A minke whale dubbed Hope has been drowned by fishermen 19 days after being trapped in nets in an area of Japan called Taiji. This was a horrific and avoidable act of animal cruelty, and it was all caught on video by activists with Life Investigation Agency (LIA). And tragically, it was completely legal due to a deadly loophole.
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The ridiculous reason Hope died was because there is a quota for the amount of whales that can be killed when they are accidentally caught, referred to as 'by-catch.' That quota is 37 this year, meaning Hope won't even be the last. Hope the whale wanted to live and in the days before its death, it could be seen repeatedly making attempts to escape and tried to free itself by attacking the net over and over and hitting its head and back. When Hope realised there was no escape it starting showing signs of distress and began spinning in small circles. Hope was driven between two boats, tied with a rope around its tail, secured to the boat and held upsidedown underwater for 20 minutes until it drowned.
Hope the minke violently thrashed in the water as blood splattered around and the fishermen laughed! There were plenty of opportunities for these men to let this scared and peaceful creature go, and they purposely kept this whale inside the net until they could kill it!
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