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Dolphin Hunting Season in Taiji ends in…

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

September 1st marks the start of yet another dolphin hunting season. Take action by signing the petition below, and if you've already signed it, share to help get the word out.



More than half a million people have signed the petition to President Obama, Vice President Biden, the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S., the Prime Minister and Minister of Health in Japan. Help keep the momentum going as we approach the 5th dolphin hunting season since The Cove original film premiered in theatres. The more signatures the petition gets, the more impact it will have. 

Sign the petition to send a message that it's time for the dolphin slaughter in Taiji to end. Encourage your friends to do the same!

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.

This Map Shows Where Dolphins Captured at the Cove in 2013 Were Sold

This Map Shows Where Dolphins Captured at the Cove in 2013 Were Sold

Activists say demand by water parks and aquariums for dolphins is driving the slaughter now under way in Taiji, Japan.

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