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January 17, 2011 / V A Nichols

Dolphin Slaughter Continues in Taiji

 

Dolphin Slaughter Continues in Taiji

January 12, 2011 by Ric O’Barry, Earth Island Institute

Dolphin Slaughter Continues in Taiji

By Ric O’Barry

Campaign Director

Save Japan Dolphins

Earth Island Institute

The chasing and killing of dolphins is back in full swing in Taiji today, as reported by Tim Burns and Jim Powers, with more video from Leah Lemieux:

Today the Taiji boats had to go far to find dolphins.  The boats split into two groups; both found dolphins and drove them towards the cove.

Thankfully the second group of boats lost the pod a few hundred yards from the mouth of the harbor.  The remaining boats drove fourteen Striped dolphins into the killing cove.  It was a huge battle back and fourth between the dodging dolphins and the fishermen’s boats only a few hundred yards from the mouth of the killing cove.

Once they had them in to the cove, the most gruesome sight we have seen yet took place.  The dolphins wanted out from the nets, so they swam onto the rocks or into the nets many times.  The fisherman had a tough time as the dolphins repeatedly bit the nets and tried swimming over them.  Finally the angered fisherman began grabbing them by the tails and holding them underwater killing them.  Once they had them under the tarps it took about 15 minutes for them to finish killing them and loaded the dead dolphins into the boats.

Watching the terrified dolphins struggle in the nets was horrid.  You could feel the sense of panic they had as they tried desperately to get over, under or through the nets.  The fisherman acted ruthlessly and without compassion, acting very angrily at the dolphins’ attempts to get free.

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  1. Rebecca / Jun 25 2011 6:41 PM

    This is horrifying on many levels. Dolphins are beautiful creatures — there’s no need to slaughter them. What have they done to humans? I pray this nonsense ends.

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