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Dolphins Slaughtered In Front Of Protestors

Dolphins Slaughtered In Front Of Protestors

Fisherman ignored protests by animal activists on Monday and Tuesday and slaughtered a pod of dolphins in the Japanese town made famous for their annual dolphin hunt in the Oscar-winning film, “The Cove.” 

 

All, but the youngest animals were butchered.

 

Japanese television announced the start of the dolphin hunt in the town of Taiji, but did not release any details. 

 

The gruesome facts about how the herd of dolphins was coaxed into the cove and then stabbed to death by fisherman came from the Sea Shepherd conservation group and other animal rights groups protesting the attacks. 

 

Scott West of the Sea Shepherd told The Associated Press that 14 dolphins were killed in the first hunt, but two of the best-looking ones were pulled from the water with plans to be sold to an aquarium. 

 

Another six young animals were released back into the ocean.

 

West said the babies seemed confused and searched for their parents.  He is worried they will not be able to survive on their own.

 

Leilani Hunter, an activist from North Carolina told the AP, “There is nothing to prepare you for seeing it in person.  I saw these beautiful dolphins being driven into the cove, and they came out dead bodies.”

 

The Taiji dolphin hunt begins in late September and runs through March.  The government permits 20,000 dolphins to be killed each year and although most Japanese do not eat dolphin meat and find it repugnant, officials say it is no different that raising cows or pigs for slaughter.

 

They defend the practice because dolphins are not banned under any international treaty and because they are not an endangered species.  The Japanese government believes thinning out the dolphin herds protects fishing areas for people.

 

In addition, the town of Taiji sees dolphin hunting as a way for residents to make a living because the terrain of the town isn’t good for farming. 

 

All of these explanations and rationalizations have the same familiar ring that hunters throughout the world use.

 

But growing attention and international pressure about the hunts may be having an effect on Taiji.  This year the fishermen are doing something they have never done before. 

 

They are differentiating between the type of dolphin that gets killed and who gets spared.

 

They have chosen to save the lives of the friendly looking bottlenose dolphins.  These are the same dolphins seen in the “Flipper” television show and movie.  This familiar face, that is popular around the world, may be what is saving their lives.

 

Instead fishermen are slaughtering Risso dolphins and Pilot whales, which are a species of dolphin.

 

Animal activists are organizing a global protest on October 14 at Japanese embassies worldwide to protest and stop dolphin hunts. 

 

CALL TO ACTION:

Click Here to sign the Care2 Petition to stop the dolphin hunt in Taiji.

 

 

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10:13AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Stop the MURDERING OF THE INNOCENTS!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! For GOD'S SAKE!!!!!!!!!

1:20PM PST on Feb 21, 2012

When you have swum with these beautiful creatures it changes your life. They were protecting me from the sharks when I swam with them in the Indian Ocean when I was a nine year old girl. My folks owned a holiday home in Ballito Bay (South African North Coast) and I would go swimming every day with these beautiful creatures. They are caring and will protect you from predators when they understand your intent. Live and let live. Life is a precious experience for every creature that inhabits this earth.

6:35AM PST on Feb 21, 2012

This is so awful, I really feel like crying :(

3:16PM PST on Jan 24, 2011

When the "meat" is offered in shops for Japanese consumers, they decline because they don't like it! So all this nonsense about it being historic is ridiculous. No one eats this meat in Japan anymore. Stop this slaughter.

8:40PM PST on Nov 7, 2010

Please stop the slaughter

8:23AM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

This is awful abd disgusting.

11:23AM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

These people who kill these dolphins act all high and mighty but when they're questioned about their actions they hide under a rock.

1:32AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

I'm wondering what's up with the 1% who said no. Humans don't own the earth. You cannot own what you can't control, and it's crazy to abuse the animals like this. Dolphins are beautiful.

7:22PM PDT on Oct 25, 2010

Killing dolphins is unacceptable.

6:14PM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

top marks to the fantastic guys at Sea Shepherd who are trying to put a stop to slaughter of whales. shame there aren't more of them to tackle dolphin slaughter as well

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