The fishermen of Taiji have developed a highly effective method of locating, capturing and eradicating dolphins, sometimes as many as one hundred or more in a single day. In the past, after the dolphin hunters sealed the killing Cove with large nets, they would leave the dolphins in the Cove, returning the next day at sunrise to kill them.
For several years, the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji had taken place from October 1st through March. In recent years, however, the dolphin hunters in Taiji have started the dolphin-killing season early, on September 1st. The term “drive fishery” derives from the method of driving, or herding, dolphins into a designated killing cove or harbor.
There has been a lot of activities directed at ending the Taiji dolphin hunts. We are proud of the progress, and believe we can achieve much more. We believe our strategies are key to ending the hunts, including focusing on educating the Japanese public about the hunts, supporting Japanese activist groups and individuals who protest the hunts, publicizing the hunts worldwide to keep pressure on the Japan government, and – most important – never giving up!
Some 24 fishermen carry out the capture of dolphins in the small fishing village of Taiji. Another two-dozen or more help with the slaughter on the beach, carving up the meat, and with distribution of the meat. They do this with permits from their government. Most of the people in the town of Taiji have nothing to do with the hunts. The majority of people in Japan are totally unaware of this annual government-sanctioned dolphin blood bath.