The Cove

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Thanks to your continuous support and focus on saving dolphins in Taiji’s cove, Ric O’Barry’s DolphinProject petition has collected more than 1 million signatures. Now we’re taking your signatures to our Nation's Capital!

On Friday, April 17, Ric O’Barry's Dolphin Project and TakePart will host an evening under the stars in Washington, D.C.

The event will feature guest speakers, including activist and dolphin advocate Ric O’Barry, and a state-of-the-art video projection—displayed on a high-tech, eco-friendly Tesla—representing the over 1 million people who signed the petition in support of the dolphins shown in the Academy Award–winning documentary The Cove.

Want to attend? R.S.V.P. on Facebook and join us.

Can't make it to the event? Watch a livestream by following TakePart on Periscope and Twitter using #DolphinsInDC.

Together we can demand an end to the violence in Taiji!

About the Cove

The Cove is a 2009 documentary that exposes the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises off the coast of Japan every year. Dolphin meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is sold as food in Japan and other parts of Asia, often labeled as whale meat. The remaining dolphins are sold to dolphinarius and marine parks around the world into a lifetime of captivity. 

Now, 5 years since The Cove premiered, the spirit of activism that Ric O'Barry started and the battle for justice continue. The focus of the Social Action Campaign around this issue is to create worldwide awareness of the annual dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, and to pressure those in power to put an end to the slaughter once and for all.

The original The Cove trailer

Take Action

We need YOU to help Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project get to 1 million signatures on The Cove petition!



Over 5 years since The Cove film debut, dolphins are still being slaughtered in the Taiji, Japan cove. With dolphin drive-hunt season at its peak right now, we need your help in the fight for dolphins more than ever.

Our goal is to get 1 million petition signatures by the end of slaughter season. That’s 1 million people strong demanding an end to the violence in Taiji. Then, this spring, the petition will be delivered to President Obama, Vice President Biden, the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. and the Prime Minister and Minister of Health in Japan.

If you haven’t signed the petition on this page yet, add your voice and share it now. If you have signed, share it with everyone you know and ask them to sign and share too.

The Cove: The Dolphin Project PSA

We are their greatest threat, and their only hope.

Featured Story

Whether it's whales, dolphins or orcas in captivity, TakePart has the coverage. You can always find the latest news about important stories developing in Taiji and beyond right here.

Opinion: Beneath the Surface, a Flawed Body Count

Opinion: Beneath the Surface, a Flawed Body Count

It’s too early to draw any conclusions about this year’s Cove hunt.

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