DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER IN TAIJI- No survivors, no mercey, no humanity.
Dolphin drive hunting is a method of hunting dolphins and occasionally other small cetaceans, such as pilot and minke whales. Hunters drive the animals into a bay or onto a beach with their boats, their escape is then prevented by closing off the route to the open sea or ocean with boats and nets. This method of hunting is highly controversial and has been criticised internationally. Dolphins are hunted this way in several places around the world, with the largest number of dolphins hunted using this method in Japan, where dolphins are mostly hunted for their meat.
Some are captured and end up in dolphinariums around the world, and many thousands of dolphins are barbarically murdered in drive hunts each year. Additionally, there are possible health risks due to the extremely high levels of mercury and cadmium in the meat.
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The Japanese appear to be operating behind the term ‘tradition’- a cover-up for the economic benefits that the dolphin hunt brings where live dolphins are sold to aquariums and theme parks for around $130, 000 each animal and dolphin meat sells for a fraction of this price- often sold as “whale meat”. At the beginning of the annual hunt in 2010, 4 of the dolphins captured in Taiji, (that were spared their life) were sold to a wealthy Egyptian man who now has them inhabiting a tiny swimming pool in his backyard- Save Japan Dolphins are working tirelessly to have them released- an organisation headed by Ric O'Barry (renowned as the dolphin trainer from the television show Flipper now dolphin conservationist). It seems anything is possible with money! Anything that is except buying the dolphins off the Taiji fisherman. A conservation group recently offered to purchase the dolphins off them for release- but because of their pride in their “tradition” they refused the offer. The dolphins were killed.
In Japan, the hunting is done by a select group of fishermen. When a pod of dolphins has been spotted, they're driven into a bay by the fishermen who bang on metal rods in the water to scare and confuse them. When the dolphins are in the bay, it is quickly closed off with nets so the dolphins cannot escape. The dolphins are then systematically slaughtered. The method used in Taiji - the only place in Japan to currently do this - is called oikomi, where dolphins are rounded up into shallow water and harpooned one by one, swimming for days in their fellow pod-member's blood.
The release of 'The Cove' documentary in 2009 has had a direct affect on changing barbaric methods used by the fisherman in Taiji whereby the dolphins are now captured and put into cages to calm down over night. However, the following day the dolphins are caught one by one and killed, usually behind closed doors so that activists and the media can not see what is going on.
The Japanese government states that 'dolphins now may only be killed by driving a metal pin into their neck, which causes them to die within seconds'. This law is not enforced however and throat cutting and harpooning is still witnessed. The numbers of dolphins and other cetaceans that are being murdered in Taiji is rapidly decreasing due to international pressure. The hunting is no longer financially viable and the only reason fisherman can continue to hunt is because large dolphinariums around the world are buying wild dolphins for thousands of dollars. They buy them to perform at their parks and in so doing are not only sealing the fate of thousands of other dolphins to an inhumane death, but are also incarcerating wild animals and enslaving them to a fate dictated by the amusement of human beings.
DOLPHIN MEANT- Not Fit for Human Consumption
One of the worst and most horrible truths to come out of 'the cove' is that the molesters are primarily funded by oceanariums and dolphinariums around the world. Trainers come from parks all over the world to select dolphins to train and perform at their parks. These men and women know what's going on in Taiji and yet still support it through paying thousands of dollars to keep these animals captive in their amusement parks. Without the support of these oceanariums the molesters would not be able to fund their murder.
By bringing these heart-wrenching events to the world media front and exposing these shameful men for what they are doing we hope to bring an end to this massacre once and for all!