93 bottlenose dolphins will never see freedom again. Will never taste their ocean home, feel their pod surrounding them as they travel hundreds of miles across the ocean. Will never eat the fresh salty fish, ever again. Instead they are destined for a life of captivity, sadness, and starvation in marine parks around the world. The true evil behind these kidnappings of souls is hard to convey into words… imagine being brutally separated from your family after being chased by excruciating pain, and forced to watch them be taken away one after another by creatures that are foreign to your world, never to see them again.. this is Taiji.
December 12th, 2012- The Cove Guardians in Taiji report the fisherman preparing the 100+ bottlenose dolphins that have been kept overnight from the previous days hunting. Trainers from marine parks around the world soon arrive at the cove to place their bids on the life of one of these prime specimen of marine mammal captivity. Not even a full three hours after the fisherman have woken up and started the day, 12 souls were given to the devil. 12 souls taken to captivity…not even three hours later. A mother tries to save a baby before the calf dies fro being entangled in the nets. The day goes on, more dolphins lives of freedom are taken, with a total of 32 at the end of the day.
December 13th, 2012- 28 more dolphins are taken from the cove, and sent to marine parks. 2 dead bodies are found from within the cove and immediately removed. Total of 60 dolphins taken.
December 14th, 2012- The dolphins and the Cove Guardians get a break. Mother Nature does her best and sets in a downpour, preventing any selling of dolphins.
December 15th,2012- 31 dolphins taken into captivity today, rendering a total of 93. 93 lives just ruined, taken, abused, tortured, and ultimately put to an end in just 4 days.
The fisherman and trainers are expected to finish selecting dolphins on the 16th, and the Cove Guardians will report.
The amount of grief felt in the hearts of thousands worldwide can be felt even by the type of words on a computer. But none are experiencing the pain and mourning like those bearing witness in Taiji, updating the world, keeping us aware, documenting the events with every detail. For this we thank you, for without you we would know nothing of these events.
In the past 4 days, 93 lives have been taken in Taiji. Families have been separated, never to see each other again. 93 babies, mothers, and fathers have been sentenced to a life of sadness for a crime they never committed.
Some consider it a blessing that these beautiful animals weren’t slaughtered on the spot, killed…upon a deeper analyzing, though, it is not so. There is no difference between the fisherman slaughtering them in the cove and them being taken into captivity. Captivity is death, just slower.
This is Taiji.