Life Investigation Agency, a non-profit organization, filmed the hunt near Taiji in Japan. Some of them were destined to spend their lives in tanks in marine parks and aquariums
A pod of 40 dolphins have been shot after being thrown into nets at Japan’s infamous Red Cove.
Life Investigation Agency, a non-profit organization, filmed the hunt near Taiji, a small coastal town known for its hunting.
Some of the striped dolphins were destined to spend their lives in tanks at marine parks and aquariums around the world. Those unsuitable for shows are slaughtered for meat.
But Ren Yabuki, director of the organization, said last week that an “entire family has been slaughtered”, turning the waters of the peaceful cove “red with blood”.
He urged Britons ‘not to buy tickets to aquariums and dolphin shows which support these cruel hunts’.
Describing the events that took place the last week before the killings, Ren said four fishing boats, using the sound of their engines and hammering iron bars to disturb the dolphins, drove the pod into the cove.
He said: “After entering Kageura Bay, the striped dolphins started to panic. Some of them were bleeding when touched.
“We heard the sound of dolphins struggling, the sharp iron rods being rammed repeatedly near the blowhole, the spinal cord being damaged. The pain and suffering, the violent snapping of their tail fins on the surface of water echoed throughout the bay as they were loaded into small boats.”
He added: “This hunt captures live dolphins for shows, where they will be controlled with food, confined in small pools and forced to perform tricks for the rest of their lives, to earn money for them. humans.
Either way, it’s a miserable end for the Dolphins.
“People who buy tickets to aquariums and dolphin shows are supporting these cruel dolphin hunts.”
He added: “If you don’t want to be part of it, choose not to buy tickets for the aquarium or the dolphin show.
“Knowing this reality and feeling sorry for them won’t change anything.”
The Dolphin Project documents the number of dolphins and small whales captured or killed during a six-month season, authorized by the Japan Fisheries Agency, between early September and late February. Nearly 2,000 compounds of nine species have been identified.
Activist Ren said the hunt, which began in 1969, “has nothing to do with tradition or culture”.
He added: “I often see mother dolphins swimming close to their young to protect them, and young ones panicking, hitting the rock walls. Their mothers are then slaughtered before their eyes. It breaks my heart every time.
“Never have we seen such cruel treatment of dolphins as in the past six months.”
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Number of dolphins and small whales caught or killed in the 2021/22 season
101 short-finned pilot whales
251 risso’s dolphins
300 melon head whales
49 false killer whales
298 bottlenose dolphins
100 Pacific white-sided dolphins
450 striped dolphins
280 Pantropical spotted dolphins
20 rough-toothed dolphins