Japan fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism

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SharonMSHS wrote:

Totally disgusting!

Jan 21, 2014 2:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
Verpoly wrote:

Dolphins are not feared of extinction, but it’s difficult to teach the self-righteous Japanese what’s meant by cruelty, as they just wouldn’t care less what’s felt by other people when a greed is fed.

Sad sad human character.

Jan 21, 2014 4:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
spoc69 wrote:

So if we are offended why can’t we grow some for a change and put some sanctions on Japanese goods. That would get their attention and maybe bring some jobs back to us.

Jan 21, 2014 7:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
tatman wrote:

the japanese are a savage, cruel and brutal people. this slaughter is nothing more than inhumane and barbaric treatment of the ocean’s most intelligent animals. dolphins have recently been discovered to use language and call each other by name. bestowing a name signifies a sense of identity, something previously thought only humans possessed. i have lost all respect for the japanese people due to their barbaric “customs”. i condemn the whole lot of them to the same fate of utter cruelty that they bestow upon the dolphins.

Jan 21, 2014 7:40am EST  --  Report as abuse
makos wrote:

This is a very sickening tradition to kill and eat dolphins. It is 21 century and Japanese do not have to eat them at all. Wake up and stop this hunt.

Jan 21, 2014 8:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
VishFar wrote:

We the human race are the most cruelest living beings on the planet earth, and on top stands the Japanese, Chinese, Koreans who have different methods to torture animals. What a shame!!!!

Jan 21, 2014 8:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
explorer08 wrote:

Japanese culture has so many outward trappings of peace and tranquility and, yet, the wanton act of killing these dolphins makes me wonder if perhaps they still have a brutal, barbaric aspect to their mentality. Perhaps they are still as dangerous as they’ve been down through history and bear closer scrutiny and monitoring lest that barbarism comes back, full strength.

Jan 21, 2014 8:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
Juicy wrote:

reminds me of the documentary movie called “Cove” that deals with this Dolphin slaughter….. Fukushima and Taiji are all in the eastern part of Japan…. Wonder if these dolphins are fed up with radioactive substances in the water before they get onto Japanese plate as sushi… If they do, shouldn’t Japanese government stop this slaughter for the sake of their own citizen’s safety??

Jan 21, 2014 8:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
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Jan 21, 2014 10:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
ETJ wrote:

Thank you Reuters, for reporting this. Please continue to follow up as more dolphins will be hunted over the coming days and weeks! Unless Japanese culture includes brutally capturing dolphins to sell to marine parks, this is NOT culture and no tradition should sanction the torture and horrendous agony these dolphins endure. Not to mention dolphin meat contains high levels of mercury and other toxins and is not safe for anyone to eat.

Jan 21, 2014 11:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
Gracedivine wrote:

Japan conducts bloody and miserly killing of dolphins

Jan 21, 2014 1:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Helen1000 wrote:

Such horror is NOT Japanese ‘tradition’ nor ‘dietary culture’ that they claimed. One of Japan’s foremost defenders of the dolphins, Ms Sakae Hemmi (Elsa Nature Conservancy of Japan) recently wrote a letter to Dr. Gerald Dick, Executive Director of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), which includes the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), one of whose members is the Taiji Whale Museum, which takes dolphins from the dolphin hunts around the world. In an open letter to Dr. Dick, she stated: ”In fact, the history of dolphin hunting in Taiji is short. According to ‘The History of Taiji,’ edited and published by Taiji town in 1979, the first recorded dolphin drive was in 1933, with subsequent hunts occurring in 1936 & 1944. It was not until 1969 that dolphin drives have been conducted on a large scale. The history of the dolphin drives spans NOT 400 years BUT a mere 45. Furthermore, in 1969, the main goal of the dolphin drive was to capture pilot whales as prized showpieces for the Taiji Whale Museum. In other words, the dolphin drive is purely for profit, having NOTHING to do with cultural history.”

Jan 21, 2014 2:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Helen1000 wrote:

EIA reports: “Toxic Catch: Japan’s unsustainable and irresponsible whale, dolphin and porpoise hunts.” Japanese government faulted.


Jan 21, 2014 2:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Adam3215 wrote:

It is a shame… A beautiful country with archaic and barbarous traditions.

Seeing and reading about such atrocities makes me sick.

Jan 21, 2014 3:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Langtry wrote:

Excellent report. Taiji has been hiding this atrocity for far too long. Unfortunately it has taken the brutalising of 250 dolphins inc the senseless capture of a blind & deaf Albino baby for display, and the ruthless killing of her mother and family that got the worlds attention. They hide behind labels such as “tradition” & “culture” when it clearly evident that it is the lucrative sale of the live capture dolphins into slavery that really drives this “hunt”. I sincerely hope this is the beginning of the end for this barbaric annual torture & slaughter of intelligent harmless cetaceans.

Jan 21, 2014 3:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Daisy333 wrote:

Tradition? What a joke !!!! Is selling dolphins to marine parks for millions a tradition? If tradition is your excuse then use traditional boats used by your ancestors not modern boats and technology , see how many cetaceans you can kill in the traditional way? Also some traditions are barbaric and as we evolve as humans they need to be swept in the dustbin of history. This is a wholesale slaughter by poachers claiming tradition as an excuse. It is not sustainable and they have absolutely no regard for mothers and babies. Babies are ripped from their mothers , which are slaughtered and the defenseless juveniles and babies are driven back out to sea. They are often too small to be counted as part of the quota but they die without the adults. These so called “fishermen” have no regard or respect for cetaceans. These animals are migrating , they do not belong to the few greedy poachers of Taiji, Japan . Shame of the Japanese politicians that defend this indefensible wholesale slaughter . This is a abomination and puts a stain on the whole of Japan . Please follow Sea Shepherd & the Cove Guardians on Facebook & social media & spread the word . This horror show needs to end asap !

