Can One Woman End the Annual Dolphin Drive in Taiji?

Written by on March 3, 2013 in Other News, Policy & Ocean Law

Check out this awesome article from TakePart about a Scottish mom who could single-handedly be credited with ending the dolphin slaughter in Japan’s Cove.

Instead of waiting on others, Shona Lewendon decided to take action on her own. She started a petition to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that rapidly gained popularity. Her petition asks the IOC to remove Japan for consideration for the Olympic Games until it completely outlaws the dolphin slaughter.

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One of many protests against the annual dolphin drive.

One of many protests against the annual dolphin drive. Photo credit: WinstonWong* via photopin cc.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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  1. Renee Wrede says:

    I was part of this campaign and protested for the first time in my life for this cause. I do believe she brought the slaughter at Taiji up front and center and brought thousands of people together who truly want the slaughter to end and will always give her credit for that. It only saddened me with some of the lies and the childishness of blocking good people from the campaign. She also kept the IOC’s insistent letters they would do nothing about the issue and that they only would care about sports a bit hidden to to get more protesters until we pushed for answers. Then we were blocked form the campaign. Then there was the money donated for the trip to Greece under false pretenses. The question is, should we put all that behind and just remember the good she did? Does the end justify the means? Well we can’t know for sure unless the slaughter ends. If it does due to her campaign then I’m OK with it.

  2. Emily says:

    Hi, Renee – Thanks so much for taking the time to share this. I’ve never heard anything bad about this campaign so I’m very curious to learn more. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  3. Anne says:

    Renee has her facts wrong. I have been part of the campaign since the beginning and know that Shona has always acted with dignity. Renee was one of a small group led by a sociopathic woman with multiple social media identities and an oversized ego who tried to intimidate others who didn’t agree with her. Thankfully she removed herself from the campaign (while trying to destroy it behind her) and it continues strongly to this day. It’s sad to see that there is still bitterness here. Shona did answer the controversy back when Renee and her gang were threatening her. If there was any truth at all in what Renee says, I’m sure her gang leader would not have gone so quiet. We all want the same thing which is the end of this slaughter. It’s very sad to see egos getting in the way.

  4. Emily says:

    Hi, Anne — Thank you for your response. Sounds like there was quite a bit of drama associated with this campaign! I think you’re right, though; everyone involved wants to see the slaughter end so hopefully that’s all that matters.