mammals in their facility, Manila Ocean Park still imported sea lions which are now being used for performances.


There are also existing “rescue” facilities like the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP) operating illegally without permits. The said facility claims to be a rehabilitation center for stranded dolphins but keeps dolphins for feeding programs with the general public.


Dolphins and whales have a special role in the marine ecosystem and are not meant for human consumption nor captivity. Patronizing dolphin shows and marine theme parks will only fuel more of the brutal hunts in Japan. Ordinary people can contribute to ending the slaughter in Japan by boycotting dolphin shows and speaking out against the massive slaughter.

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