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In a few days, the largest dolphin and whale slaughter on the planet will begin in a small fishing village in Taiji, Japan. Here, some twenty-six fishermen herd hundreds of small whales and dolphins to a cove. Ocean parks and aquariums buy the nicer looking animals for dolphin shows while the rest will be slaughtered in what many experts say is the largest and most inhumane killing of dolphins in the world.


The brutal hunts has been the subject of the 2010 Oscar winning documentary The Cove. The documentary shows how dolphins from the hunts have been imported into the country and are now used for performances in Ocean Adventure, in Subic.

Still considered cheap, an untrained animal from the dolphin hunts can cost as much as $300,000.


This is why groups in the Philippines believe that this is where the Manila Ocean Park (MOP) will buy dolphins for its planed dolphin shows. According to Jenica Dizon of the Save the Philippine Seas (SPS), “The Japan dolphin hunts is the easiest place to acquire dolphins in this part of the world. Similar to Ocean Adventure, we believe that this is where Manila Ocean Park will buy its animals”.


“In the Philippines it is illegal to torture or maltreat any animal under the Animal Welfare Act (RA 8485). Dolphins from Japan should never be allowed into the country. Unfortunately our government allows this given the many dolphin imports from Japan”, says Anna Cabrera from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).


In 2001, the country imported 5 false killer whales from Japan, four of which are now dead. Another 4 bottlenose dolphins arrived in the country in 2004, one of which has died. In 2009, another 4 bottlenose dolphins were imported from Japan.

Experts believe that dolphins are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet and the only wild animals known to consciously help humans in distress. Scientific studies show that dolphins have drastically reduced lifespans when they are in captivity.


Earth Island Institute, which has been leading the global effort to stop the dolphin hunts in Japan is calling on all Filipinos to boycott all existing facilities in the country which features dolphins or marine mammals.


According to Trixie Concepcion of Earth Island Institute, “If we truly care about dolphins, we should never visit facilities such as Ocean Adventure, the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP), and other facilities such as Manila Ocean Park (MOP) which plans to have dolphin shows.”


Earth Island Institute also calls on dolphin lovers to join them in protesting the start of the dolphin hunting season in Japan this September. Activists from 77 cities in 29 countries all over the world will troop to their Japanese embassies on 31 August to protest the start of the Japanese dolphin hunts.




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