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Bloody slaughter of dolphins to resume.

Bloody slaughter of dolphins to resume.

Posted 31 August 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: dolphins, whales, Taiji, The Cove, hunting

Every year in September, animal lovers from around the world turn their attention towards the Japanese fishing town of Taiji. This date marks the start of the infamous Taiji dolphin drive hunt.

In case you haven't heard of the dolphin hunt before, here's the bare-bones of it. Every year, local fishermen take to the sea near a secluded cove and begin to drive dolphins and small whales towards the shore. There, mothers and babies are separated by ropes, some dolphins are tied to boats, some become injured or break their pectoral fins in the watery panic, and some die from stress or exhaustion.

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The bewildered animals are kept enclosed by nets overnight, and as the sun rises on the cove, the sea turns red as 'drive fishermen' pierce the dolphins and whales with long spears. Some fishermen use hooks to haul live dolphins into the boats where their throats are slashed. The dolphins' shrieks fill the air.

The animals that are killed are sold as meat (despite often containing dangerously high levels of mercury). The dolphins that are captured alive are sold to foreign dolphinariums where they will live their lives in captivity.

The goings-on in Taiji were brought to world attention in the Oscar-winning doco "The Cove". Since then, pressure has been steadily applied to those in charge of the hunt and those who allow it to continue.

There have been some major successes in the last couple of years. The number of dolphins killed in recent years seems to be in decline. In Australia, the coastal town of Broome suspended their sister-city relationship with Taiji after a campaign by Unleashed and Animals Australia supporters.

You can help keep the pressure on Taiji, and bring an end to this senseless slaughter. Take a moment to send an email to the Japanese Ambassador in Australia, letting him know of your outrage and disgust at this annual massacre. Head here to take part in this important campaign:

P.S. You might also be interested to learn more about ending a similar massacre that occurs in the Faroe Islands every year.

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JessBrazil JessBrazil 31 August 2012
I can't believe this is still happening, especially after all the attention the amazing documentary The Cove brought to it.
I've emails to the Japanese ambassador, The Japanese and Australian Prime Ministers etc, but feel so helpless not being able to do much more than that and trying to educate others on the matter.
Is there anything else I can do? sad
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Kelsey1 MsDrago Kelsey1 MsDrago 31 August 2012
Sea Shepard is working on this! I am glad we are doing something about it too!
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Theodora Theodora 3 September 2012
That is terrible! I heard about when I signed a petition against it, but I thought it had stopped!
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 3 September 2012
How could you be driving that boat in a sea of BLOOD and not make the connection with what you're doing? Things like this assist in my loss of compassion for humanity. This is certainly a news worthy story and yet we don't see it? Is it not brutal enough for the news? angry
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Rene Ellul Rene Ellul 4 September 2012
A terrible thing, want it ti end...badly. Those Dolphins don't deserve that. It's definitely surprising it's still going on after 'The Cove' doco. No respect for other species life.
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