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Albino Dolphin Captured in Japan's Annual Dolphin Cull

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife )

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Fishermen corralled 500 bottlenose dolphins over the past week for an annual drive hunt in Taiji Cove. The gruesome four-day event ended on Tuesday, after 41 dolphins were killed and 52 were taken captive for the aquarium trade.

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Past Member (0)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 10:42 am
Serious buzzkill ! This is just so unneccessary. Besides the ones that are killed or captured SO many others die too. I can't imagine that Japan is that deprived of meat ~dolphin seems more like a novelty item ~ especially not with the pretty price that's being paid for the captured dolphins. Maybe that's the greater incentive??

Barbara K (60)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 11:50 am
What a shame. I wish that cove would just blow up so they cannot herd any more dolphins into it. They seem to have no respect at all for sea life. They honestly cannot find something better to eat?

. (0)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 2:57 pm
The greatest tragegy is, the West will more than likely not ask Japan to stop this horrific cat.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday January 23, 2014, 4:20 pm
So very true, Barbara D. Dolphins do seem to be a novelty item. Interesting comment.

"Dolphins are hunted this way in several places around the world, including the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands, Peru, and Japan, the most well-known practitioner of this method. Dolphins are mostly hunted for their meat; some are captured and end up in dolphinariums.

Despite the controversial nature of the hunt resulting in international criticism, and the possible health risk that the often polluted meat causes, thousands of dolphins are caught in drive hunts each year."

Sara P (55)
Friday January 24, 2014, 7:07 am
Japan bastards!!!!!!

Ruth C (87)
Friday January 24, 2014, 1:37 pm
Discussing, heartless people, but nothing gets away from GOD!!!

Sandra s (130)
Friday January 24, 2014, 5:57 pm
Absolutely disgusted by the cruel events this week.

Elizabeth M (65)
Monday February 3, 2014, 3:33 pm
Taiji is the only place in Japan where these traditional drive hunts occur, but the practice remains legal. Killing dolphins is not banned under any international treaty, and are not endangered. Activist efforts have raised international awareness of the event in recent years, and hopefully this yearís hunt will be the last. I feel if this cutest little albino dolphin lives it will be sold. How tragic.
Thanks Cher.

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