Meanwhile, with the help of several very generous donors, IMMP has been working to provide funding for Japanese activists to visit Taiji, Japan and witness the dolphin hunts at the infamous "cove" for themselves.
With the documentary Blackfish making headlines, IMMP is conducting a major campaign against keeping orcas and dolphins in captivity.
is planning legal action against the US National Marine Fisheries Service if these import permits are granted.
O'Barry and the rest of the IMMP
team have sought to avoid confrontations with the hunters and local authorities.
In other IMMP
news, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel recently ruled that the United States' "Dolphin Safe" label on tuna products could be overly restrictive of trade, although the panel also ruled that the goals of the labels were legitimate, setting up a direct conflict between "free trade" and protection of the environment.
is making progress in the Solomon Islands to stop dolphin hunting there.
But the fishermen have told IMMP
staff that they have to go out farther and farther each year to find the dolphins.
team and our allies kept up the pressure on October 14 by conducting demonstrations at dozens of Japanese embassies and consulates around the world.
I called Dave Phillips [director of IMMP
and a co-director of Earth Island Institute] and said, 'This is too big for any one group.
and its Save Japan Dolphins Coalition have been working in the United States, Europe, and Japan to build a tsunami of opposition against marine mammal killings.
The ongoing efforts of IMMP
and the Save Japan Dolphins Coalition to stop the slaughter are gaining worldwide attention, but Japan's Fisheries Agency is still stubbornly clinging to the slaughter and issuing permits to local fishermen to kill dolphins by the thousands.
In a major coup for IMMP
, Calvo, the largest tuna processor in Europe, has rejoined the Earth Island Institute Dolphin Safe tuna program, pledging to buy and sell tuna that has been caught only by methods that do not harm dolphins.