Dolphin massacre turns sea blood red!

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Dolphin massacre turns sea blood red

    http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_833468.html

    Animal activists have released a video of Japanese fisherman hacking to death dolphins they had trapped at a small port.

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    An American anti-whaling group trying to stop the massacre took footage of the recent hunt that shows blood-filled coves and several dead dolphins being brought ashore in boats.

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    The tape, shot by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, graphically captures the end of a hunt, in which fishermen pound on the water, causing waves that confuse the mammals' sense of direction, and then corral dolphins into small coves where they can be more easily killed with sickles.

    Though subject to government-set quotas, the hunts are not banned under Japanese law and are not subject to international regulations because they are done near the shore.

    Several dead or dying dolphins can be seen on the boats, bleeding profusely, in the footage. Activist Nik Hensey said: "It's a wholesale slaughter, which results in immense suffering for these animals. It's a sight that one just can't imagine."

    The mayor and officials in Taiji refused to comment, but a fisherman's union representative said the kills are conducted as humanely as possible and pointed out the hunts have been part of local culture for 400 years. Hunting dolphins is not banned by the International Whaling Commission.

    Fishermen in Taiji regularly conduct dolphin hunts during the October to April season. They have caught more than 60 striped dolphins so far this year under the government quota system. The meat is usually canned and sold in supermarkets.

    But because of international pressure for an end to the killing of dolphins and the bloodiness of their hunting method, fishermen here have tried to keep out of the public eye. They do not permit videos of their hunts, refuse on-the-record interviews and have put barriers along the shoreline to discourage cameramen.

    The Sea Shepherd activists said they managed to get the video by camping out in the town for several weeks. Three activists from the California-based conservation group were briefly detained by Japanese police after trying to stop a dolphin hunt and scuffling with a fisherman earlier this month.

    The activists - a Briton, a Canadian and an American all in their 20s - were held for about nine hours of questioning before being released. They weren't charged with any crimes. Japan is one of the few major fishing nations that continues to support the hunting of whales and dolphins.
     
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  3. karlas

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    looking at that water is scary. killing dolphins i dont agree with but for the water to be that red that had to be a school of them. :'( >:(
     
  4. cmontana

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    What are they killed for anyway? Meat? Dolphin meat contains mercury concentrations from 10 to 500 times more per serving than the recommended human consumption levels. It's bad enough that we have to slowly poison those creatures by treating their habitat as a "universal sewer".

    In the words of the great Zen master: "Human beings, #1 bad animal!" [smiley=beadyeyes2.gif]
     
  5. Matt Rogers

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    [quote author=cmontana link=board=Evironmental;num=1067461134;start=0#2 date=11/28/03 at 13:11:05]What are they killed for anyway? Meat? Dolphin meat contains mercury concentrations from 10 to 500 times more per serving than the recommended human consumption levels[/quote]
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    hmmm... I don't know!
     
  6. reiple

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    This has been going on for a long time!

    Let me share a story about these animals.

    In the early 80's a small passgenger ship the Don Juan collided with a tanker immediately sending water into the middle decks and sent the ship down (fully loaded) in less than an hour. this occured in the evening.

    by midnight survivors clinging to their life vest and dead people were drifting in the middle of the sea. Rescuers came dawn the next day. A small group huddled together noticed small bites being made by what seemed to be sharks and slowly, one by one floating bodies of dead people were pulled down. children began screaming and even adults were crying and huddled together.
    Out of nowhere one passenger screamed as she saw hundreds of "jumping sharks" coming onward (the full moon allowed them to view the ocean well). A fisherman shouted to calm them that it is not shark but "lumba-lumba" or what locals call spinner dolphins. the dolphins pushed and drove the sharks away and surrounded the remaining survivors until day break when rescuers came.

    Seeing them dead that manner in that picture made it very hard to not be emotional.
     
  7. Matt Rogers

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    [quote author=reiple link=board=Evironmental;num=1067461134;start=0#4 date=11/29/03 at 10:13:22] the dolphins pushed and drove the sharks away and surrounded the remaining survivors until day break when rescuers came.[/quote]

    :eek:
    Wow. What a story Reiple. Thanks for sharing.

    I did some digging, this is what I found:

    http://journalism.berkeley.edu/ngno/stories/001436.html

    http://www.outdoorjapan.com/features/ojfeature-bluevoice-toxins-1.html


    >>>>End Dolphin Slaughtering in Japan Petition <<<< Click to sign.

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