World Love for Dolphins Day 2016

Demonstrations against the global captive dolphin trade responsible for Taiji’s brutal dolphin hunts to take place worldwide.

As another season of dolphin slaughter draws to a close, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is calling on volunteers, supporters and concerned individuals around the world to join with us and our Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians as we show our love for dolphins and call for an end to the captive dolphin trade that funds the slaughter of cetaceans in Taiji’s infamous cove.

On Saturday, February 13, Sea Shepherd will teach the world about the link between captivity and the cove with peaceful World Love for Dolphins Day demonstrations across North America and overseas. Sea Shepherd chapters will host demos at local businesses that profit directly from the dolphin slaughter by trading on their surviving family members and stand in solidarity with Sea Shepherd’s volunteer Cove Guardians currently on the ground in Taiji.  On Valentine's weekend, animal lovers across the globe will show the world that there is nothing loving about captivity.

Every year, for the past six years, Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardians have patrolled the Taiji cove, where entire families of cetaceans are driven into the cove and either kidnapped and sold into captivity or ruthlessly killed. The tremendous amount of profit that the Japanese killers are getting for each captured dolphin, is truly the root of the evil that permeates the tiny town of Taiji, Japan. The love and compassion that people around the world have for these amazing creatures is evident in the support for the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian campaign and their loud voices against captivity.

"Our utmost desire is to see a day when captivity is completely abolished and these beautiful, intelligent beings are allowed to roam free throughout the world's oceans, instead of being put into tiny tanks and forced to perform tricks, just to get their next meal.” said David Hance, Campaign Coordinator for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. "Please join Sea Shepherd on February 13, as we stand up against captivity and against those companies that help perpetuate this horrific industry," added Hance.


How can you participate in “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations?

1. Demonstrate at a Local Business That Supports the Captive Dolphin Trade

Join Sea Shepherd and Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians at these locations to educate the public about the connection between the slaughter and the show and encourage local businesses to stop supporting the dolphin hunt. Download and print a poster, and join us.

If you are interested in organizing a demonstration at a location near you, please email to set up your approved event.

Posters (click to download PDF)PDF

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Leaflets (click to download PDF)PDF

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** More cities to be announced soon! Please stay tuned for updates! **


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Atlanta, GA
12 PM - 2 PM
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Baltimore, MD
11 AM - 1 PM
National Aquarium
501 E Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Boston, MA
12 PM – 2 PM
Liberty Travel - Boston
467 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

Brookfield, IL 
New date TBA

12 PM - 3 PM
Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, Illinois 60513

Indianapolis, IN
12 PM - 2 PM
Indianapolis Zoo
1200 W Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222

Los Angeles, CA
12 PM - 2 PM
Across from the Beverly Hilton
9925 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA. 90210

Nashville, TN
10 AM - 12 PM
Info Table At
Scarritt Bennett Center
First Floor
1008 19th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212

New York, NY
12 PM - 2 PM
Liberty Travel Union Square Mega Shop
25 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Philadelphia, PA
1 PM – 3 PM
Liberty Travel Philadelphia
1524 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Portland, ME
10 AM – 2 PM
Monument Square
Portland, Maine 04101

San Antonio, TX
11 AM – 1 PM
SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Drive
San Antonio, TX 78251

San Diego, CA
10 AM – 12:45 PM (taking place on Feb 14th)
SeaWorld San Diego
399 Sea World Drive
San Diego Ca 92109

San Francisco, CA
12 PM - 4PM
Pier 27 Grand Princess Cruise Terminal. San Francisco
San Francisco, California 94111

Tampa, FL
11 AM - 1 PM
SeaWorld Orlando
7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821

Toronto, ON
11 AM - 1 PM
Dundas Square
1 Dundas Street E
Toronto, ON M5B 2R8
*The only and updated location is above.

Vancouver, BC
1 PM - 3 PM
Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
Vancouver BC

Waikoloa Village, HI
10 AM - 12 PM
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Kuualii Pl
Waikoloa Village, HI 96738

Waimanalo, HI
10 AM - 11 AM
Sea Life Park
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy, Ste 7
Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795


Please note: Any locations outside of North America are to be considered "unofficial” Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) events organized by local volunteers and will NOT involve Sea Shepherd Global or other Sea Shepherd entities outside of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.


Melbourne, Australia
12 PM - 2 PM
GPO Steps, Bourke St Mall
Melbourne VIC 3000

Perth, Australia
10 AM - 12 PM
Northbridge Piazza
Corner of James and Lake Streets
Northbridge WA 6003


1 PM - 3 PM
Japanese Embassy Germany
Hiroshimastr. 6
10785 Berlin, Germany

12 PM - 5 PM
Japanese Consulate General - Dusseldorf
Immermannstr . 45 , D-40210
40233 Dusseldorf , Germany

Stuttgart, Germany
11 AM - 4 PM
Schloßplatz Stuttgart
70173 Stuttgart, Germany


Budapest, Hungary
2 PM - 3 PM
Mammut Bevásárló- és Szórakoztató Központ Budapest, Löv?ház u. 2
1024 Hungary


Bratislava, Slovakia
12 PM - 2 PM
Outside the Japanese Embassy
Hlavné námestie 2


Barcelona, Spain
11 AM - 1 PM
Japanese Consulate General in Barcelona, Spain Avda. Diagonal, 640- 2ºD.
08017 Barcelona, Spain

Madrid, Spain
11 AM - 1 PM
Japanese Embassy in Spain
C/ Serrano, 109
28006 Madrid, Spain


2. Take a “selfie” with one of the posters above and send it to us.

We will post your selfies on our social media pages to proudly display your love for dolphins!

Please email photos to:

Please send us your photos by February 14, 2015 at midnight EST.

For a staggering six months of each year, from September 1 until March, entire families of dolphins and small whales are driven into Taiji’s killing cove. Once netted within the shallow waters of the cove, their fate is sealed and the members of these doomed pods will face either imprisonment in captivity or brutal slaughter before the eyes of their families. Killers and trainers work side-by-side to select the “prettiest” dolphins and whales for captivity, those without visible scars. The others are mercilessly stabbed with a metal spike inserted into their backs, just behind the blowhole, to sever their spine. The dolphins slowly and painfully bleed to death or drown in the blood of their family—others may die as they are dragged to the butcher house, where the once living and free cetaceans are processed into meat for human consumption. These inhumane killings would not be allowed in any slaughterhouse in the world. Japan refuses to sign on to many protection efforts and regulations for marine mammals, despite most of the world recognizing the need to protect these self-aware, beloved and imperiled animals.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society first brought the cove to the world’s attention by capturing and releasing now-iconic footage and imagery of the brutal hunts and slaughters in 2003, during which the cove turned a blood-red. Later the Academy Award-winning film The Cove again shone a spotlight on the hunts, bringing worldwide attention to the killings. Many individuals thought the film succeeded in bringing an end to the hunts, but that was not the case. So in 2010, Sea Shepherd established Operation Infinite Patience and our volunteer Cove Guardians took up positions alongside the cove to document, report and live stream these atrocities in the hope of capturing attention to bring pressure to bear to stop these barbaric acts. Sea Shepherd is the only organization to have a team on the ground in Taiji each day throughout the entire six-month killing season, and the only group who live streams every capture and every kill for the world to see. Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians will not stop shining a light on this atrocity until the slaughter ends.

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