Since the early 1970's - 1980's, fishermen in Japan, Denmark's Faroe Islands, and a few other regions have targeted not only fish but the dolphins and other small cetaceans who feed on them. In bloodbaths hard to imagine, fishermen in port towns such as Taiji slaughter tens, even hundreds, of bottlenose dolphins, Risso's dolphins, and false killer whales at a time. They kill them for meat and because they consider them competition for fish; they also sell a select few dolphins to marine parks and aquaria.
The price of a dolphin from these fisheries can sell to aquariums and marine parks for $32,000 USD per dolphin and $150,000 USD per dolphin if they are trained.
The slaughter of these cetaceans have declined significantly since the 1970's, due to public awareness campaigns and new laws making it more difficult worldwide to hunt these animals. Since 2009 Japan has gone from hunting up to 2000 dolphins per year to today where they are hunting around 800 dolphins per year.
So we can make a difference, and we have a duty to make a difference, for the welfare of the Japanese citizens as much as for the welfare of the dolphins, because dolphin meat contains dangerously high levels of mercury, enough to cause mercury poisoning which causes severe brain damage.
So join with me to peacefully voice our concerns in an informed and polite manner to the Japanese and Danish Consulate in Australia in hope of changing this profligate and unhealthy fisheries industry around the world. So that the Consulate may pass on these petitions to the governments of the most intensive fisheries in the world so they may see that alternatives such as whale and dolphin watching tours are far more profitable and kinder than the current industry.
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