Published on January 25th, 2014 | by No Artificial
Dolphins Slaughtered in Japan
Fishermen on Japan’s Pacific coast kill a large group of dolphins as their annual cove hunt begins.
The annual killing occurs in Taij, in western Wakayama prefecture, where the mammals are driven into a cove and then killed for their meat using metal poles.
Before the killing began, fishermen pulled a tarpaulin in front of the cove to avoid animal rights activists and reporters from seeing the killing. A massive pool of blood seeped under the tarpaulin and spread across the cove.
“A metal rod was stabbed into their spinal cord, where they were left to bleed out, suffocate and die. After a traumatic four days held captive in the killing cove, they experienced violent captive selection, being separated from their family, and then eventually were killed today,” Sea Shepherd Conservation Society activist Melissa Sehgal told Reuters.
The British and American ambassadors to Japan have criticized the “drive killings” of dolphins citing the “terrible suffering” inflicted on the marine mammals.
“UK opposes all forms of dolphin and porpoise drives; they cause terrible suffering. We regularly raise (the issue) with Japan,” wrote the British Ambassador to Japan, Timothy Hitchens, in a tweet on Monday. Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. envoy to Tokyo, has also said she was “deeply concerned” about the dolphin hunt.
Japan sustains that killing dolphins is not prohibited under any international agreement and that the animals are not endangered.
The official statement from Japanese officials have also referred to the country’s “tradition.”
Japanese authorities added that the slaughter is no different from that of other animals for food.
The dolphin hunting season in Taij runs yearly from September to March. Sea Shepherd claimed around 650 marine mammals had been killed this season.