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Evil Japan Begins Annual Dolphin Slaughter

Posted by feww on September 26, 2014

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Kamikaze nation slaughters over 2,000 dolphins each year

Each year, between September and May, the mutant kamikaze turdletts kill more than 2,000 dolphins, as part of their “cultural heritage.”

The butchered dolphins are used for food, despite the fact that the meat is tainted with high levels of mercury.

The massacre occurs in Taiji, a coastal town of 3,500 people in the backwater Japanese prefecture of Wakayama.

While Most of the dolphins are killed for their meat, many are sold live to aquariums around the globe. The most attractive specimens are sold for more than $100,000 each.

‘Barbaric’ Killing Ritual

The animals are massacred using a technique known as “drive hunting” which the Sea Shepherd’s campaign coordinator for the Taiji project, described as “barbaric.”

“Using metal banger poles to create a wall of sound to disorient and deafen the pod… forces them to swim away from the boats and into the shallows of the killing cove,” she said.

“Once netted into the cove, the dolphins are literally wrangled and tethered, often sustaining bloody wounds [… ] The dolphin hunters use large metal rods to penetrate the spinal cord. This is hammered into the dolphins and small whales. The dolphins do not die immediately, but are left to either bleed out from internal injuries or drown in their own blood.”

Taiji Sea of Red. Click image to enlarge.

The slaughter sparked renewed global criticism after Caroline Kennedy, the US ambassador to Japan, expressed her concern at the “inhumaneness” of the hunt.

“It’s eerie,” commented actress Shannen Doherty after visiting Taiji last week to witness the slaughter. “You wonder how they (the butchers) are able to go to bed at night […] I think being here rocks even the most hardened human being, because it is just atrocious.”

The annual hunt, which officially began on September 1, moved into high gear today.

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Activists File Lawsuit to Highlight Annual Dolphin Massacre in Japan

Posted by feww on May 15, 2014

Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunt Is a Mass Slaughter, Not a Tradition

Environmental activists are suing an aquarium in Taiji, Japan, a town made infamous by its annual dolphin slaughters, for denying them entry.

Earth Island Institute’s Dolphin Project and Save Japan Dolphins Campaign have filed a lawsuit on behalf of dolphins caught in the bloody drive hunts in Taiji, and in particular “Angel,” a rare albino bottlenose calf separated from its parents and kept in appalling conditions in an aquarium at Taiji Whale Museum, said Save Japan Dolphins.

When asked what happened to its parents, Taiji museum dolphin trainer said: “We don’t know for sure. They may have become meat,” AP reported.

“The lawsuit asserts that the Museum behaves illegally by denying entrance to dolphin welfare experts and observers on the basis of their opinion and race. This conduct is in breach of the Japanese constitution, which protects equal access to public places for all law-abiding people.”

The aquarium refused entry to former dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, 74, to prevent him from  checking on the white baby dolphin he calls Angel,  it has in captivity.

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A Day at The Cove! Image credit: Oceanic Preservation Society.

“They don’t want people like me to go into the Taiji Whale Museum to monitor Angel,” O’Barry said on Thursday.

“This is the largest slaughter of dolphins on planet Earth,” he said. “Hundreds of thousands of dolphins have died there, in the most brutal way imaginable. Angel is the symbol of all of that. That is why she is so important.”

“Angel is living in hell,” said O’Barry. “This one small dolphin has become a global representative of the thousands of dolphins slaughtered and captured each year in Taiji.”

The Japanese government aggressively defends the dolphin drive hunt as tradition, a preposterous claim because the mass slaughter  began in 1969, and in  the face of international opposition, including from numerous celebrities.

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