During the years 1990-1992, Earthtrust conducted a campaign
against the drive-slaughter of dolphins and false killer whales
off the coast of Taiwan. This campaign consisted initially of
documenting the kills, then negotiating with local authorities
to stop kills and release the remaining animals. Subsequently,
ET staff in Taiwan succeeded in having such drive-kills made illegal.
At that point, Earthtrust worked to help enforce the new law,
spending time on site annually to educate in the local schools
near Penghu, and to report captures of dolphins. In 1992 dolphins
were again captured, and with ET's reporting, the laws were enforced
and almost all the animals were released unharmed. This successful
campaign changed local opinions and laws. The annual oversight
was discontinued in 1993 due to lack of funding for the project.
The situation was enormously improved, but is still not perfect.
Gallery: Dolphin Kills at Penghu.
CAUTION: The following photos contain graphic images of dolphins and false killer whales being tortured and butchered at Penghu. NOT FOR THE QUEASY.