Why are some Japanese killing dolphins?

I came across a special about a horrific seen in Japan.  In the Japanese fishing village of Taiji, fishermen are rounding up and slaughtering hundreds and even thousands of dolphins and whales. 

After driving pods of dolphins into shallow coves, the fishermen kill the dolphins, slashing their throats with knives or stabbing them with spears. Thrashing about, the dolphins take as long as six minutes to die. The water turns red with their blood and the air fills with their screams.

This brutal massacre — the largest scale dolphin kill in the world — goes on for six months of every year. Even more shocking, the captive dolphin industry is an accomplice to the kill.

Here are some staggering numbers take from one of there killings.

During the hunting season that began October 1st 2003 and ended March 30th 2004 the fishermen of Taiji killed 1,165 dolphins:

444 Striped dolphins
197 bottlenose dolphins
102 Pantropical spotted dolphins
293 Risso’s dolphins
117pilot whales
12 false killer whales

In that same period they captured 78 dolphins for sale to dolphinaria:

67 bottlenose dolphins
6 Risso’s dolphins
5 pseudo orcas

What happens during there hunts?  Warning what you are about to watch is gruesome!

Please take a moment to visit the website supporting the efforts to save the dolphins and whales at Save Japan Dolphins.


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One Response to Why are some Japanese killing dolphins?

  1. emsu says:

    We would like to help, contact me soon, thank you.

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