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.
Since we reported in July that Tongki, the last polar bear held captive in South Korea, was suffering in the scorching summer heat and left alone without even water, we have sent letters and called Everland asking to have a conversation about his situation.
Namgeuk, the polar bear who had resided at O-world in Daejeon for 15 years, passed away last January. O-world had concealed her death from the media and animal rights organizations, only reporting this tragedy to the Ministry of Environment.
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.
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.