Sea Shepherd Conservation Society announced that their Cove Guardians are on the ground in Taiji, Japan for their fourth consecutive year documenting the slaughter of dolphins at the now infamous cove.
The annual six-month hunting season begins on September 1st, claiming the lives of thousands of dolphins each year. Those who are not killed are sold and transported for captivity.
Cove Guardian leader Melissa Sehgal and Cove Guardian Scott Cator have already arrived at the cove, and so has a police task force monitoring the Sea Shepherds. There are also already signs that the drive hunts, slaughter and dolphin trade for captivity are about to begin. The organization writes, “Preparations for the upcoming killing season have been observed throughout the town — tarps draped at the entrance to the Fisherman’s Union, banger poles painted and ready for mounting, and the killing floor of the butcher house ready to process dolphins.”
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