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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Japan Dolphins Day?
A: An annual, peaceful and positive gathering of dolphin supporters in dozens of cities around the world, aimed at raising awareness of the annual dolphin drive hunts in Taiji and elsewhere in Japan; and letting the Japanese government know that we will not accept the continued slaughter of dolphins.

Q: How are these events going to prevent cruelty to dolphins?
By hosting events at or near Japanese embassies or consulates around the world, we are letting the Japanese government and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) know that these crimes against nature are unacceptable to the rest of the world. We can speak out against this atrocity loudly and clearly - and in a positive way!

Q: Why should these events be positive?
This campaign has never been against the Japanese people. We don't condone racial slurs, comments or actions that could be any way perceived as anti-Japanese. Our campaign is about bringing people together, building lasting bonds and forging constructive dialogues. Our message on this particular day is to those in government who are enabling these senseless slaughters to continue, as well as actively keeping the truth from the Japanese people.

Q: Why the First of September?
The dolphin drive hunting season in Japan begins on September 1 this year, so our event is on that day.

Q: Which organizations / people are involved?
These are ongoing, annual events that SJD has participated in for many years, however there are also other groups that have also organized their own events. Anyone can be involved, whether you are a part of a marine conservation organization or simply a concerned citizen – the more people who celebrate on this day, the more impact we’ll have!

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