Jan 21, 2014 4:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MelissaK wrote:

“killed at least 30 as the annual dolphin hunt that sparked protest in the West entered its final stages”

There are still a few months remaining in the “hunt”. Taiji hunters have killed hundreds and hundreds of small cetaceans in this ongoing hunt since September. This isn’t over. Just because all the media was 5 months late to the party, doesn’t mean the hunt started and began this week. Get your facts straight please.

Jan 21, 2014 4:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SubtleTourist wrote:

i hate this dolphin business as much as any person but at least these animals lived free before they died, which is a hell of a lot more than you can say for most of the pork that people consume everyday without so much as an ‘eh hem, excuse me please, is it ok for a sentient creature to live a life of misery before meeting a horrible death in an abattoir to sate my desire for animal protein’

before we roundly castigate japanese people for the actions of a few fisherman, we should check our own backyards. as michael would say, start with the man in the mirror. next time you want to order a steak, think about the suffering the animal had to endure for your meal.

Jan 21, 2014 5:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Krista_L wrote:

To be clear, this was a single incident in an annual hunt that lasts months. The dolphin exploiters drive multiple pods, of multiple species into this cove to kidnap and kill.

Jan 21, 2014 5:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pamhastings wrote:

Thank you for covering this important story. The account was quite accurate and I beleive the world needs to know the level of sadistic brutality that is behind the for profit marine mammal shows. Please continue to cover the Taiji Cove killing. I want to kow why the trainers=Killers wear IMATA hats and gear? IMATA will not answer me. WE are the stewards of this earth and we all are quilty if we do not speak up for the voiceless. Thank you from the bottom of the ocean for this media !

Jan 21, 2014 5:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
marktwain54 wrote:

I’ve got an idea. Since we have seen over the past (nearly 4 years) since The Cove was produced, this Japanese village is probably laughing at us (Americans) since it is our own SeaWorld and other tank captivity establishments that, for the most part, “keep their tradition alive” at 1/4 million per good dolphin.

Say, here’s an idea. Boycott and eventually shut down all these archaic businesses worldwide. And guess what which “keeps that tradition alive”.

To only go after Taiji, though surely a worthwhile expedition, is not going to cut it until we just as heavily go after our own captivity prisons (like Seaworld) and have live feeds from there too, and huge social media campaigns. Yes I know Blackfish vs Seaworld is a very worthy effort but there’s plenty more. Let’s go after them and I guarantee you these Taijians will suddenly “find a new tradition” upon discovering nobody wants their “valuable dolphins”. Get it?

Jan 21, 2014 6:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

The only people in any position to object to the slaughter of meat animals are vegetarians. All others are hypocrites.

Jan 21, 2014 7:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MarcScuba wrote:

Finally this atrocity is being reported. gregbrew56 – don’t be ridiculous… it is the MANNER of the slaughter that is deplorable ( I am a veggie btw).I find it obscene that the rest of the world stand by and allows the Japanese to get away with euphemisms like “fishing” and “Scientific” whale hunting…. seriously, selling dolphins to marine parks is part of Japanese cultural heritage? I have the most sincere hope that everyone who consumes the flesh is rendered painfully ill with mercury poisoning.

Jan 21, 2014 9:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sirrr wrote:

Karma…Im sure that will go down nicely with a side of Strontium 90 and Cesium 137.
People need food to survive. Is there a less painful way to kill our food?
Stress realeases hormone that makes meat taste less good and tough. Maybe if people kill softly
the food is less toxic…but all food is toxic now. Radiation, GMO, Pesticides, Chem trails, Oil, Flouride, Hormone, Fertilizers, Nuclear testing, done…

Jan 21, 2014 9:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
_______ wrote:

dolphin taste good.

Jan 22, 2014 12:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
bonnieJi wrote:

Divest Boycott all things Japan, until such time this brutal tradition ends – period! EnoughIsEnough!!!

Jan 22, 2014 2:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
VioletaS wrote:

Elephants, rinocerantes, dolphins, sharks, dogs, cats, whales, sea cucumbers, sea horse … massacred hundreds of them every day. All this THANKS TO ASIAN DEMAND … are exterminated the fauna of our planet and not only that, they end up with jobs in many countries due to its cheap manufacturing and useless.

Jan 22, 2014 10:21am EST  --  Report as abuse
djangoist wrote:

Japaneese people are killing those intelligent dolphins at Taiji Cove every year.(Also they kill whales in the far oceans which they say for scientific proposes!)I strongly protest those killings and Japan goverment for not interrupting these acts.Japan is one of the strongest economy in the world.The whealth of Japan people is high.Do they really need a few dolphins meat?

Jan 22, 2014 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse

Australian hunts dolphins -> pic.twitter.com/Jw3XHPbFWw Canadian hunts dolphins -> pic.twitter.com/mflsUl4KJD Your fellow Americans hunt dolphins -> pic.twitter.com/ZUr4pGK5dw Peruvian hunts dolphins -> pic.twitter.com/VVxGLdtwia Indonesian hunts dolphins -> pic.twitter.com/LSPgkm3N81
@CarolineKennedy Any words?

Jan 22, 2014 11:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:

MarcScuba – As a vegetarian, you DO have room to object. My point was that MANY different food animals are routinely slaughtered in ways as ghastly and inhumane as these dolphins. But unlike dolphins and porpoises, most meat animals do not seem to smile at us as they perform at aquatic parks. The outrage here is not misplaced, it’s just too focused.

Jan 23, 2014 12:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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