Actor, Ross McCall and Senior Cove Guardian Campaign Leader, Melissa Sehgal joined us live to talk about World Love for Dolphins Day. On Friday the 13th, Sea Shepherd and the Group’s Cove Guardians will hold peaceful demonstrations in the U.S. and at several worldwide locations against Taiji’s hunts of dolphins. Most of the demonstrations will take place in front of Japanese embassies and consulates between noon and 1pm. In the small coastal town of Taiji, hundreds to thousands of dolphins and small whales are captured and killed each year during the annual dolphin drive hunt. For six months of every year - September 1st until March - a group of dolphin hunters herd wild dolphins from the ocean’s open waters into a hidden shallow bay, known as the cove. The hunters capture entire families, or pods, of various species of dolphins at a time in order to satisfy the international demand for captive dolphins in the entertainment industry. Those taken captive are sent to aquariums and marine parks worldwide. The remaining dolphins are killed by a hunting technique known as “pithing” . In 2010, Sea Shepherd launched its Operation Infinite Patience campaign. Since then, Sea Shepherd has had an ongoing presence of volunteers from around the world who remain on the ground in Taiji, documenting the cove throughout the entire dolphin hunt season.
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