Taeji, the last performing bottlenose dolphin at Seoul Grand Park, who was captured in the cove of Taiji in 2008, was transferred to Pacific Land on Jeju Island on June 20th 2017 to be fostered.
Return to the Ocean
On September 9th, the cove of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, turned bright red as a pod of 21 young short-finned pilot whales was slaughtered while 3 others were captured to face a life of imprisonment. Despite growing international condemnation, Japan carried out its annual dolphin slaughter.
The two Bottlenose dolphins, Geumdeung and Depo, held in captivity in Seoul Grand Park for 20 years, were finally released back into the ocean off the coast of Jeju Island on July 18th.
On March 29th, CARE, in collaboration with congresswoman Jeong Mi Lee, Hotpink Dolphins (Korean), and the Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) (Korean), held a press conference to present the results of the nationwide aquarium investigation.
According to the results of the autopsy performed by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kyungbook National University on February 27th, 2017, the dolphin named ‘UD-9’ died of bronchial pneumonia caused by the Morganella morganii bacteria.
A Korea Times article on the English site about the investigation by CARE and other animal rights organizations into the dolphin deaths at the Jangsaengpo Special Whale Culture Zone in Ulsan is the most read article on Friday 24th February.
Despite the actions of CARE and other activists, Ulsan Namgu Office went ahead with their importing of two bottlenose dolphins from Taiji, an infamous dolphin hunting town in Japan. Here, we’ll document the dolphin’s journey from Osaka, Japan to the Whale Ecology Experience Center in Ulsan, South Korea.
On the morning of February 6th, 2017, we, and an alliance of animal welfare and animal rights organizations, held a press conference in the parliament building about the cessation of importing dolphins by Ulsan Namgu Office.
Ulsan Nam-gu must call off the dolphin importation plan! Recently, we received shocking news that Ulsan’s Whales’ Ecology Experience Center will import two dolphins from Taiji, Japan, a well-known place for cruel dolphin hunting. CARE strongly opposes their decision and will take action until the importation and exhibition of dolphins become banned. In 2015, the […]
On March 2nd, a Beluga Whale on display at Lotte Aquarium lost its life. CARE, along with several other environmental and animal rights groups have been fighting the introduction and display of these whales since 2014. The deceased whale was a 5 year old male from Russia and was brought into the aquarium in 2014 Unfortunately, in […]