The annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan will begin tomorrow, September 1. Ric O’Barry and his team from Save Japan Dolphins and Dolphin Project will report live from the Cove beginning tonight, Friday August 31.
Many others will join the team near the Cove of Taiji to protest and hold signs warning the locals that dolphin meat contains high levels of mercury. Additionally, other supporters from 90 cities around the globe will host Japan Dolphins Day as a way to raise awareness.
“We have made some progress” said O’Barry. ”The number of dolphins being killed in Taiji have gone down for the past four years of our Save Japan Dolphins Campaign.” Regardless, the fishermen of Taiji still receive permits to kill over 2,000 dolphins every year, according to Earth Island‘s International Marine Mammal Project.
You can watch the live broadcast from Japan on O’Barry’s Ustream channel beginning at 10:30pm EST tonight and continuing at 11:00pm EST tomorrow, September 1.
You can read more about the dolphin slaughter and Japan Dolphins Day here: Japan Dolphins Day 2012 unites the world for one cause.
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