Help save the Taiji dolphins

What’s happening?

In a small fishing village in Japan, dolphins and pilot whales are being herded into a quiet cove. If a dolphin like this one becomes trapped in the killing cove, his fate is uncertain. He, along with countless others, including pilot whales, are at risk of suffering the cruellest of deaths, being slaughtered in what can only be described as a bloodbath.

Fishermen hold large poles underwater and bang them with hammers to create a wall of sound that disorientates the animals and causes them to swim toward the shore. Here, 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, some die from stress or exhaustion.

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.

Why is this happening?

Worldwide condemnation has yet to convince the Japanese government that this brutal butchering should end.

The reasons given by officials are varied. Some say the dolphins and whales are killed for their meat; meat tainted with high levels of mercury and served to Japanese school children. Others say the ‘hunt’ is a form of ‘pest control’ insisting the dolphins are competition for the fishing industry.

The killings have also been directly linked to the lucrative trade in dolphins for the marine park industry. Investigators have reported seeing dolphin trainers assisting fishermen in herding the dolphins in order to choose those deemed suitable for a life in an aquarium.

Whatever the reason, there is simply no excuse for such extreme cruelty.

Supporting Animals Australia

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What can we do?

It’s up to Australian citizens to speak up for the dolphins in Japan. Please let the Japan Tourism Agency know that you will not be visiting a country that has such blatant disregard for life. The beauty and culture of Japan is only strengthened by its amazing wildlife and this should be promoted not destroyed.

Take action now:

http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/Ban-Taiji-Dolphin-Hunt

 

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