In the small fishing village of Taiji, entire schools of dolphins are driven into a hidden cove after a prolonged chase. Once trapped inside the cove, the fishermen kill the dolphins, slashing their throats with knives or stabbing them with spears. The water turns red with their blood, and the air fills with their screams.
Thehe Japanese government permits about 20,000 dolphins to be hunted along Japan's coasts each year. In 2008, 1,857 dolphins were caught in Wakayama Prefecture, which includes Taiji, where dolphins are herded to shore into a hidden cove and killed. This a relatively small percentage of the total dolphins killed each year with permission of the Japanese government. Taiji has been singled out for scrutiny and criticism mainly because it uses drive fishing, in which the animals are herded near to shore and slaughtered in shallow water, as opposed to being harpooned at sea.
killing of the dolphins is often witnessed (and sometimes assisted) by representatives of Japanese dolphinariums, including trainers and veterinarians. The dolphinariums attend the hunts to buy showable dolphins for their own use or for sale to dolphinariums and amusement parks in other parts of Asia and Europe. The hunters make significant sums of money from these sales; a single dolphin can fetch more than $150,000.
The fishermen say they kill the dolphins "quickly and humanely." That's an outright lie. The methods used to kill the dolphins are so savage, it's hard to believe it !!! By some estimates 23,000 dolphin are killed in waters around Japan each. In years past, several towns captured live dolphins in Japan, but now only Taiji does. Taiji is a coastal town of about 3,500 people Wakayama Prefecture, Each year there is a dolphin and porpoise round up in waters off TaijI. As many as 2,500 animals—mostly dal’s and Risso's porpoises are caught and butchered or sold to marine parks. Taiji claims to be the birthplace of Japanese whaling. All around the town are statues and images of whales and dolphins. Dolphins meat is eaten in Taiji and some rural areas. The Japanese people have every right to know about the dolphin slaughter. And they have a right to know about the mercury-poisoned dolphin meat that is being fed to their children.
PlEASE help dolphins and not condemning them to death.
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