BAN THE SLAUGHTER OF DOLPHINS DURING THE TAIJI DRIVE HUNT IN JAPAN
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This season’s dolphin drive hunts in Taiji, Japan, continue in earnest. In the town of Taiji, Japan, hundreds of dolphins are herded into shore every year, to be slaughtered for meat or to be captured and sent to sea pens to be trained for a lifetime in captivity. The season for the dolphin hunts lasts six months, from Sept. 1st through the end of February.
The hunt follows a cruel process. First dolphins are driven into the cove from international waters, where sometimes the chase can take 10-12 hours, and that entire time the Dolphins are running for their lives. And sometimes it takes fishermen 1 week to kill all the dolphins in the cove, which means that dolphins are not even able to feed that entire time.
Here is a tally of the slaughter so far (credit Josweb.co.uk):
2017/2018 quota for the drive fishery in Taiji allows for a take of 2,047 animals from nine species and has added two species to the list – rough-toothed dolphins & melon-headed whales.
The 2017/2018 quota by species is:
101 short-finned pilot whales
450 striped dolphins
414 bottlenose dolphins
251 Risso’s dolphins
400 Pantropical spotted dolphins
070 false killer whales
134 Pacific white-sided dolphins
027 rough-toothed dolphins
200 melon-headed whales
PLEASE JOIN THE WORLD IN PUSHING FOR THE END OF THIS MURDEROUS HUNT.
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