Category: AFD’s work

Reflecting on a decade of Action for Dolphins

Feb 22, 2022 by afdadmin
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Ten years ago I travelled to a small coastal town in Japan called Taiji. While volunteering there I witnessed dolphins and whales being killed in the cruellest ways imaginable. I’ll never forget hearing the pained shrieks of pilot whales resonating around Taiji’s cove as a pod of 100 was brutally speared to death, or the View full story

Criminal complaint accepted by police!

Jan 27, 2022 by afdadmin
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A police investigation is now underway in Japan.  I am pleased to let you know our world-first criminal complaint has been ACCEPTED by the Wakayama Prefectural Police.  This means the police will start investigating the selling of dolphin meat by the Taiji Fishermen’s Association. Following their investigation, police will submit their findings to the Prosecutor’s View full story

AFD Year in Review: 2021

Dec 23, 2021 by afdadmin
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As the year comes to a close, we want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who stood up for dolphins by donating to our campaigns, posting and sharing on social media, and signing our petitions.  You make the work we do possible, and we thank each and every one of you! 2021 has View full story

Yahoo! Japan sells dolphin and whale meat from Taiji

Sep 21, 2021 by afdadmin
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Yahoo! Japan is the second most visited website in Japan in recent years. What might be less known is that this site sells dolphin and whale meat sourced from the Wakayama Prefecture where the horrific annual Taiji dolphin hunts occur. Rakuten, Japan’s biggest online retailer, and Yahoo on a global scale, have stopped selling whale and View full story

Urge the Japanese Minister for Health to stop the toxic sale

Mar 16, 2021 by afdadmin
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Urge the Japanese Minister for Health to stop the toxic sale Since 2013 AFD has been fighting to end the cruel dolphin hunts in Taiji. We’ve made significant progress, including stopping 62 Japanese aquariums from purchasing live dolphins from the hunts. But dolphins continue to be slaughtered every year. We are now employing a different View full story

Urging the Fisheries Minister to protect marine life

Nov 12, 2020 by afdadmin
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The numbers are shocking. In this year alone, 537 innocent animals have been trapped in Queensland’s shark nets and drumlines – only 13 survived. Drones are currently being trialled at five beaches in Queensland to spot sharks and alert swimmers. These trials are only due to run the trial until the end of November, but View full story

Launching “Minjerribah Mates” to protect marine life on North Stradbroke Island

Nov 10, 2020 by afdadmin
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Minjerribah, or North Stradbroke Island, is located on Queensland’s coast and is well known for its scenic headlands, rolling surf and white sandy beaches.  Many of the island’s 375,000 yearly visitors are drawn by its precious marine life, their trip not complete without a visit to Amity Point to hand-feed the resident dolphins. But this View full story

France to phase out dolphin captivity

Oct 29, 2020 by afdadmin
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By Zoe Bennett Late last month, French Ecology Minister Barbara Pompili announced a gradual end to dolphin and orca captivity. The three remaining marine parks in France  are now prohibited from breeding or importing cetaceans, and direct contact between animals and the general public is no longer permitted. No new parks will be built and View full story

The Taiji dolphin hunting season has started

Sep 08, 2020 by afdadmin
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On the 1st of September the annual Taiji dolphin hunting season began.  Last year’s hunting season was horrific. A shocking 130 drive hunts took place killing 560 dolphins and taking a further 180 for captivity.  Eight years ago AFD’s founder Sarah Lucas travelled to Taiji and witnessed the hunts first-hand. What she saw inspired her View full story